Standing up to Court-Tampering

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on House Bill 335, North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections voiced opposition to another political coup bill.  The News & Observer took notice.  

Will President Trump side with big donors or everyday American people?

"You want a government that serves the people not the donors and special interest. You want a government that keeps its promises," said President Trump last week at a rally in Melbourne, Florida.

The opening at the FEC sets up a test for him. Will his nominee side with big donors or everyday Americans?

President Trump's attacks on federal courts mirror election big-money attacks on state supreme court

Record spending by secretive outside special interests in state supreme court races poses a stark threat to the impartiality of the nation’s courts. 

2016 Candidate Surveys

The response from our 2016 candidate survey is amazing!  Please look up your candidate here

2016 is proving to be another historic record year for political fundraising.  The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United is intensifying the campaign money chase.  

Why Democracy Matters: Charlotte and Raleigh tour stops

At the heart of democracy is a simple but powerful idea: One person, one vote. But in North Carolina and across the country, challenges to voting rights, growing special interest influence and politically-influenced redistricting have thrown up barriers to participation and diminished the voice of ordinary voters.

2016 Candidate Questionaire

If you are a candidate statewide office or legislature, we invite you to answer our 2016 Candidate Questionaire regarding campaign finance policy positions. Please email Melissa Price Kromm at to receive a direct link to our candidate survey. 

Common Cause NC challenges Partisan Gerrymandering

Our friends at Common Cause North Carolina launched a potentially landmark lawsuit in federal court today directly challenging the foundation of partisan gerrymandering in North Carolina.

From Common Cause North Carolina: 

Lawyers pour money into N.C. Supreme Court race, raising conflict-of-interest concerns

Why does it matter that lawyers are spending big on a N.C. Supreme Court race? Because research suggests a connection between attorneys' contributions to judicial candidates and case outcomes.

This is one of the many reasons why we support judicial public financing. 

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down NC Voting Restrictions

Federal appellate judges on Friday struck down North Carolina’s restrictive omnibus voting law in a sweeping victory for voting rights, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.”declaring in an unsparing opinion that the restrictions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” 

Robert Morgan's legacy: A passion to make N.C. judiciary free of undue influence

Great article from WRAL on the initiative McCain and Moyers helped Morgan start led to the establishment of non-partisan appellate court elections and a system of public financing of judicial elections that became a national model.