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What’s New in NC Money

REPORT: North Carolina's 2016 state elections smashed outside spending records


Independent political groups broke records for spending on North Carolina state races in 2016, more than doubling the amount spent during the last electi

Unpopular anti-LGBT law may have tipped the scales in key North Carolina races

Back in March, the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature passed and Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law the controversial House Bill 2, which requires people to use public bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificate, removes sexual orientation from the state's nondiscrimination policy and bars local governments from raising the minimum wage above the state's.

Outside spending in North Carolina state elections shatters 2012 total

In one of the country's biggest battlegrounds this year, outside political groups have flooded airwaves and mailboxes with at least $28 million worth of political advertisements. The total spent by these groups — super PACs, "social welfare" nonprofits, charitable nonprofits and trade associations that all spend on elections independently of campaigns — will surely rise as reports continue to come in.

North Carolina voters left in the dark about millions spent on state elections

Outside groups spending on North Carolina state-level elections — for governor, cabinet positions, the legislature and the two highest courts — have already invested more than $22 million in this year's races. That figure, based on documented spending by political groups independent of campaigns, shatters the 2012 total of $14.5 million

The Koch brothers set their sights on North Carolina state races

Last month the political action committee of Kansas-based Koch Industries donated the maximum of $5,100 to the campaign of North Carolina's incumbent Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who's in a tough fight against his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Roy Cooper. The PAC also donated the maximum amount to the McCrory campaign during the primary. 

Outside groups spend over $2 million so far on pivotal N.C. Supreme Court race

This year's race for one of seven seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court, which pits incumbent Republican Justice Bob Edmunds against Democratic Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan and will determine the court's partisan balance, was expected to draw a lot of outside money. The latest reports show that the spending is well underway.

Pat McCrory: Big Energy's governor?

North Carolina's embattled Gov. Pat McCrory has been criticized for his close relationship with the energy lobby, especially the company where he worked for 29 years, Duke Energy.

A recent Republican fundraising event in North Carolina featuring McCrory and hosted by an energy lobbyist has renewed scrutiny of McCrory's ties to energy interests, and raised fresh questions about the relationship between the governor's re-election campaign and outside political groups.

A guide to the outside political groups spending on North Carolina elections

As Election Day nears, numerous outside political spending groups unaffiliated with campaigns are ramping up their involvement in North Carolina's state-level races. Some of the groups have already filed spending reports with the state elections board, and more spending has been disclosed to the Federal Communications Commission.

Proposal would give politically connected nonprofit unprecedented control of NC charter school expansion funds

A recent state House budget proposal would give Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (Parents), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advocates charter school expansion, the right to distribute $2 million of taxpayer money to nascent charter schools in North Carolina over the next two fiscal years.

Reynolds American increases political giving in 2014

Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI), the second-largest U.S. tobacco company and based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has disclosed its political spending numbers for 2014. The company began reporting political donations in 2012 in response to a shareholder who requested “greater transparency.”