independent expenditures

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...

 

Health care law's future at stake in special congressional election for Louisiana   |   October 18, 2013
Tomorrow is the special congressional election for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district, a seat vacated when Rep. Rodney Alexander (R) left the House to become Gov. Bobby...

 

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...

 

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...

 

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: How Art Pope helped turn back the clock on voting rights in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2013
By Sue Sturgis, with research by Marion T. Johnson When Montravias King, a senior at North Carolina's historically black Elizabeth City State University, showed up at a...

 

Dark money group spent on House race, then told IRS it didn't   |   July 1, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Shortly before Election Day last year, mailers went out to Texas voters featuring pictures of a Democratic congressional candidate and a rare...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...