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What’s New in NC Money

Duke Energy, Koch brother among top donors to Republican Governors Association

Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey and potential 2016 presidential candidate, chaired the Republican Governors Association from November 2013 to November 2014, helping raise $102 million for the political group dedicated to electing GOP governors.
 

State senator files bill that would defund group that spent $200,000 against him last year

N.C. Policy Watch found yesterday that the second bill of the 2015 session of the North Carolina legislature, filed by Senator Ralph Hise (R-47), would reduce the funding of the State Employees Association (SEANC), a centrist trade association that, along with its political action committee (Employees PAC), spent money to unseat Hise in last year's Republican primary election.

NC lawmaker leaves Democratic Party after winning re-election with help from GOP-leaning groups

North Carolina State Rep. Paul Tine, who won re-election in Eastern North Carolina’s District 6, recently announced he’s leaving the Democratic Party, registering as unaffiliated and planning to caucus with Republicans.

Post-election RSLC report shows continued giving from N.C. corporations

The Republican State Leadership Committee, the D.C.-based super PAC that has funded big North Carolina political spenders such as Justice for All NC, filed its post-general election report with the IRS recently. The period covers all of October and most of November. 
 

Justice Cheri Beasley wins recount in N.C. Supreme Court race

Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley has won a recount for her high court seat. Challenger Mike Robinson has 24 hours to request another recount. Of the four Supreme Court races on this year's ballot, Beasley's saw the second-highest outside money total, at nearly $434,000.

The Return of Real Jobs NC

After two years of silence, the committee that spent nearly $900,000 supporting conservative candidates in 2012 has emerged again.

New outside PAC enters the fray

Supporters of North Carolinas Skilled Nursing Facilities, a new independent expenditure PAC, recently filed reports documenting close to $53,000 in spending on behalf of six Republican state legislators.

Republican State Leadership Committee sends $400,000 more to Justice for All NC just over a week before election day

The D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee has given $400,000 to Justice for All NC, a North Carolina-based super PAC that has already spent heavily in one of this year's state Supreme Court races.

NC Chamber IE reports $200,000 of independent spending in the third quarter, mostly benefiting Republicans

The independent expenditure arm of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce has reported $205,565 in independent expenditures during September and October. Most of the expenditures came in the form of mailers supporting seven incumbent House and Senate members who are running for re-election.

NC Citizens for Protecting Our Schools expands its ad campaign to nearly $300,000

The liberal-leaning 501(c)(4) group, NC Citizens for Protecting Our Schools, has bought more TV ad time at WLOS in Asheville, bringing its total TV ad spending this year to just over $298,000.