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 melissa@ncvce.org.

NCVCE Legislative Agenda

2015 Legislative Agenda

1) RESTORE VOTER-OWNED ELECTIONS: Through the Coalition’s advocacy, North Carolina has boasted some of the most effective “voter-owned” public financing programs in the country.

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. 

Increased Accountability and Transparency in Elections

The North Carolina General Assembly has two bills which have passed the state House and are alive in the Senate for consideration in the 2014 short session.  Both bills currently reside in the Committee of Rules and Operations in the state Senate. 

House Bill 918 would require the initial filing for outside groups within 48 hours of spending its first $1,000 and additional reports within two days for every $5,000 spent or received.