Categories & Tags: campaign contributions

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Conditions at for-profit immigrant detention facilities in Texas draw legal action   |   February 19, 2015
Although President Obama's policy to extend deportation relief to millions of young immigrants and immigrant parents was temporarily derailed this week by a federal judge in...

 

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: Fighting Duke Energy's coal ash dumping plans   |   January 9, 2015
Date on which the commissioners of Lee County, North Carolina passed a resolution opposing Duke Energy's plans to dump toxic coal ash from distant power plants at a former...

 

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...

 

NC's ongoing coal ash regulatory disaster shows urgency of EPA action   |   December 11, 2014
It's been 10 months since a pipe broke beneath a coal ash waste pit at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina, sending 39,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan...

 

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...

 

Ballot proposals across the South: The good, the bad, and the ugly   |   November 5, 2014
Voters across the South didn't vote just for politicians this week: They also weighed in on state and local ballot propositions dealing with hot-button issues including the...

 

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...

 

Preying on the military, with politicians' help   |   October 27, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest Reincorporating in foreign countries with lower tax rates is not the only way large corporations put profit before patriotism. A front-page...

 

NC Supreme Court a 'virtual sinkhole' for environmental law, and it could get worse   |   October 23, 2014
The North Carolina Supreme Court has racked up an "extraordinary record of hostility" to the environment in major cases it's considered over the past 15 years -- and...

 

With public financing's demise, special-interest money pours into NC court races   |   October 17, 2014
When the North Carolina legislature struck down the state's popular judicial public financing program last year, it also raised the amount one can donate to judicial campaigns...

 

Charter school power broker turns public education into private profits   |   October 15, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation -- a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch...

 

Duke Energy's money is on a GOP-controlled U.S. Senate   |   October 10, 2014
The outcome of this year's mid-term elections will determine whether Republicans will take control of the U.S. Senate and thus both chambers of Congress, as the GOP is...

 

In Supreme Control: What do justices owe voters in exchange for taking their cash?   |   October 9, 2014
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch By all accounts, the 2014 North Carolina Supreme Court race, with four of seven seats up for grabs, is destined for the record books. Already...

 

NC judicial candidates set to spend record sums to get elected   |   September 11, 2014
This year, seven seats on North Carolina's highest courts are up for election -- an unusually large number of open seats that could affect the ideological balance of the N.C....