February 11, 2015 -
A Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies report reveals the top power players in North Carolina politics, based on their lobbying clout and spending on state elections. It's a snapshot of the special interests that are best able to make their voices heard -- and push their agenda -- with state lawmakers.
February 10, 2015 -
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks the top 101 most influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a combination of lobbying power and political spending in N.C. state-level elections. Use this interactive graphic to look up any special interest and learn about its spending and lobbying.
February 10, 2015 -
In a new report, "Tar Heel Power Brokers," Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies ranks the top 101 most influential special interests in North Carolina politics through a combination of lobbying power and political spending in N.C. state-level elections. These four interactive graphics tell the story of these power brokers' influence in state government.
October 29, 2014 -
The banjo player that appeared in TV ads for N.C. Supreme Court candidate Paul Newby in 2012 is back with a nearly identical ad promoting another conservative high court hopeful for 2014.
October 17, 2014 -
The tidal wave of money flooding into our elections is carrying us further and further from the ideal of "one person, one vote." But outrage over the growing influence of Big Money is sparking innovative efforts for reform.
July 17, 2014 -
A new Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies analysis finds that super PACs and other outside groups spent more than $2.6 million targeting state races in North Carolina's 2014 primaries, with almost half targeted at a key seat for the state supreme court.
June 6, 2014 -
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week on the corrupting influence of money in politics, and a North Carolina state lawmaker testified about the role of conservative political money man Art Pope.