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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 --...

 

Rays of light shine on political dark money   |   March 13, 2014
In recent years, the amount of election money flowing through "dark money" groups -- those that don't have to disclose their donors -- has skyrocketed, helped by the...

 

Power and Justice: Duke Energy extends influence to NC courts   |   March 7, 2014
In the wake of Duke Energy's massive coal ash spill in early February, which caused 40,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of ash-contaminated water to flood into the...

 

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 --...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Four years after Citizens United, the movement for reform is growing   |   January 24, 2014
Number of years ago this week the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling allowing corporations, associations and unions to spend unlimited amounts in elections as...

 

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...

 

Art Pope's network misleads, back-pedals in wake of Moyers documentary   |   January 10, 2014
In North Carolina, no single person orchestrates a political machine as big -- and, at the moment, as effective -- as the one erected by GOP mega-donor and state budget director...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The fight for North Carolina's future continues   |   January 3, 2014
Amount multimillionaire conservative donor Art Pope, his immediate family, and his company, Variety Wholesalers, contributed to North Carolina state politics in the 2010 election...

 

Bill Moyers examines NC's 'State of Conflict'   |   January 2, 2014
2013 proved to be a tumultuous year in North Carolina politics, and a leading journalist's TV show will examine the battles underway in a documentary that will begin airing...

 

'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...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Public concern grows over money-drenched courts   |   November 1, 2013
Independent spending on state supreme court races by special interest groups in the 2011-2012 election cycle, a record high: $15.4 million Percent by which that amount exceeded...

 

On North Carolina's high court, corruption worse than West Virginia?   |   October 18, 2013
It was a judicial corruption case shocking in its brazenness -- even for West Virginia, a state renowned for its history of corruption. In 2002, a West Virginia jury awarded $50...

 

Why is GOP mega-donor Art Pope distancing himself from controversial big-money groups?   |   October 9, 2013
Nick Nyhart of the campaign finance watchdog group Public Campaign wrote an op-ed for a North Carolina newspaper last week that's set off a war of words with the state's...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Will dark money lift Gov. McCrory's sinking popularity?   |   September 20, 2013
Year in which allies of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) formed a private political nonprofit called the Foundation for North Carolina to promote his agenda: 2012 As a so-...

 

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...

 

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...

 

How Art Pope killed clean elections for judges in North Carolina   |   June 13, 2013
On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 11, as the North Carolina House jousted over details of the state budget, Rep. Jonathan Jordan, a Republican attorney from the state's...

 

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 --...

 

Art Pope back in glare of national spotlight   |   May 15, 2013
NOTE: Posting will be light this week as the Institute for Southern Studies moves to its new offices at MDC in downtown Durham. We'll resume regular daily posting next week....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Buying the courts in North Carolina?   |   April 26, 2013
Year in which North Carolina launched a voluntary public financing program for judicial elections: 2004 Percent of candidates for the N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals who...

 

Art Pope-backed lawmaker leads push for new voting restrictions in NC   |   April 3, 2013
Over the last week, Republicans in the North Carolina Senate have pushed a series of bills with wide-ranging implications for how people vote, including slashing early voting days...

 

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...

 

Citizens United at Three: The fight for democracy continues   |   January 21, 2013
Besides being Inauguration Day and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, today also marks the three-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, in which...

 

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...