One year after Citizens United by Chris Kromm

A year ago this week, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision about the role of money in elections -- a ruling so momentous that many are still grappling to take stock of its impact on our political system.

The case: Citizens United. The decision: In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to limit in any way the amount of money corporations can spend on attack ads or other "electioneering communications" to sway a political race.

SalisburyPost Editorial: Public funding proves its value

North Carolina’s first statewide use of instant runoff voting got off to a rocky start in this year’s 13-candidate N.C. Court of Appeals race, with some confusion at the polls and a lengthy recount process that delayed eventual winner Doug McCullough from claiming victory until seven weeks after the election.

FayObserver Editorial: Cleanup - Public financing gives voters most influence.

We hope the new Republican majority in the General Assembly has a change of heart when its members see the results of publicly funded elections this year.

The party that has long decried pay-to-play corruption in Raleigh could stop more of it if it extended public financing.

On Tuesday, the watchdog group Democracy North Carolina released a study of judicial races that got public funding this year, showing a dramatic decline in special-interest influence.

Voters Need to See Through the Special-Interest Fog by Damon Circosta

RALEIGH - When Santa Claus makes his list of who has been naughty and who has been nice, he has some help.

Santa has at his disposal a cadre of elves, nine flying reindeer, a host of magical powers and reports from parents the world over. When he tallies up who has been good for goodness sake and who deserves coal in their stocking, he isn’t flying blind.

Campaign reforms, supremely trashed

Gene Nichols, the NCVCE 2010 Annual Meeting Keynote, expresses his thoughts on the growing problems in this post Citizens United era of democracy in this News & Observer op-ed

NCVCE Annual Meeting: December 3, 2010

Meeting to Be Held from Dec. 3rd from 10-1 at NCAE Raleigh Headquarters

Turning Back the Clock on Progress—Elections and Voting by Chris Fitzsimon

Many of the conservative candidates running for the General Assembly this year are fond of talking about taking Raleigh back from the special interests, which might lead you to believe they support reducing the influence of big money in elections.

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, one of the biggest risks posed by right-wing majorities in the House and Senate next year is a halt to North Carolina's steady progress to make elections more accessible to people without access to wealth.

NCVCE's 2010 Scorecard on Campaign Reform

As record amounts of money are being poured into this year’s elections, a new report finds that support for publicly-financed, “clean elections” is growing among state lawmakers.

NC Voters for Clean Elections Stop Spooky Special Interests Halloween Bash!

Do you know what scares me? Forget spiders and vampires -- this election season, nothing is more frightening than Big Money trying to buy our democracy by pumping millions of dollars into political campaigns.

How can you help end this political house of horrors?

Elections for Sale by Beth Messersmith

This letter to the editor posted in the New & Observer from NC Voters for Clean Elections board member Beth Messersmith detailing why we need Fair Elections so special interests do not dominate our elections.