campaign finance

Smoking Gun: Tobacco giant reveals funding of NC dark money group backing McCrory   |   March 27, 2014
As a so-called "dark money" group, the Renew North Carolina Foundation -- a political nonprofit launched in 2012 to support the agenda of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory --...

 

Pope jumps into spending arms race for NC judges   |   February 14, 2014
First Art Pope helped change the rules about money's influence in electing judges to North Carolina courts. Now, the GOP mega-donor is mobilizing special-interest donors --...

 

'The public has a right to know about Art Pope'   |   December 2, 2013
Today, the North Carolina NAACP and other groups announced the launch of an "informational picket" at stores owned by North Carolina mega-donor Art Pope. Pope is the...

 

In media spotlight, Pope issues non-denial over role in ending NC clean elections   |   June 16, 2013
Facing South's recent report on conservative mega-donor Art Pope's role in ending North Carolina's "clean elections" program for judges has sparked further...

 

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...

 

NC gets warning from WV on ending judicial public financing   |   May 24, 2013
With its trailblazing public financing program for judicial elections targeted for elimination by Republican state leaders, North Carolina got a visit this week from two prominent...

 

Obama's flip-flops on money in politics: A brief history   |   February 4, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica When President Obama told supporters that he would morph his campaign into a new nonprofit that would accept unlimited corporate donations, the...

 

Big Money in NC: Outside groups unleashed $14.5 million in state races   |   January 25, 2013
When the 2012 elections ended with big wins for Republicans in North Carolina, it was already clear that Big Money -- especially money from outside spending groups -- played a...

 

Big Tobacco has a ball in NC   |   January 8, 2013
This week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is ringing in the new Republican administration with a series of events including a Gala Presentation and Inaugural Ball -- events that...

 

Art Pope's path to power   |   December 21, 2012
Three years ago, Art Pope was one of North Carolina's biggest political donors and orchestrated a well-funded conservative network. But despite his undeniable influence, he...

 

Art Pope rides again   |   November 21, 2012
In the 2010 mid-term elections, Republicans won control of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time in over a century -- and Republican mega-donor Art Pope could...

 

Big Money plays big role in North Carolina elections   |   November 14, 2012
When asked how he won the race for North Carolina governor in 2012, Republican Pat McCrory has repeatedly boasted to the national media that it's because he ran a "clean...

 

Raleigh businessman, Art Pope ally a key backer of group spending on NC Supreme Court race (updated)   |   October 16, 2012
Details about a big money player in North Carolina's closely-watched election for a state Supreme Court justice have been brought to light after months of his operating in the...

 

Nonpartisan? True the Vote gave $5,000 to Republican State Leadership Committee   |   October 10, 2012
In recent weeks, Texas-based True the Vote has been subjected to growing scrutiny for its efforts to mobilize poll watchdogs across the nation this November. While the group says...

 

NC judge takes public campaign funding, also gets backing from group that calls it "welfare for politicians"   |   October 5, 2012
This year, conservative judge Paul Newby is running to keep his seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. And, like seven other judicial candidates in this election, he's...

 

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...

 

FollowNCMoney.org launches to track flood of outside election money in NC (UPDATED)   |   July 26, 2012
(NOTE: We want to emphasize that FollowNCMoney.org has been released as a beta version only, in part because of gaps and inconsistencies in the data it draws on. Please let us...

 

The big money behind the assault against sea level rise science in North Carolina   |   July 11, 2012
A bill that would block North Carolina agencies from considering the latest science of sea level rise in making planning decisions has gotten a lot of attention nationally -- from...

 

Federal court rejects Virginia attorney general's effort to block climate action   |   June 27, 2012
A federal court has rejected Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that unregulated greenhouse gas...

 

NC business groups prepare to unleash big money in state elections   |   June 26, 2012
In a 5-4 summary decision [pdf] this week, the Supreme Court shot down a 1912 anti-corruption law in Montana which held that a "corporation may not make . . . an expenditure...

 

Fracking interests spent heavily to influence NC lawmakers   |   May 24, 2012
With the debate over fracking for natural gas heating up at the North Carolina legislature, a new report from an elections watchdog group documents the industry's generous...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The money behind North Carolina's marriage discrimination amendment   |   May 11, 2012
Date on which North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment declaring that "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be...

 

VOICES: The absurd prosecution of John Edwards   |   May 4, 2012
By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch North Carolina is the scene of an embarrassing national spectacle these days. The trial of John Edwards is a sad and sordid matter that has to...

 

BP sees a return to grandeur as Gulf fishermen reel from disaster   |   May 1, 2012
By Rocky Kistner, Bridge the Gulf The second memorial of the nation's worst oil catastrophe has come and gone, forever linked to Earth Day and seared into the psyches of...