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.
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/.
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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.
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.
Every year NCVCE publishes a scorecard assessing legislator's votes on campaign finance reform.
Read our scorecard and newsletter from 2009.
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.
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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:
Why We Need It
- Without clean elections we're getting less democracy for more money.
- The skyrocketing cost of campaigns pushes candidates into a money chase, and almost all the campaign donations (90%) from North Carolina donors comes from only 1% of the state's population.
- Voters are turned off, and many qualified candidates are excluded by a lack of funds.
- Candidates spend too much time raising money and not enough time interacting with voters.