October 21, 2016 -
Across the country, few politicians — especially at the state level — have been as generously backed and politically intertwined with energy interests as North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.
October 14, 2016 -
Numerous political spending groups unaffiliated with campaigns have already poured $6 million into advertising in the key battleground state, with others likely to get involved in the upcoming weeks.
September 23, 2016 -
This week a federal judge found that the FEC disregarded campaign finance law when it dismissed a watchdog complaint against two Koch-connected nonprofits that spent millions on elections but did not register as political committees. The ruling could lead to increased campaign finance transparency.
September 7, 2016 -
Kelcy Warren chairs Energy Transfer Equity, the Dallas company behind the petro pipeline being fought by Indian tribes who say it's desecrating sacred land in North Dakota and putting water supplies at risk. Warren is a major contributor to Republican political causes, but will his influence help his project succeed?
August 25, 2016 -
The North Carolina utility giant and other fossil-fuel interests are contributing to a national super PAC that's using divisive social issues like abortion and religion to boost the election chances of U.S. Senate candidates who reject the science of human-caused global warming.
August 19, 2016 -
A coalition seeking to curb the political influence of Big Money in Florida's Miami-Dade County collected more than the required number of signatures to put their reform initiative on the ballot in November, but county officials have been blocking the effort.
August 5, 2016 -
A coalition of 50 groups active in the Movement for Black Lives released a sweeping policy agenda that, among other proposals, takes aim at the Big Money political system that perpetuates racial injustice and blocks access to power.
July 29, 2016 -
The race for an open seat that will determine the ideological balance of North Carolina's high court is drawing intense interest from the legal profession. Lawyers who could have business before the court have contributed almost half of Republican incumbent Justice Bob Edmunds' campaign funds while sending a smaller amount to Democratic challenger Mike Morgan.
July 27, 2016 -
This is the first time in 40 years the Democratic and Republican presidential nominating conventions will not receive public financing, the culmination of an long trend of growing private funding of the gatherings.
June 30, 2016 -
In the biggest ad buy in its history, the Republican Attorneys General Association is spending millions on this year's race in the swing state of North Carolina. The group is funded mainly by corporations, including several North Carolina-based companies.