Now who are Ann and John Campbell, the people who've donated some $50,000 to help elect the new Democratic candidates to the Wake County school board?
As noted in today's article by John Frank, the Campbells aren't talking. Neither are their friends or associates.
"Their involvement is more about policy than politics," said Dan Blue III, a close friend of John Campbell who used to work him. He refused to talk more about the Campbells, calling them "private citizens" who don't want the spotlight.
Their big checks in the schools race surprised many top party officials and fundraisers.
"I've been involved in North Carolina and local politics for 20 years, and I've never met either one until the last year," said Mack Paul, the Wake County Democratic Party chairman.
But as the article indicated, the transition from magnet school parents to activists seem to take place a year ago at an informal meeting that the Campbells hosted for concerned parents at their North Raleigh home.
The topic: how to overthrow the board majority. The discussion involved strategy, candidate recruitment and what it would take to put Democrats back in power.
Those familiar with the Campbells suggest the "Art-Pope-of-the-left" label doesn't fit, describing the couple as parent-activists and public school advocates amid a time of great change in the direction of the Wake County school system.
"These are people who care about the issues and they haven't asked me to do anything," said Jim Martin, a Democrat who received the maximum contribution from the Campbells in his successful school board campaign in October.
"There's no think tank behind them," he added, referring to the Pope-backed conservative Civitas Institute.