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chris kromm launches to track flood of outside election money in NC (UPDATED)

Chris Kromm
Big spending by super PACs in federal races has grabbed headlines, but outside money can have an even bigger influence in state-level politics. Enter, a landmark project to track the deluge of independent spending in the battleground state of North Carolina.

Advocates draw voting wars to a stalemate in key Southern states

Chris Kromm
A year ago, it looked like the war over voting was a once-sided rout for lawmakers pushing photo ID and other new voting restrictions. But through organizing and litigation, voting rights advocates have forced a draw in key Southern states -- and in some cases, scored big victories.

NC business groups prepare to unleash big money in state elections

Chris Kromm
As expected, this week the Supreme Court reaffirmed its 2010 Citizens United decision. While the ruling's impact on federal races has been well-documented, the influence of shadowy money on state-level races has received less attention -- but could be even more important.