May 29, 2012 -
With the Supreme Court preparing to hear a sequel to its landmark decision on money in politics, states and grassroots activists are building pressure to reconsider the role of corporations in our democracy.
May 4, 2012 -
In a critical election year, North Carolina state Sen. Don Vaughan is seeking the top leadership post in the state Democratic Party. He's also a member of the controversial right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council.
May 1, 2012 -
In the face of growing controversy, the corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council still has allies in the dozens of politicians they've given awards to over the years. Who are the ALEC All-Stars in your state?
April 27, 2012 -
Want proof that the corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council has a powerful say in state government? Look no further than South Carolina, where lawmakers specifically exempted the group from a lobbying ethics bill.
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.
March 2, 2012 -
A joint investigation into Art Pope's political empire wins an Investigative Reporting award from North Carolina's leading newspaper association, who call it a "fascinating study" of how Pope's singular influence "has shaped the lives of so many people."
February 15, 2012 -
Students in Raleigh, North Carolina -- the home base of top Republican donor Art Pope -- are picketing Pope's stores, hoping to highlight a disconnect between his low-income, minority shoppers and the conservative agenda his money supports.
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.