The left-leaning Institute for Southern Studies has released a post-election anaylsis disecting the impact of the more than $1.3 million spent by Art Pope and members of his family boosting GOP candidates for the state legislature.
According to the group's analysis of state and federal campaign records, three independent groups backed by Art Pope — Americans for Prosperity, Civitas Action and Real Jobs NC — poured $1.1 million into 21 state legislative races targeted by Republicans. Art Pope and his family members injected another $232,000 into those races, for a total of over $1.3 million spent on the targeted state contests.
Together, the three groups linked to Pope focused their resources on 21 state contests that were a top priority for Republicans. Some Democrats were targeted by just one of three outside advocacy groups; 12 were attacked by two or more. Five unlucky Democrats were barraged by attacks from all three.
Republicans won 18 of the 21 races in districts targeted by the spending. Democrats decisively won just one contest; in two others — senate districts 44 and 45 — Democrats are clinging to leads of less than 100 votes.