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Looking for Funds in All the Wrong Places:How Out-of-District Fundraising Weakens Democracy in North Carolina
by Elizabeth Ridlington, Frontier Group Rob Thompson, NCPIRG Education Fund
Out-of-district financial contributions from special interests and wealthy individuals undermine democracy in North Carolina by reducing the influence of citizens who live in a candidate’s district. Looking for Funds in All the Wrong Places analyzes contributions to 10 powerful members of North Carolina’s Legislature during their 2006 campaigns to determine how much funding came from outside the candidates’ districts. On average, 74 percent of funding came from outside the district, including 14 percent from outside the state. North Carolina should adopt a public financing system for legislative campaigns to address this problem.