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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 --...

 

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...

 

After a political setback in NC, ALEC retools assault on renewable energy   |   December 13, 2013
After turning back a political assault on its groundbreaking renewable energy law, North Carolina could soon be a proving ground for a new strategy in the corporate-led war on...

 

'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...

 

Are conservative think tanks breaking lobbying laws?   |   November 14, 2013
A national network of conservative think tanks funded by companies and businessmen including the Kochs of Koch Industries, the Waltons of Wal-Mart, and Art Pope of Variety...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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....

 

North Carolina: A banana republic for dirty energy interests?   |   May 3, 2013
Clean energy opponents turned to dirty tactics this week at the North Carolina legislature to advance a bill repealing the state's groundbreaking renewable power program. In...

 

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...

 

How renewable energy won in North Carolina   |   April 25, 2013
A bill that would have ended North Carolina's renewable energy program was voted down this week by a state House committee in a bipartisan vote by a surprisingly wide margin...

 

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...

 

The nationwide war on state renewable energy standards comes to North Carolina   |   April 2, 2013
A bill to repeal North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy law is scheduled to get a hearing on Wednesday, April 3 at 11 a.m. before the state House Commerce and Job...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Bulk of Pope Foundation money channeled into conservative advocacy   |   January 30, 2013
In December 2012, the John William Pope Foundation -- the family foundation chaired and run by North Carolina Republican mega-donor Art Pope, now the state budget director --...

 

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...

 

Special Report: Mapping influence in North Carolina   |   September 24, 2012
Every day, groups across the political spectrum jostle to get their issues heard and influence lawmakers. Who are the biggest influence groups? How are they connected to each...

 

NC anti-wind power crusader behind plot to subvert renewable energy industry   |   May 11, 2012
An activist who has worked with a group financed by leading North Carolina conservative benefactor Art Pope to discredit wind power in the state has been discovered at the center...

 

Leading blogger for conservative NC think tank resigns over offensive Obama image   |   March 22, 2012
Thursday morning, the president of the John Locke Foundation, John Hood, apologized on his Facebook page for a picture posted on the group's website that showed President...

 

Art Pope turns up in climate disinformation exposé   |   February 16, 2012
Documents obtained from a think tank at the center of the climate disinformation campaign confirm the important role played in financing that campaign by leading conservative...

 

Top 5 of 2011 - #1: How to Expose a Big Money Power Broker   |   December 31, 2011
NOTE: Posting will continue to be light at Facing South as we wrap up the winter holidays. This is the final installment in our list of Facing South's top five stories of 2011...

 

Climate-science deniers join forces against NC renewable-energy program   |   December 9, 2011
Climate-science deniers with ties to the fossil-fuel industry have joined forces in an assault on North Carolina's renewable energy program and particularly wind power, which...

 

Special Investigation: Who's behind the 'information attacks' on climate scientists?   |   November 29, 2011
In the fall of 2011, Facing South published an investigation by Editorial Director Sue Sturgis into a free-market think tank that filed a controversial Freedom of Information Act...