A U.S. Supreme Court ruling giving business and unions more ability to influence federal elections also stands to increase their sway in North Carolina for state and legislative elections.
The nation's highest court ruled Thursday in a split decision corporations and unions can't be barred from using money from their coffers to produce and run their own campaign ads.
North Carolina has a similar law that State Board of Elections executive director Gary Bartlett said now appears unenforceable. Bartlett said the decision likely means more business and union groups will use their own money to support or oppose candidates.
Damon Circosta with the North Carolina Center for Voter Education said he hopes the ruling will build interest in the Legislature for expanding publicly financed campaigns.