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

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

Judges Not Politicians

North Carolina's fair and impartial court system is one that we can all be proud of, but our courts are under attack. Politicians in Raleigh are trying to abolish public financing for our judicial elections, forcing judges to ask wealthy special interests for money to fund their campaigns.

Help us protect our courts by signing our petition today.