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Republicans make big advances thanks to Citizens United

September 5, 2014 - Two election cycles after the landmark Supreme Court decision loosening restrictions on corporate money in politics, research is emerging that assesses its impact on our political system -- and it finds that the decision has disproportionately benefited Republicans, especially in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Big Tobacco merger unites powerful NC political donors

July 25, 2014 - The deal joining North Carolina-based tobacco giants Reynolds American and Lorillard also unites two of the state's biggest corporate political contributors. Besides donating directly to candidates and committees, the companies have also been funneling money into outside spending groups active in the state's politics.

FLOC launches ambitious plans in tobacco fields

July 3, 2014 - This summer a team of 30 organizers with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee will be working to sign up 5,000 new union members in North Carolina's tobacco fields -- part of a plan to press Reynolds American to guarantee basic labor rights in its supply chain.

INSTITUTE INDEX: A primary drenched in outside money

May 9, 2014 - North Carolina's usually low-profile mid-term primary election drew a record-shattering $2.5 million in spending for state-level races from corporate-funded outside groups unconnected to candidates' campaigns or political parties, with much of that money spent to influence a key state Supreme Court race.