December 21, 2012 -
There are growing calls for better gun regulation in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. But what are gun-control advocates up against when they take on the National Rifle Association?
December 21, 2012 -
Dec. 22 marks four years since a coal ash impoundment collapsed at a TVA power plant in Tennessee, inundating a community and two rivers. As EPA drags its feet over issuing federal coal ash rules, politicians backed by industry interests are maneuvering to block the agency's ability to protect people and the environment -- even though their states have been adversely affected by poor regulation.
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 5, 2012 -
The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far is a mysterious Tennessee company that doesn't appear to make anything -- other than very large contributions to the conservative super PAC FreedomWorks.
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?
November 1, 2012 -
The Kansas-based oil and chemical conglomerate headed by billionaire financiers of the anti-regulatory right has dramatically increased its contributions to North Carolina politics as the state grapples with fracking and other key energy issues.
October 30, 2012 -
The race for a seat on the N.C. Supreme Court is turning out to be one of the state's most expensive contests, largely due to spending from conservative groups. Many of the special interests pouring money into the contest may have high stakes in the outcome.
October 25, 2012 -
The American Tradition Institute has aggressively sought the emails of climatologists as part of its effort to discredit the science of global warming. But when it comes to following the rules about its own legally required disclosures, it's less than compliant.