Categories & Tags: Money In Politics

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The big money behind the latest attacks on renewable energy   |   November 20, 2015
Date on which North Carolina state Rep. Mike Hager (R-Rutherford) told the audience at an event in Wilmington sponsored by Americans for Prosperity — a front group for the...

 

Regulators fail to enforce campaign finance laws, so good-government groups spring into action   |   November 12, 2015
Some "social welfare" nonprofits have spent almost exclusively on individual political candidates this year and last, likely breaking campaign finance law. But the...

 

Big money in judicial elections intensifies racial imbalance on the courts   |   October 30, 2015
Big money is flowing into state supreme court elections at unprecedented levels, and it's hurting the racial diversity of the bench. Two reports released this week —...

 

Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas merger would create a political powerhouse   |   October 28, 2015
Three years after Duke Energy bought Progress Energy for $32 billion and became the nation's largest electric utility, it again wants to combine forces with a North Carolina-...

 

Nonprofits that spent millions backing Southern candidates accused of breaking campaign finance laws   |   October 23, 2015
Two "social welfare" nonprofits have been accused of breaking campaign finance law by spending most of their money on political advertising — and for only one...

 

Reframing campaign finance as a civil rights issue   |   October 22, 2015
To help build the movement addressing the problem of big money in politics, reformers need to reframe the issue in a way that engages voters by emphasizing issues that affect...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who makes up the political 'donor class'?   |   October 16, 2015
Estimated amount that will be spent on political ads this presidential election season: $4.4 billion Increase that represents over the last presidential election cycle: $1.4...

 

ISS REPORT: Despite state's growing diversity, North Carolina politics still dominated by white donors   |   October 15, 2015
In the political battleground of North Carolina, the racial demographics of the state's voters are rapidly changing, with African-American, Asian and Latino communities...

 

ISS Event: Money in politics as a civil rights issue   |   October 5, 2015
Big money interests increasingly dominate our election process and threaten the basic promise of American democracy: political equality for all. Like the poll tax of the past,...

 

South's presidential mega-donors, many with oil ties, give exclusively to GOP candidates   |   September 21, 2015
This year has seen an onslaught of donations to super PACs, outside political organizations that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions but...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who's behind the latest assault on the Southeast's lone renewable energy standard?   |   September 11, 2015
Date on which the American Energy Alliance (AEA) sponsored a roundtable discussion at the North Carolina legislature to push for a freeze of the state's renewable energy...

 

Gov. McCrory's mysterious role in NC sweepstakes scandal   |   August 21, 2015
The North Carolina State Board of Elections recently concluded its two-year investigation into campaign donations made by video sweepstakes companies to top North Carolina...

 

INVESTIGATIVE SERIES: The Drive to Drill   |   August 15, 2015
In 2015, Facing South published "The Drive to Drill," a three-part series by Sue Sturgis about the politics behind the push for oil and gas drilling off the coast of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Atlantic drilling push meets opposition in coastal communities   |   August 14, 2015
Date of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout off the Louisiana coast, which killed 11 men, injured 17 others, released at least 160 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of...

 

Art Pope jumps back into political spending game   |   August 13, 2015
It didn't take long for Republican businessman and political player Art Pope to return to election spending after resigning as North Carolina’s state budget director....

 

ALEC meeting draws backing from Big Energy, Southern corporate sponsors   |   August 4, 2015
Every year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative group that favors “limited government, free markets and federalism” and promotes model...