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More about corporations that funded N.C.'s Supreme Court race for Newby

Federal campaign finance reports that came out this week provide a closer look at who the corporations were behind the national GOP group that pumped more than $1 million into one of the super PACs that backed state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby’s re-election.

The Republican State Leadership Committee reports spending $13.3 million on campaigns around the country. It sent $1,165,000 million to Justice for All N.C., which in turn contributed heavily to the N.C. Judicial Coalition. Reports for those super PACs aren’t in yet.

Newby attack ad not coordinated with campaign, both sides say

Dome obtained a production copy of the pro-Justice Paul Newby attack ad on Saturday, and noted that in a title page before the ad begins the company, Innovative Advertising (which also produced the infamous “banjo ad”) lists the client as “Paul Newby for Supreme Court” and not Justice for All N.C.

Independent expenditure committees aren’t allowed to coordinate with a candidate’s campaign.

Pro-Newby super PAC responds to criticism over attack ad

The super PAC that produced the attack ad against Judge Sam Ervin IV on Friday is responding to criticism that the negative spot crossed a line that hasn’t been crossed before in North Carolina judicial elections.

Another day, another quarter million $s in the Supreme Court race

The Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee has chipped in another $275,000 to help re-elect state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby over appellate Judge Sam Ervin IV. That brings the outside group's contribution to the cause to $1.1 million.

The RSLC has an interest in retaining North Carolina's newly redrawn legislative and congressional districts, which will help keep Republicans in office in this state and in Congress.

Would donations force Newby to recuse on redistricting, other cases?

Political blogger and longtime veteran N.C. politico Gary Pearce raises an interesting point in a piece Wednesday. He writes:

“Looking at the big money backing Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, a knowledgeable lawyer warns: ‘There would seem little doubt now but that Justice Newby will have to recuse himself from any redistricting case that might come before the high court.’

Super PAC money in Supreme Court race passes $1.3 million

The super PAC formed to re-elect Justice Paul Newby to the state Supreme Court has spent $1.3 million on the intentionally corny “banjo” TV ad promoting the incumbent, newly released records show. And the records provide the first glimpse of who is backing the independent campaign.

The N.C. Judicial Coalition – comprised of key figures in North Carolina conservative politics – racked up that amount just between Oct. 11 and Oct. 23, according to reports just filed with the state Board of Elections. Previously, it had only been known that the PAC, known as an independent expenditure committee, had spent more than $800,000 on TV ads.

Morning Roundup: McCrory goes moderate, a new Goldman police report

Republican Pat McCrory continued his moderate transformation during Wednesday's debate, shedding his tea party and conservative cape as he said legislation restricting abortions and cracking down on illegal immigration won't appear on his agenda if elected. At the same time, Democrat Walter Dalton made a bold pledge to lower the employment rate as much as 3 percent in his first year. Pundits say the debate isn't the game changer Dalton needed. Read more here and see four fact checks from the debate.

More political headlines:

--In a new development that raises questions about Debra Goldman's judgment, another police report surfaced showing that the GOP state auditor candidate called 911 after a fellow board member yelled at her during a heated Wake school board meeting.

New super PAC joins NC Supreme Court campaign

A new super PAC has joined the race for N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul M. Newby's seat, supporing the incumbent over appeals court Judge Sam Ervin IV. (Yes, that Sam Ervin -- well, his grandson.) Read about it here.

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