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.
June 26, 2012 -
As expected, this week the Supreme Court reaffirmed its 2010 Citizens United decision. While the ruling's impact on federal races has been well-documented, the influence of shadowy money on state-level races has received less attention -- but could be even more important.
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.