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Art Pope's money helped create North Carolina's 'bathroom bill'   |   May 6, 2016
With North Carolina reeling from its notorious House Bill 2, a law hurriedly passed during a special legislative session in late March requiring transgender people to use public...

 

Lawmakers call for hearings on bills demanded by Democracy Spring protesters   |   April 29, 2016
Thousands of people converged in Washington, D.C. in April as part of the Democracy Spring and Democracy Awakening movements to protest big money in politics and advocate expanded...

 

Companies opposing Mississippi's anti-LGBT law helped elect its proponents   |   April 22, 2016
America's latest anti-LGBT law is Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523). Signed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on April 5,...

 

Southerners flock to Washington for Democracy Spring protests   |   April 14, 2016
When Philip Hesslup heard that Republican senators blocked legislation providing medical care for 9/11 first responders last year, that was the last straw. Hesslup, a 29-year-old...

 

Businesses opposing N.C.'s HB2 helped elect legislators behind it   |   April 5, 2016
Since the hurried passage of North Carolina's HB2 last month in a special legislative session, numerous businesses have publicly spoken out against the law, which bars...

 

Outside money wins in North Carolina's legislative primaries   |   March 24, 2016
The 2016 presidential race has seen an explosion of spending by groups independent of campaigns or parties, with these outside organizations investing more than $270 million so...

 

Business groups spend heavily on N.C. legislative primaries   |   March 11, 2016
With the North Carolina primary election coming up on March 15 and numerous legislative seats up for grabs because of resignations and retirements, outside political groups...

 

The major presidential candidates on voting rights   |   February 25, 2016
Next week, the seven remaining Democratic and Republican presidential candidates will face off in their respective party primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday. Of all days...

 

Massive civil disobedience planned at U.S. Capitol to press case for fair elections   |   February 19, 2016
On April 2, hundreds of Americans will gather at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to begin a 10-day march south to the nation's capital to engage in mass civil disobedience...

 

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...

 

Winning the fight against gerrymandering in the South   |   January 29, 2016
After the wave of Tea Party victories across the nation turned more state legislatures red in 2010, Republican lawmakers redistricted their states to the party's benefit. In...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream' speech was born in North Carolina   |   August 12, 2015
Nine months before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., he gave nearly the same address at...

 

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...

 

Deep-pocketed network pushes to expand vouchers in North Carolina   |   April 16, 2015
In a few months, North Carolina’s $10 million private school voucher program could quadruple in size, according to Wake County GOP Rep. Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tempore of the...

 

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...

 

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...