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.
November 9, 2012 -
Democrats are gleefully pointing to the failure of big-spending GOP donors to put Obama and Congressional Democrats out of office. But reports of Big Money's death are greatly exaggerated.
November 3, 2012 -
A new Institute for Southern Studies/Facing South report finds that money from outside groups is steadily climbing in state-level elections in North Carolina. What impact will they have on Election Day?
October 16, 2012 -
New campaign finance reports offer a glimpse into the backers of the N.C. Judicial Coalition, one of several outside spending groups backing a conservative justice for a tie-breaking seat on the state Supreme Court.
October 10, 2012 -
Amidst new controversy over its plan to monitor polls and challenge voters across the country, Texas-based True the Vote has insisted it's "nonpartisan." But recent IRS contribution records undermine that already-shaky claim.
October 3, 2012 -
Are you a blogger, reporter or otherwise involved in media? Do you want to cover the big stories in the upcoming elections about voting rights and money in politics? Then come to the Institute's media training in North Carolina this weekend.
July 26, 2012 -
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 FollowNCMoney.org, a landmark project to track the deluge of independent spending in the battleground state of North Carolina.