campaign contributions

McCutcheon Supreme Court case could give money more say in politics   |   September 12, 2013
Why are social justice organizations up in arms about an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case involving political contribution limits? It might have something to do with America's...

 

Louisiana coastal damages lawsuit provokes wrath of Big Oil's political friends   |   August 8, 2013
After the Hurricane Katrina disaster drew scrutiny to Louisiana's flood-control efforts, voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 to allow...

 

Why is the White House aiding and abetting lawbreaking by coal plants?   |   July 25, 2013
A new report documents widespread lawbreaking among the nation's coal-power utilities that endangers public health  -- and it reveals an effort by the White House to let...

 

NAACP links proposed NC voting changes to historical white supremacist politics   |   July 24, 2013
The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and other groups involved in the Forward Together movement against the Republican-controlled state legislature's ultraconservative...

 

Watchdog slams Duke Energy's 'sweetheart deal' for NC coal ash contamination   |   July 17, 2013
The proposed settlement announced this week between Duke Energy and North Carolina environmental regulators over the utility giant's ongoing contamination of drinking water...

 

Fracking's democracy disconnect   |   July 15, 2013
Though North Carolina lawmakers have acted aggressively to promote fracking, it turns out the majority of the state's residents oppose the controversial method of gas drilling...

 

NC lawmakers embrace Koch-backed pledge against climate action   |   July 11, 2013
The political clout of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch of the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate is hardly news, but a fresh investigation provides...

 

Art Pope-funded group launches database targeting Moral Monday arrestees   |   June 19, 2013
The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh, N.C., has launched a database targeting people who've been arrested as part of the Moral Monday...

 

Duke Energy caught making illegal charges to customers   |   June 18, 2013
A watchdog group is calling on North Carolina utility regulators to assess at least $5 million in penalties against Charlotte-based Duke Energy for making tens of millions of...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Justice at risk from big money politics   |   June 14, 2013
In the last 15 years, factor by which fundraising for state judicial races has increased nationwide: more than 2 Amount spent on state judicial campaigns from 1990 to 1999: $83.3...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Three years into the BP disaster   |   April 19, 2013
In the three years since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and spilled 200 million gallons of oil, number of bills enacted by...

 

Meet the ALEC-connected lawmakers behind bill to kill NC renewable energy law   |   March 14, 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial and powerful group that brings together state legislators and corporate representatives to promote conservative...

 

After a powerful lobbyist intervenes, EPA reverses stance on polluting Texas county's water   |   March 14, 2013
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale mining project in Goliad County, Texas, it seemed as if the Environmental...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Follow the drone money   |   March 8, 2013
Date on which U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) launched a talking filibuster protesting John Brennan's appointment as CIA director, and raising concerns about the Obama...

 

Lawsuit seeks withheld information about leaking Gulf oil wells   |   March 7, 2013
Clean water advocates have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Coast Guard over its refusal to answer public records requests about an oil spill in...

 

Energy watchdog pressures NC governor over conflict of interest   |   March 4, 2013
With North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) refusing to respond to a request to disclose the exact amount of Duke Energy stock he holds, a watchdog group is running a full-page ad in...

 

Study details economic benefits of North Carolina's threatened clean energy program   |   February 19, 2013
Some conservative lawmakers in North Carolina want to kill the state's clean energy program, but a study released this week suggests they would be delivering a blow to a still...

 

Watchdog asks Gov. McCrory to disclose value of Duke Energy stock holdings   |   February 14, 2013
Following a Facing South report that found North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) holds significant amounts of Duke Energy stock, a watchdog group sent him a letter asking him to...

 

Will Gov. McCrory help his friend Duke Energy capture the N.C. Utility Commission?   |   February 13, 2013
This is a critical moment for North Carolina's energy future, as a packed public hearing held in Raleigh this week showed -- and there are growing concerns that the politician...

 

Art Pope still funding climate disinformation   |   February 6, 2013
As North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's budget director, Art Pope will help make important fiscal decisions for a state facing serious threats due to climate disruption, from...

 

Amid North Carolina anti-labor campaign, public workers score union win   |   January 17, 2013
North Carolina is already the least-unionized state in the nation, with a union membership rate of only 2.9 percent and a ban on collective bargaining by public employees. And if...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The big money behind Big Gun   |   December 21, 2012
Amount the National Rifle Association, the leading U.S. gun-rights lobbying group, spent on the 2012 election: $18.6 million Factor by which that exceeded spending by the leading...

 

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million   |   November 5, 2012
By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien, Center for Public Integrity The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn't appear to make anything -- other...

 

Congressman who compared cigarettes to smoking lettuce becomes lobbyist for R.J. Reynolds   |   October 3, 2012
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica A former 18-year member of Congress who was a longtime friend of the tobacco industry while in office has become a paid consultant and registered...

 

NC legislative leaders breaking records for special-interest fundraising   |   August 27, 2012
The leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly are raising more money from special-interest political action committees than their predecessors, despite promises of ending the...