Cost of N.C. Supreme Court Races Tops $5 Million

In first year since demise of state's judicial public financing program, candidate fundraising and outside spending push cost of N.C. court elections to record high

DURHAM, N.C. – Candidates running for the North Carolina Supreme Court have raised nearly $3.8 million for their campaigns this year, the first elections in more than a decade without the state’s public financing program for judicial races.

NC Supreme Court Candidates Raise 3.7 Million

North Carolina Supreme Court Candidate have raised more than $3.5 million this election cycle.  Below are the numbers including all 3rd Quarter Reports and most current 48 hours reports.  

With the loss of judicial public financing, candidates for NC Supreme Court have been forced to dial for dollars in a big way.  This election is shaping up to be the most expensive Supreme Court races in North Carolina's history.  

Dark Money Is Taking Over Judicial Elections

Everyday national and state media outlets are exploding with reports on how Dark Money is taking over our judicial elections.  With the loss of judicial public financing, North Carolina's judicial elections are at the forefront. Here are a few hits:

NCVCE presents "Friend of Disclosure" awards to 5 legislators

North Carolina Voters for Clean Election Coalition presents their 2014 Friend of Disclosure Awards to Senator Tom Apodaca, Representative Pricey Harrison, Representative David Lewis, Representative Paul Luebke and Representative Paul Stam for their work on passing electronic disclosure of campaign finance NCVreports.

Fed up with our broken political system?

Estimates suggest about $4 billion will be spent to sway voters during this year’s election, and about $700 million of that will come from dark money groups that don’t disclose their donors.

Does all this spending have you fed up? Now’s your chance to do something about it.

2014 Election Campaign Finance Reform Guide

Want more information on where U.S. Senate candidates Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan stand on clean election issues? Check out our 2014 Election Campaign Finance Reform Guide

Want to learn where legislative candidates stand on clean election reform?  Check out our 2014 Candidate Surveys!  

Crucial Conversation luncheon – Dirty Money, Dirty Water: The End of Judicial Campaign Public Financing in North Carolina

Crucial conversation luncheon on the end of public financing for judicial elections --  Next Tuesday, September 30 at noon, NC Policy Watch, the Institute for Southern Studies, Democracy NC and North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections will host “Dirty Money, Dirty Water: The End of Ju

2014 Candidate Forum Questions

NCVCE has prepared sample questions on campaign finance reform that can be used for candidate forums, candidate questionnaires, or corresponding with your state legislator.

If you would like a question specifically tailored for your organization or issue, please send a request to

A victory for money in politics disclosure in NC

The NC Senate voted to concur with the NC House on Senate Bill 403, which included a provision to require electronic filing of campaign reports.  The measure was based on House Bill 919, legislation the North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections coalition and its allies have worked to pass in the General Assembly. The bill now awaits Governor McCrory’s signature. 

As more money floods into state politics, it's important for North Carolina citizens to know who is trying to influence their elections.   Electronic filing brings North Carolina into the 21st century by replacing costly, wasteful and cumbersome paper reports with more efficient, accurate and speedy disclosure.

This is a big win for transparency and the public's right to know about who is spending money on their elections!  We are encouraged by the bipartisan support for making sure the public has timely and accurate information about election spending in North Carolina. 


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