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State of North Carolina

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: North Carolina

Campaign Financing

Passed in 2002, the Judicial Campaign Reform Act establishes limits of $1,000 on individual and PAC contributions to judicial candidates. Family members may contribute up to $2,000. Limits are per candidate per election. Contributions from corporations are prohibited.

The Judicial Campaign Reform Act also gives candidates for the supreme court and the court of appeals the option of public financing if they agree to strict fundraising and spending limits. Funds for the Public Campaign Elections Fund come from two sources: a $50 surcharge on the annual dues that attorneys pay to the state bar and a voluntary $3 state income tax checkoff.

Passage of the act resulted from the efforts of a broad coalition of groups and individuals known as North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections. Key organizational members of the coalition included the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, the North Carolina Project of Democracy South (now Democracy North Carolina), and Common Cause/North Carolina.

See below for National Institute on Money in State Politics data on contributions to state high court candidates.

Amounts raised by each candidate at the most recent election cycle:

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