May 6, 2014 -
A North Carolina Supreme Court race that's attracted more than $1 million in attack ads and other election spending leading up to today's primary has made national headlines -- thanks in part to research and reporting by Facing South and the Institute for Southern Studies.
May 2, 2014 -
Deep-pocketed interest groups are spending unprecedented amounts to influence a critical primary race for a North Carolina Supreme Court seat. Here's a look at the key people and groups behind the Big Money onslaught.
March 27, 2014 -
The Renew North Carolina Foundation, a political nonprofit supporting the agenda of Gov. Pat McCrory, doesn't have to disclose its donors. But thanks to a shareholder push for transparency, we now know that tobacco giant Reynolds American donated $50,000 to the group last year.
October 18, 2013 -
A redistricting lawsuit has landed in the N.C. Supreme Court, where plaintiffs are seeking the recusal of Justice Paul Newby because his 2012 re-election campaign got much of its support from the same GOP group involved in drawing the new political maps. They cite a similar case out of West Virginia that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled for recusal.
June 14, 2013 -
With special-interest spending on judicial races soaring, a new study finds that a state supreme court justice who gets half of his or her contributions from business groups votes in favor of business interests two-thirds of the time.
December 21, 2012 -
The GOP control of the House came despite more votes for Democrats. How did that happen? Republicans used dark money to control redistricting in many states, as the experience of North Carolina illustrates.
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.