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The North Carolina General Assembly’s River of Cash

Money in politics is as American as apple pie — or, perhaps, as North Carolina as pulled pork and cheerwine. A wave of money is crashing over the bank accounts of North Carolina’s legislative candidates this year — well over $2 million just as of mid-February. Right now, North Carolina’s corporate PAC network is mobilizing to protect the newly vulnerable Republican legislative majority this fall. Enormous sums are pouring into low-profile legislative races in ways that threaten to distort our elections, and most North Carolina voters remain totally unaware.

Cosplay During Covid - Republicans in the legislature are having a good laugh

Today, there are a million North Carolinians out of work. Hundreds are dead, tens of thousands are sick, and the ghastly toll of the COVID-19 disaster has scarcely begun to be calculated. We know some things for sure: thousands are going to die, many of them our parents and grandparents. The trauma — economic, psychological and otherwise — from this crisis will linger for decades.

And at this defining moment in our state’s history, the Republican majority in the NC General Assembly decided to have some good laughs.

A look at fundraising for the NCGA races of the Long Leaf Pine Slate

The Long Leaf Pine Slate represents Democrats' path back to a majority in the General Assembly. We took a look at their first quarter fundraising to see who's raising money - and importantly, where it's coming from.

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