Categories & Tags: Money In Politics

A pay-to-play pick for the Democratic Party platform committee   |   May 27, 2016
In a rare move, both remaining contenders for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination will pick some of the party's platform drafting committee members, while the...

 

Duke Energy flexes political muscle on fracked gas, coal ash   |   May 26, 2016
Duke Energy is facing serious regulatory battles in its home state of North Carolina, with climate-action groups doggedly trying to block the company's planned fracked gas...

 

Art Pope denies funding backers of N.C. 'bathroom bill' despite clear record   |   May 19, 2016
Art Pope, the discount store chain CEO known for pouring millions of dollars from his corporate treasury and family foundation into North Carolina state politics, appeared on...

 

Outside money wins big in West Virginia Supreme Court election   |   May 13, 2016
In 2004, West Virginia coal baron Don Blankenship put $3 million into a state Supreme Court election, funding an outside-money group that helped put his preferred candidate on the...

 

Art Pope's money helped create North Carolina's 'bathroom bill'   |   May 6, 2016
With North Carolina reeling from its notorious House Bill 2, a law hurriedly passed during a special legislative session in late March requiring transgender people to use public...

 

Lawmakers call for hearings on bills demanded by Democracy Spring protesters   |   April 29, 2016
Thousands of people converged in Washington, D.C. in April as part of the Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening movements to protest big money in politics and advocate expanded...

 

The ongoing fight over seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas deposits   |   April 27, 2016
Though the Obama administration dropped the Atlantic Ocean from the upcoming five-year plan for offshore drilling earlier this year, plans for seismic testing to map undersea oil...

 

Companies opposing Mississippi's anti-LGBT law helped elect its proponents   |   April 22, 2016
America's latest anti-LGBT law is Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523). Signed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on April 5,...

 

Southerners flock to Washington for Democracy Spring protests   |   April 14, 2016
When Philip Hesslup heard that Republican senators blocked legislation providing medical care for 9/11 first responders last year, that was the last straw. Hesslup, a 29-year-old...

 

Businesses opposing N.C.'s HB2 helped elect legislators behind it   |   April 5, 2016
Since the hurried passage of North Carolina's HB2 last month in a special legislative session, numerous businesses have publicly spoken out against the law, which bars...

 

N.C.'s coal ash-poisoned wells: a harbinger for problems ahead in other states?   |   April 1, 2016
Hundreds of well owners who live near Duke Energy's coal ash dumps across North Carolina have been left confused and worried by the McCrory administration's waffling over...

 

Outside money wins in North Carolina's legislative primaries   |   March 24, 2016
The 2016 presidential race has seen an explosion of spending by groups independent of campaigns or parties, with these outside organizations investing more than $270 million so...

 

Business groups spend heavily on N.C. legislative primaries   |   March 11, 2016
With the North Carolina primary election coming up on March 15 and numerous legislative seats up for grabs because of resignations and retirements, outside political groups...

 

Conservatives jockey to tighten grip on state supreme courts across the South   |   March 4, 2016
As the nation focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death, the future of many state supreme courts is in flux as conservatives try a...

 

Massive civil disobedience planned at U.S. Capitol to press case for fair elections   |   February 19, 2016
On April 2, hundreds of Americans will gather at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to begin a 10-day march south to the nation's capital to engage in mass civil disobedience...

 

Big Money's map mischief in North Carolina   |   February 12, 2016
By Alex Kotch and Chris Kromm This week a panel of three federal judges refused to delay its order that North Carolina redraw congressional maps before the state's March 15...

 

Koch brothers' super PAC rakes in millions from Southern businessmen   |   February 4, 2016
Conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch and their wealthy allies are planning to spend close to $900 million benefiting their preferred candidates in the upcoming...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The overwhelming consensus against Citizens United   |   January 22, 2016
Year in which the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision struck down restrictions on political spending, including secret spending by outside groups unaffiliated with...

 

As Citizens United turns six, the movement to end 'legalized corruption' gains momentum   |   January 21, 2016
Six years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, allowing unfettered political spending by corporations and...

 

Koch influence on Southern schools remains in the spotlight   |   January 14, 2016
A recent Facing South investigation revealed that right-wing industrialist Charles Koch gave more than $108 million to 366 colleges and universities between 2005 and 2014, with...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: As oil prices crash, a beholden Congress scrambles to aid a faltering industry   |   January 13, 2016
Current price of a barrel of oil: just over $30 Last time oil prices were this low: 2003 Price to which Goldman Sachs has warned a barrel of oil could sink: $20 Year through...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: President Obama takes on gun lobby with executive actions   |   January 6, 2016
Date on which President Obama announced a series of executive actions he will take to restrict firearms: 1/5/2016 As of the date of the president's announcement, number of...

 

Special interests ramp up outside election spending, but is it working?   |   December 18, 2015
Nearly six years after the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizen United decision changed the landscape of campaign finance in the United States, political spending is skyrocketing. The...

 

NRA spent heavily on Southern senators who voted against gun safety   |   December 10, 2015
The day after last week's massacre at a center for the developmentally disabled in San Bernardino, California that left 14 people dead, the U.S. Senate rejected two gun-safety...

 

Charles Koch gave $90 million to influence higher ed in the South   |   December 3, 2015
Last month, the provost of Western Carolina University in North Carolina asked the public school's chancellor to approve an academic center funded by the Charles Koch...