July 23, 2012

Who Has Been Paying GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Pat McCrory? It’s Anybody’s Guess!

As we’ve shown here at Republic Report time and time again, the U.S. political system’s rules for disclosure, well, suck. It’s very difficult to know who is actually lobbying the government — a lot of people do it without ever registering as lobbyists — or exactly how and when money changes hands.

That’s a huge problem in North Carolina right now. Former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory is the GOP’s nominee for governor and will be facing Democrat Walter Dalton in the race for the governor’s mansion this year.

McCrory served as a mayor 1995 and 2009, and will likely be eager …

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April 17, 2012
Telecom lobbyists battled public broadband in North Carolina.

ALEC Wants You To Pay 750 Percent More For High-Speed Internet

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the most powerful corporate front group you’ve never heard of. Drawing the vast majority of its financing from big corporations, the group allows these firms to help write bills that it then secretly passes off to state legislators to get turned into laws.

The organization has come under fire recently for backing “Stand Your Ground” laws and voter suppression efforts, leading to an exodus of some of its strongest corporate funders. But the group’s policy agenda stretches far beyond these areas, and impacts just about every area of American life.

Take public high-speed broadband …

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