June 18, 2013 -
A utility watchdog and its hired expert scoured Duke Energy rate-hike filings and uncovered numerous instances where the company inappropriately charged customers for things like political contributions and a sports team sponsorship. They're calling on state regulators to fine Duke at least $5 million for the violations.
June 17, 2013 -
The Texas-based group that targets alleged voter fraud is suing the IRS for refusing to grant its request for tax-exempt status. But the agency has cause to be skeptical about True the Vote's claims of non-partisanship.
June 14, 2013 -
With special-interest spending on judicial races soaring, a new study finds that a state supreme court justice who gets half of his or her contributions from business groups votes in favor of business interests two-thirds of the time.
February 18, 2013 -
A nonprofit that paid for Republican consultants to draw new congressional district maps for North Carolina -- a gerrymander that helped flip the state's delegation to the GOP -- got most of its original funding from big corporations including Exxon, Pfizer and Time Warner.
January 8, 2013 -
The parent company of Reynolds Tobacco is a key sponsor of events celebrating North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's inauguration this weekend, capping an aggressive year of political spending by the tobacco giant.
December 21, 2012 -
Wealthy Republican donor Art Pope has been building influence and clout for years in North Carolina. Appointed this week to direct the state's budget, he now finds himself with his hands on the levers of power.
December 21, 2012 -
The GOP control of the House came despite more votes for Democrats. How did that happen? Republicans used dark money to control redistricting in many states, as the experience of North Carolina illustrates.
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?
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.