Over the past 30 years, the skyrocketing cost of running for office has made it far too easy for special interests with big money to manipulate election outcomes and influence public policies. When a political system is twisted to serve those who can pay the most, the ripple effect is profound. It hurts democracy on every level, with the people of North Carolina ultimately paying the price when public policies, fees, inferior services and lost tax revenues end up taking money out of our pockets.
For over three decades, Democracy North Carolina and our predecessor organizations have been following the role big money plays in who gets elected to office and how public policy is decided in NC. Our research proves that the problem is real – but it also demonstrates effective ways to fight the negative effects of a big money-based democracy. With help from advocates like you, we: