money in politics

Special interests ramp up outside election spending, but is it working?

December 18, 2015 - Super PACs, "social welfare" nonprofits, and other outside groups are spending record amounts on ads in the 2016 presidential race, more than triple the total at this point compared to four years ago. But are the ads effective? We consider lessons from North Carolina, a key swing state that in recent elections has attracted record amounts of outside money.

NRA spent heavily on Southern senators who voted against gun safety

December 10, 2015 - Twenty-two out of the South's 26 U.S. senators voted against two gun-safety measures the day after last week's massacre in San Bernardino, California. All but one Southern senator voting "nay" received direct campaign donations from the National Rifle Association, benefited from outside political spending by the NRA, or both.

ISS Event: Money in politics as a civil rights issue

October 5, 2015 - How does Big Money affect the promise of political equality? An event co-sponsored by the Institute for Southern Studies on Oct. 15 in Durham, N.C. will explore how today's campaign finance system operates as a barrier to equal and meaningful participation in democracy.