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.

McCutcheon Decision

In a ruling released this week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the overall contribution limit to federal candidates, political parties, and political action committees (PACs). The McCutcheon v. FEC ruling increases the role wealthy individuals play in financing federal elections.

Take aways from coalition partners on the McCutcheon decision:

Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall

Judicial Public Financing 2014 and beyond

Voter-Owned Elections provide a way for citizens without access to big donor networks to become elected officials. This proven alternative to our current big money system also reduces special interest influence on elections and policies.

Learn about why we must resurrect North Carolina's landmark judicial public financing program. 

Poll: Voters believe campaign money impact courtroom decisions

Nearly 9 out of 10 Americans think big money sway judge decisions according to a new poll released by Justice At Stake.

Conservative Pollster: Republican Voters Favor Judicial Public Financing Program, Oppose Lawmakers Who Would Kill It

A new survey by a Republican polling firm indicates widespread support for judicial public financing, a program North Carolina state legislators currently threaten to cut in the upcoming budget bill.

West Virginia Leaders Come to North Carolina to Urge North Carolina Leaders to Preserve Judicial Public Financing

For immediate release.

May 20, 2013

Contact: Bryan Warner, N.C. Center for Voter Education, 919-783-8811 or warner@nccve.org

Advisory: The Conservative Argument - A Chance to Hear from Republicans on Why They Support Judicial Public Financing

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