Archive for November, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday, November 8th, 2010

“Follow the money. It tells a story – and it’s not a pretty one.” WRAL-TV in Raleigh looks at the spike in special-interest donations pouring into the campaign accounts of Republican leaders in the NC General Assembly in the final two months of the election. The head of the NC Dental Society explains his PAC board members’ decision to throw more money to the Republicans: the money buys the “access” needed to be a player in the political game. Forget about who serves the common good or even which candidate is right on your issue; just fork over the money to get on the right side of the projected winners. Maybe you’re seeing stories in the press or elsewhere about how the “pay to play” culture is alive and well in North Carolina and nationally. Let us know about them or post your own link to the story here.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The Institute for Southern Studies has another report on Art Pope’s use of corporate and personal donations to spread lies and depress voter turnout by pumping up the “negatives” of state Democratic candidates. This is how you purchase election outcomes through deceit, but of course it didn’t begin with this election cycle and is not uniquely a Republican strategy. However, the scope of damage a few billionaires can inflict on democracy has dramatically grown with Citizens United and new technologies. Along these lines, NBC News has a report exposing another group bankrolling Karl Rove’s comeback – the Wall Street greed heads who steered the economy into the ditch. These are the patriots protecting America’s culture of family values.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

A quick report by Public Citizen points out the significant role of the unprecedented spending by outside groups in US House and Senate contests on November 2. In 58 of the 74 elections where party control changed, the winning candidate got more support from non-party, outside group(s) than the loser. A press release with the report says, “Winning candidates in elections in which power changed hands were aided by average spending of $764,326 to help their cause while losing candidates were aided by average spending of $273,268, a ratio of nearly 2.8 to 1.”


Some Useful Election Day Links

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The 2010 Election is here. Polls are open on Tuesday, November 2 from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM. Click here to find out voting locations in NC by address plus directions to all polling places. Here are some other useful Election Day links you may want to use or pass on to others:


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