Categories & Tags: campaign contributions

INSTITUTE INDEX: As oil prices crash, a beholden Congress scrambles to aid a faltering industry   |   January 13, 2016
Current price of a barrel of oil: just over $30 Last time oil prices were this low: 2003 Price to which Goldman Sachs has warned a barrel of oil could sink: $20 Year through...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: President Obama takes on gun lobby with executive actions   |   January 6, 2016
Date on which President Obama announced a series of executive actions he will take to restrict firearms: 1/5/2016 As of the date of the president's announcement, number of...

 

McCrory campaign cashes in on anti-refugee animus   |   November 18, 2015
Since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris by Islamic State operatives, at least 31 governors across the U.S. have said they don't want to allow any more refugees fleeing...

 

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-...

 

Pressure builds on NC governor to veto far-reaching anti-environmental bill   |   October 20, 2015
Environmental advocates in North Carolina are stepping up pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to veto a bill they say is the most anti-environmental of the 2015 legislative session...

 

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...

 

Enviros take NC settlement over Duke Energy coal ash pollution to court   |   October 14, 2015
The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a legal action this week on behalf of conservation groups seeking to overturn a controversial $7 million settlement between Duke Energy...

 

Will historic SC floods wash away state leaders' climate science denial?   |   October 8, 2015
South Carolina continues to assess the damage from the historic rains that fell between Friday and Monday and dumped as much as 20 inches of rain in some parts of the state. At...

 

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...

 

The South's democracy crisis   |   July 17, 2015
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision weakening the Voting Rights Act, states including North Carolina and Texas passed onerous laws...

 

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...

 

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...