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What’s New in NC Money

N.C. Families First increases TV ad buy to over $900,000

According to Federal Communications Commission records, the liberal-leaning 527 political group, North Carolina Families First, has increased its ad buy in the Raleigh-Durham area, raising the total to over $910,000. At least some of these ads target Rep. Mike Stone (R-51).

Recent reports show spending supporting and opposing pro-fracking candidates

Recent reports posted on the NC State Board of Elections website show state legislative candidates who support hydraulic fracturing are seeing significant money spent supporting and opposing them by outside groups.

RSLC continues receiving NC contributions, funds NC super PAC

The Republican State Leadership Committee's July FEC report shows more receipts from North Carolina companies such as the state's biggest donor to the group, Reynolds American. Reynolds gave over $50,000 to the RSLC last month, bringing its yearly total to nearly $427,000 and over $1.1 million this election cycle. Bank of America added $25,000, which makes its total to the RSLC about $100,000 for 2013-14. 

Justice For All NC's second quarter report reveals $900,000 ad campaign against Robin Hudson

Justice For All NC's second quarter report, released today, shows $899,000 towards an attack ad against Robin Hudson, which aired during the period leading up to the May 6 primary.

May report reveals large Reynolds American contribution to RSLC on heels of attack ad

A May IRS report shows that tobacco company Reynolds American gave the Republican State Leadership Committee $200,000 on May 5, six days after the D.C.-based 527 organization gave its second large

Mainstreet Merchants spends $23,000 on May primary

The first quarter report from Mainstreet Merchants for a Better North Carolina shows over $23,000 in indepedent expenditures leading up to the May 6 primary. The conservative-leaning 527 organization bought newspaper ads and billboards supporting ten Repubican and three Democratic state legislators.

Large donations from NC companies to RSLC when it funded Robin Hudson attack ads

The Republican State Leadership Committee's April financial report was posted to the IRS site this week, showing large contributions from North Carolina-based companies. These transactions happened during the period in which the RSLC funded Justice for All NC's $800,000 attack ad against incumbent Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson.

$2.5 million of outside money floods state-level races in NC primary election

UPDATE: As of May 13, 2014, Follow NC Money's revised total for outside money spent on state-level races is $2,462,575.

$1.5 million spent on NC Supreme Court primary

UPDATE: As of June 26, 2014, Follow NC Money's revised totals are $1,483,802 spent on the Hudson primary, with outside spending totaling $1,141,456. Justice for All NC spent $768,790 on its ad attacking Robin Hudson. 

KOCHPAC gives another $5,000 to NC Chamber PAC

KOCHPAC, the political action committee funded by employees of Koch Industries, gave a second $5,000 donation on May 5 to the North Carolina Chamber PAC. The first came on April 11, with both totalling $10,000.