“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.