Categories & Tags: Money In Politics

Outside political groups spent $10M in NC in 2014, favored GOP   |   March 12, 2015
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision loosening political spending rules, super PACs and other independent groups have dramatically ramped up...

 

NC lawmaker behind stealth attempt to block fracking air pollution rules a top recipient of oil and gas money   |   March 6, 2015
This week the North Carolina House of Representatives voted down a measure that would have changed air pollution rules for natural gas drilling sites. The proposal was sponsored...

 

Koch Industries tops list of water polluters spending big on politics   |   March 2, 2015
With corporate interests mobilizing to kill the Environmental Protection Agency's plans to restore Clean Water Act safeguards to thousands of waterways across the nation, an...

 

Home Builders among North Carolina's top political power brokers   |   February 27, 2015
The North Carolina Home Builders Association, a trade group of over 3,600 members that includes construction companies, developers, suppliers and sales and marketing professionals...

 

Southern Company caught promoting bad climate science again   |   February 26, 2015
Last week Fortune magazine named the Southern Company a top utility for the sixth year in a row, citing its "wise use of corporate assets" and "social...

 

Meet the Southern tycoons helping fund the Koch brothers' political war chest   |   February 25, 2015
Conservative mega-donors David and Charles Koch have created one of the most powerful political forces in the United States. The two brothers made their combined $86 billion at...

 

Can Republicans show they're against Big Money, too?   |   February 19, 2015
In 2014, Democrats made a big issue about Big Money in politics. With the billionaire Koch brothers bankrolling more than 40,000 ads -- mostly benefiting Republican candidates for...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers: Special interests spend big to get their way in Raleigh   |   February 11, 2015
By Alex Kotch and Brian Freskos The North Carolina General Assembly is back in Raleigh for the 2015 long session and preparing to tackle a host of issues, including tax rates,...

 

Tar Heel Power Broker Profiles   |   February 10, 2015
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks 102 influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers   |   February 10, 2015
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks 102 influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a...

 

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...