Who paid for 'Banjo'?

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In one of the most widely-shown political advertisements in North Carolina’s 2012 supreme court election, a banjo player croons about Justice Paul Newby’s tough stance on crime. Despite the folksy tone, the true source of the ad’s funding can be traced to the Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee. The RSLC donated $1.2 million to North Carolina-based, Justice for All NC, which in turn gave $1.5 million to the North Carolina Judicial Coalition, the group behind “Banjo.”

Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis.