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.

League of Women Voters - Senatorial Debate

The League of Women Voters and NBC17 are soliciting questions from voters for the live US Senatorial debate on October 13 and debates for US House races in districts 2, 4 and 13, which will be aired October 23 at 2-3 pm, October 31 at 3-4 pm and October 23 at 3-4 pm respectively.  All debates may be seen on line after their air time at http://politics.mync.com/.

Send your questions to myvote@wncn.com and include your name and address.

If it wasn't for those darn meddling kids!

Already this election season North Carolina has seen a record amount of outside special interest money flooding the airwaves and threatening to drown out the voices of ordinary  North Carolinians. 

Fair Elections Now Act

Shocking report – conservatives and liberals can actually agree on something!

The current political environment has given way to partisan battles on every issue. But the Fair Elections Now Coalition, a coalition of good government groups, has found an issue that the left and right have common ground the undue influence of money in politics.

Representatives from the coalition went to rallies organized by self-described liberal and conservative groups and found them saying almost exactly the same thing about the need for the Fair Elections Now Act.

2009 Legislative Scorecard on Campaign Reform

Every year NCVCE publishes a scorecard assessing legislator's votes on campaign finance reform.

Read our scorecard and newsletter from 2009.

View our archived scorecards from 2008 and 2007.

See our press release about the 2009 scorecard's findings.

Citizens United Against "Citizens United"

NCVCE has recently taken part in more than half a dozen events and forums about the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

The ruling strikes down long-standing laws against corporate spending on elections, making it easier for special interests to dominate the political process.

Find out more information about what this decision means for North Carolina.

If you're interested in organizing your own event email Melissa at melissa@ncvce.org.

Ten Years, Many Victories

One decade ago, NC Voters for Clean Elections was formed as North Carolina’s campaign finance reform coalition.

Over the year’s our coalition has accomplished a lot: increasing transparency, holding politicians accountable, and creating alternative Voter-Owned Elections programs for appellate judges and the Council of State.

Highlights from a Decade of Campaign Finance Reform Work in NC: