February 6, 2013 -
Conservative mega-donor Art Pope has helped finance a movement to discredit mainstream climate science. Now North Carolina's budget director, he will help make important fiscal decisions for a state facing serious threats from climate change.
January 30, 2013 -
Every December, the family foundation run by GOP mega-donor Art Pope publicizes the money it gives to the arts and community services. But it rarely mentions its grants to conservative groups and causes -- even though they make up 70% of the Pope Foundation's philanthropy.
January 25, 2013 -
North Carolina and Louisiana are among the states considering a plan to eliminate corporate and personal income taxes. But analyses of the plan and other work by its author find serious flaws -- and one of the plan's own financiers is distancing himself from it publicly.
December 21, 2012 -
Wealthy Republican donor Art Pope has been building influence and clout for years in North Carolina. Appointed this week to direct the state's budget, he now finds himself with his hands on the levers of power.
November 21, 2012 -
Conservative donor Art Pope's money helped the GOP take control of North Carolina's legislature in 2010. In 2012, Pope's family, business and groups helped fuel even bigger Republican gains in the battleground state.
October 5, 2012 -
Conservative N.C. Supreme Court justice Paul Newby has taken $240,100 in public campaign funding to help run his re-election campaign. He's also getting support from a right-wing political group that calls public funding "immoral" and "welfare for politicians."
September 24, 2012 -
Who are the biggest groups vying for influence in North Carolina? How are conservative and progressive groups different? An Institute report offers a glimpse into some of the biggest groups and networks on the left and right in the state.
April 3, 2012 -
Right-wing donors like the Koch brothers and Art Pope rail against the use of public money to level the campaign finance playing field. But their use of nonprofit charities -- which benefit from government subsidies -- for political activities is coming under growing scrutiny.
December 31, 2011 -
In our final look at Facing South's top stories of 2011, a look at how we helped push North Carolina's secretive but influential conservative benefactor Art Pope into the national spotlight -- offering not only a revealing look at Pope's influence in N.C. but the role of Big Money influence in today's political landscape.