money in politics

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...

 

'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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

After a powerful lobbyist intervenes, EPA reverses stance on polluting Texas county's water   |   March 14, 2013
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale mining project in Goliad County, Texas, it seemed as if the Environmental...

 

Are NC schools teaching Art Pope's version of history?   |   February 28, 2013
This week, Durham, N.C.-based Indy Week reported that North Carolina's leading education agency was promoting a curious resource for teachers in public schools: the Bill of...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

VOICES: Presidential politics vs. workers' rights   |   October 24, 2012
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Just a couple weeks to election day, and Americans will see how far Big Money can determine the political future of this nation. The world has changed...

 

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...

 

Want to be an election watchdog? (updated)   |   October 3, 2012
Calling all bloggers, reporters and other media types: Do you want to write or report on the 2012 elections? Do you want to learn more about key election issues like voting rights...

 

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...

 

What's next for Citizens United?   |   May 29, 2012
Mark your calendars for June 14, 2012. That's the day that the U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will take up what's being called Citizens United II, the first major...

 

NC Democratic Party chair hopeful is active in ALEC   |   May 4, 2012
North Carolina Democrats are looking for a good leader, and the stakes couldn't be higher. The party's national convention in Charlotte is three months away, the state...