Under the Dome

Outside spending from left on TV ads controlling governor race

North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory.
North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper and Republican incumbent Pat McCrory. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Nearly all the money spent so far on broadcast TV advertising in the governor’s race comes from outside groups — three-fourths of it from the political left, The Center for Public Integrity reports.

An estimated $3.7 million from 11 groups has been spent on TV ads highlighting the environment, economy and House Bill 2’s LGBT rights controversy. The center reports the money is coming from the national governors associations, Americans for Prosperity and a North Carolina coalition of environmental groups.

To date, no other state-level race has drawn as many outside spenders.

Candidates, political parties and outside organizations have spent more than $53 million on state-level broadcast TV ads nationally, the Center reports. Outside spending accounts for almost 40 percent of that.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign has only spent $78,000 on broadcast ads, while Attorney General Roy Cooper’s campaign doesn’t appear to have spent any as of June 27, according to the Center. Its analysis of campaign spending uses estimates from the media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG.

North Carolina’s outside spenders include:

N.C. Environmental Partnership, $1.6 million (Notable donors: Southern Environmental Law Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Waterkeeper Alliance, Haw River Assembly, Waterkeepers Carolina, Yadkin Riverkeeper, Sound Rivers, Environment North Carolina)

Republican Governor’s Association: $664,000 (Sheldon Adelson, David Koch and Koch Industries, Bob Perry, Paul Singer, Duke Energy)

N.C. Families First: $558,000 (Democratic Governors Association, North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools, which is funded by the National Education Association)

N.C. Association of Educators: $328,000 (National Education Association)

N.C. Waste Awareness & Reduction Network: $160,000 (Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, the rock and roll group Crosby, Stills & Nash and the grassroots nonprofit Guacamole Fund)

Renew North Carolina Foundation: $125,000 (Education Freedom Alliance)

Americans for Prosperity: $104,000 (National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Education Freedom Alliance, American Petroleum Institute)

Southern Environmental Law Center: $62,000 (Community Foundation Inc., Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina Inc., National Wildlife Federation and The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Real Jobs North Carolina: $61,000 (Republican State Leadership Committee, Variety Stores Inc., which is run by Art Pope, Murchison Biggs, Glen Raven Inc.)

Natural Resources Defense Council: $54,000 (The Pew Charitable Trusts, Partnership Project Inc., Sandler Foundation)

Institute for Faith and Family: $9,000 (Does not disclose)

For the full report: http://nando.com/3w4