Money In Politics

New details emerge on Gov. McCrory's Duke Energy money ties   |   April 22, 2014
As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to probe the relationship between North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration and Duke Energy following the company's...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Big Oil aims to kill Louisiana coastal damage lawsuit   |   April 8, 2014
Number of oil and gas companies being sued by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in a bid to make them pay billions of dollars to repair the damage they'...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Supreme Court win for the plutocrats sparks protests   |   April 4, 2014
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down campaign contribution limits capping the amount an individual can give to federal candidates and parties in a two-year election...

 

NC lawmaker overseeing legislative response to Duke Energy coal ash problems downplays toxic thallium pollution   |   April 3, 2014
Last week the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced that tests of surface water samples collected near coal ash waste pits at two Duke Energy...

 

Smoking Gun: Tobacco giant reveals funding of NC dark money group backing McCrory   |   March 27, 2014
As a so-called "dark money" group, the Renew North Carolina Foundation -- a political nonprofit launched in 2012 to support the agenda of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory --...

 

Who controls the Kochs' political network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE   |   March 18, 2014
By Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica Libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch were among the first to grasp the political potential of social welfare...

 

Rays of light shine on political dark money   |   March 13, 2014
In recent years, the amount of election money flowing through "dark money" groups -- those that don't have to disclose their donors -- has skyrocketed, helped by the...

 

Election 2014: Does climate change stand a chance against the oil boom?   |   March 10, 2014
By Greg Harman, The Daily Climate SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots'...

 

Power and Justice: Duke Energy extends influence to NC courts   |   March 7, 2014
In the wake of Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill in early February, which caused 40,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of ash-contaminated water to flood into the...

 

North Carolina citizens demand action on coal ash   |   March 6, 2014
Most North Carolina voters know about Duke Energy's spill of toxic coal ash into the Dan River -- and they want state lawmakers to take swift action to force the utility giant...

 

How ALEC helped Duke Energy block stricter coal ash rules   |   February 20, 2014
Duke Energy is not only the nation's largest electric utility but one of its political powerhouses. Besides the millions of dollars the North Carolina-based company spends on...

 

Duke Energy's inside connections to the McCrory administration   |   February 18, 2014
Following Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill into the Dan River, North Carolina state officials have come under scrutiny for their actions leading up to the disaster. Last...

 

Pope jumps into spending arms race for NC judges   |   February 14, 2014
First Art Pope helped change the rules about money's influence in electing judges to North Carolina courts. Now, the GOP mega-donor is mobilizing special-interest donors --...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Just how cozy are Gov. McCrory and Duke Energy?   |   February 13, 2014
Date on which news broke that the U.S. Justice Department launched a criminal investigation into the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)...

 

Bill to strengthen 'government by the people' finds broad support   |   February 6, 2014
Bipartisan legislation was introduced in Congress this week that would help tip the balance of political power back toward the people and away from wealthy special interests....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Four years after Citizens United, the movement for reform is growing   |   January 24, 2014
Number of years ago this week the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling allowing corporations, associations and unions to spend unlimited amounts in elections as...

 

Hagan, Southern lawmakers targeted in Obamacare attack ads   |   January 15, 2014
Between June 1, 2013 and Jan. 12 of this year, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity ran 3,535 TV ads attacking Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina for her...

 

Art Pope's network misleads, back-pedals in wake of Moyers documentary   |   January 10, 2014
In North Carolina, no single person orchestrates a political machine as big -- and, at the moment, as effective -- as the one erected by GOP mega-donor and state budget director...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight for North Carolina's future continues   |   January 3, 2014
Amount multimillionaire conservative donor Art Pope, his immediate family, and his company, Variety Wholesalers, contributed to North Carolina state politics in the 2010 election...

 

Bill Moyers examines NC's 'State of Conflict'   |   January 2, 2014
2013 proved to be a tumultuous year in North Carolina politics, and a leading journalist's TV show will examine the battles underway in a documentary that will begin airing...

 

Study finds shift to 'dark money' in climate denial effort   |   December 23, 2013
By Douglas Fischer, The Daily Climate The largest, most-consistent money fueling the climate denial movement are a number of well-funded conservative foundations built with so-...

 

Pickets at Art Pope stores reach small-town North Carolina   |   December 20, 2013
Pickets at stores owned by conservative donor and North Carolina budget director Art Pope entered their third week, expanding into towns and cities with a more conservative...

 

Art Pope think tank behind campaign to discredit and defund Medicaid   |   December 17, 2013
At a critical moment for the future of North Carolina's Medicaid program, a conservative think tank that was founded and is bankrolled by state budget director Art Pope sought...

 

The U.S. Gulag: Incarceration and the 'immorality' of private prisons   |   December 17, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   JACKSON, Miss. -- Mariachi guitarist Johnny Mora's bout with drugs was years in his past, but the legacy of jail time it led to is as...

 

NC scholars denounce conservative think tank's demand for professor's email   |   December 16, 2013
A delegation of scholars from North Carolina colleges and universities delivered an open letter to Gov. Pat McCrory and state Budget Director Art Pope today, calling on them to...