Categories & Tags: election spending

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...

 

Which Southern state is feeling the brunt of Big Money spending?   |   October 24, 2014
Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's bid to defend her seat against Republican challenger Thom Tillis is shaping up to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate races in history: a...

 

What will it take to rein in Big Money?   |   October 17, 2014
On Oct. 16, 2014, Ellen Weintraub -- a member of the Federal Election Commission, an agency launched in 1975 after the Watergate scandal to watchdog campaign spending -- visited...

 

How can we curb Big Money's corrupting influence?   |   September 4, 2014
Election Day 2014 is more than eight weeks away, but one winner can already be declared: Big Money. According to the election spending watchdog website OpenSecrets.org, U.S. House...

 

What does the Virginia Tea Party upset tell us about Big Money in politics?   |   June 11, 2014
Yesterday, in a primary election that startled pundits and the Washington establishment, Tea Party upstart David Brat -- an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in...

 

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 --...

 

Hagan, Southern lawmakers targeted in Obamacare attack ads   |   January 15, 2014
Between June 1, 2013 and Jan. 12 of this year, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity ran 3,535 TV ads attacking Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina for her...

 

What 'social welfare' nonprofits are trying to influence NC elections?   |   May 17, 2013
The recent media scandal over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups has sparked debate about how groups spend money to influence politics --...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Did Big Money really lose this election? Hardly.   |   November 9, 2012
After the most money-drenched elections in history -- with close to $6 billion spent on the 2012 presidential and Congressional races alone, by one estimate -- big donors and the...

 

They're back: Real Jobs NC unleashes money in North Carolina state races   |   October 18, 2012
They're back. Real Jobs NC, one of the key groups that spent money to help Republicans win over the North Carolina legislature in 2010, filed campaign reports over the last...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Art Pope-backed political group gears up for 2012 elections   |   June 22, 2012
Real Jobs NC, the political group launched in 2010 and backed by donor Art Pope to help win the North Carolina legislature for Republicans, is stirring into action again. Federal...

 

Are taxpayers helping support the Kochs' and Art Pope's attack ads?   |   April 3, 2012
On March 15, two nonprofit groups backed by Republican uber-donor Art Pope unleashed $500,000 worth of "educational" ads on airwaves across North Carolina. Aimed at...