Categories & Tags: money in politics

Art Pope jumps back into political spending game   |   August 13, 2015
It didn't take long for Republican businessman and political player Art Pope to return to election spending after resigning as North Carolina’s state budget director....

 

ALEC meeting draws backing from Big Energy, Southern corporate sponsors   |   August 4, 2015
Every year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative group that favors “limited government, free markets and federalism” and promotes model...

 

Charleston massacre draws attention to white supremacist backing of politicians   |   June 24, 2015
This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings...

 

Can Republicans show they're against Big Money, too?   |   February 19, 2015
In 2014, Democrats made a big issue about Big Money in politics. With the billionaire Koch brothers bankrolling more than 40,000 ads -- mostly benefiting Republican candidates for...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers: Special interests spend big to get their way in Raleigh   |   February 11, 2015
By Alex Kotch and Brian Freskos The North Carolina General Assembly is back in Raleigh for the 2015 long session and preparing to tackle a host of issues, including tax rates,...

 

Tar Heel Power Broker Profiles   |   February 10, 2015
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks 102 influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a...

 

Tar Heel Power Brokers   |   February 10, 2015
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks 102 influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a...

 

From Selma to Citizens United: The contested struggle for one person, one vote   |   January 16, 2015
On Jan. 19, our country celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., half a century after his work -- chronicled in the recent Oscar-nominated movie "Selma" --...

 

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...

 

'Banjo ad' player is back, hawking a different NC court candidate   |   October 29, 2014
In 2012, Judge Paul Newby got a big boost in his re-election campaign for the North Carolina Supreme Court thanks to the "banjo ad" -- a widely-aired TV spot featuring a...

 

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...

 

Art Pope vs. cooperative economics: Who will save Raleigh's food desert?   |   September 5, 2014
Art Pope, a prominent donor to conservative causes and close ally to the influential Koch brothers, steps down as North Carolina's budget director this week, a move that frees...

 

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...

 

After tumultuous reign, Art Pope steps down as NC budget chief   |   August 7, 2014
This week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced that his budget director, GOP mega-donor and businessman Art Pope, will resign his position effective Sept. 5. The...

 

Outside groups pumped $2.6 million into North Carolina's primaries   |   July 17, 2014
Super PACs and other outside groups injected more than $2.6 million worth of TV ads and other spending targeting state races before North Carolina's May 6 primaries, according...

 

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...

 

Art Pope, NC featured in national debate on campaign finance reform   |   June 6, 2014
This week in Washington, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary committee led a hearing about the corrupting influence of money in politics, including debate over a proposed...

 

Institute research on money in NC court race makes national headlines   |   May 6, 2014
A North Carolina Supreme Court race that has attracted more than $1 million worth of attack ads and other election spending -- all before the state's May 6 primary election...

 

5 players behind the Big Money attacks in NC Supreme Court elections   |   May 2, 2014
If you wanted to visit Justice for All NC, a conservative super PAC that has ignited controversy over a slew of controversial attack ads it's unleashed in one of North...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...