Report: Special interests spend big to get their way in Raleigh
A new report from the Institute for Southern Studies dives into the organizations and companies that spend the most on lobbying and other activities designed at influencing politicians in Raleigh. The report identifies the top five NC power brokers and the names won't surprise you; Duke Energy, Nationwide Insurance, N.C. Association of Realtors, N.C. Chamber, and the N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association.
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The North Carolina General Assembly is back in Raleigh for the 2015 long session and preparing to tackle a host of issues, including tax rates, school spending, the future of Medicaid and environmental standards.
Behind the scenes, an array of special interests is clamoring to influence the views and votes of state lawmakers. Which special interests have the ear of legislators and have the most clout to push their agenda?
In the first study of its kind, Facing South/Institute for Southern Studies (ISS) looked at the top special interests in North Carolina politics and measured their influence in the state. TheFacing South/ISS report looks at two key ways special interests wield their influence:
* Election Spending: Money that special interests have spent directly and indirectly to elect state-level politicians in the 2012 and 2014 elections, based on analyzing thousands of state and federal campaign finance reports.
* Lobbying Clout: Special interests with the strongest lobbying presence in North Carolina government, drawing on the latest rankings produced by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.