Categories & Tags: Money In Politics

Governors' Big Oil-assisted lobbying pays off in Obama's Atlantic drilling plan   |   January 28, 2015
The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf this week -- and for the first time it includes waters off...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The dark-money monster unleashed by Citizens United   |   January 16, 2015
Factor by which election spending by outside groups -- those officially unaffiliated with candidates' campaigns or parties -- has increased since the U.S. Supreme Court's...

 

From Selma to Citizens United: The contested struggle for one person, one vote   |   January 16, 2015
On Jan. 19, our country celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., half a century after his work -- chronicled in the recent Oscar-nominated movie "Selma" --...

 

Duke Energy's donations pay off in Florida governor's race   |   January 7, 2015
Duke Energy, the nation's largest utility company, has been a major funder of a national group that bought thousands of ads to help elect Republican governors in South...

 

New IRS rules on dark money likely won't be ready before 2016 election   |   January 6, 2015
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica The Internal Revenue Service says it won't come out with new proposed rules for so-called dark money groups until late spring at the earliest,...

 

Duke Energy invests heavily in GOP governors   |   December 23, 2014
On Oct. 21, two weeks before the general election, Duke Energy of North Carolina, the nation's largest utility, sent the Republican Governors Association (RGA) the largest...

 

EPA gives weak protections to communities threatened by toxic coal ash   |   December 22, 2014
This week marks six years since the dam of a coal ash holding pond collapsed at TVA's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, dumping a billion gallons of toxic waste into...

 

How are charitable nonprofits getting away with election-season political ads?   |   December 19, 2014
Back in April, less than three weeks before the primary elections, the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) launched a $700,000 television ad campaign in North...

 

Corruption, illegal and legal, seen as a big problem in Southern states   |   December 9, 2014
How do we measure corruption in government -- something that by its very nature involves secrecy? The most common approach involves using data from the U.S. Department of Justice...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Tallying up returns on corporations' political investments   |   November 21, 2014
Amount that the 200 most politically active corporations in the U.S. spent on federal lobbying and campaign contributions between 2007 and 2012, according to a new report from the...

 

Outside election spending grows, changes in North Carolina politics   |   November 21, 2014
Just like the high-profile U.S. Senate races in 2014, state-level elections in North Carolina attracted a lot of money from super PACs and other outside groups. And just like the...

 

Bigger campaign contributions correlate with more wins for law firms at NC Supreme Court   |   November 20, 2014
Following the North Carolina legislature's decision last year to end the state's public financing program for judges' campaigns, an unprecedented flood of money to...

 

How Big Petro's candidates fared in NC legislative races   |   November 14, 2014
This was the first year that the American Petroleum Institute, the trade association for the U.S. oil and gas industry, made independent expenditures in the North Carolina...

 

The Steyer story: Election coverage gone bad   |   November 3, 2014
By Peter Dykstra, The Daily Climate I have no idea who will win tomorrow, or whether the Republicans will capture control of the U.S. Senate. Pollsters, TV pundits and the...

 

Outside spending reaches $7 million in N.C. state races   |   November 3, 2014
Nationally, super PACs and other outside political groups have grabbed national headlines for unleashing more than $780 million worth on TV ads and other spending for U.S. Senate...

 

Cost of N.C. Supreme Court races tops $5 million   |   October 31, 2014
Candidates running for the North Carolina Supreme Court have raised nearly $3.8 million for their campaigns this year, the first elections in more than a decade without the state...

 

Big Energy's outside spending in North Carolina: Who benefits?   |   October 31, 2014
A growing force in politics today, outside spending groups -- also known as independent spending groups because they're not allowed to coordinate with parties or campaigns --...

 

'Banjo ad' player is back, hawking a different NC court candidate   |   October 29, 2014
In 2012, Judge Paul Newby got a big boost in his re-election campaign for the North Carolina Supreme Court thanks to the "banjo ad" -- a widely-aired TV spot featuring a...

 

Southern Exposure: Journalism in the Public Interest   |   October 28, 2014
For nearly four decades, the Institute's flagship print journal Southern Exposure has been a leading source for hard-hitting investigations and thoughtful coverage of the South....

 

Preying on the military, with politicians' help   |   October 27, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Reincorporating in foreign countries with lower tax rates is not the only way large corporations put profit before patriotism. A front-page...

 

Which Southern state is feeling the brunt of Big Money spending?   |   October 24, 2014
Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's bid to defend her seat against Republican challenger Thom Tillis is shaping up to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate races in history: a...

 

NC Supreme Court a 'virtual sinkhole' for environmental law, and it could get worse   |   October 23, 2014
The North Carolina Supreme Court has racked up an "extraordinary record of hostility" to the environment in major cases it's considered over the past 15 years -- and...

 

With public financing's demise, special-interest money pours into NC court races   |   October 17, 2014
When the North Carolina legislature struck down the state's popular judicial public financing program last year, it also raised the amount one can donate to judicial campaigns...

 

What will it take to rein in Big Money?   |   October 17, 2014
On Oct. 16, 2014, Ellen Weintraub -- a member of the Federal Election Commission, an agency launched in 1975 after the Watergate scandal to watchdog campaign spending -- visited...

 

Charter school power broker turns public education into private profits   |   October 15, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation -- a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch...