Categories & Tags: Money In Politics

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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Big Money threat to our courts   |   July 10, 2015
Date on which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Florida's ban on judges personally soliciting campaign money, stating in the majority opinion that such requests cause "...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Gov. McCrory goes to bat for Big Energy   |   May 28, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The second in a three-part series. To read the first, "Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic drilling," click here.) When Pat...

 

Mapping the risk of judicial corruption   |   May 21, 2015
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, upholding a Florida law that bans judges and judicial candidates from personally...

 

Pro-privatization money behind bills to boost N.C. charter schools   |   May 15, 2015
Charter schools have experienced rapid growth in North Carolina in recent years after state lawmakers lifted a cap limiting their numbers. Now the General Assembly is considering...

 

Higher ed lobby quietly joins for-profit schools to roll back tighter rules   |   May 13, 2015
By Alec MacGillis, ProPublica The Obama administration is set to achieve one of its top domestic policy goals after years of wrangling. For-profit colleges, which absorb tens of...

 

Corporations under growing shareholder pressure to disclose political influence spending   |   May 6, 2015
Since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling allowed corporations and unions to inject unlimited money into elections, political spending by corporations has...

 

DRIVE TO DRILL: Energy lobbyists behind governors' crusade for Atlantic oil   |   April 30, 2015
By Sue Sturgis (The first in a three-part series.) When the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in flames off the Louisiana coast five years ago this month, the disaster killed...

 

Rapid rise in super PACs dominated by single donors   |   April 20, 2015
By Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Jonathan Stray, special to ProPublica (This story was co-published with the Daily Beast.) The wealthiest Americans can fly on their own jets,...

 

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...