Outside groups dominate TV ads about North Carolina governor's race

Eleven groups have aired broadcast TV ads about this year's North Carolina gubernatorial race as of June 27, spending an estimated $3.7 million, which is far more than either candidate, Republican incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory or Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Here's who they are:
Group name Estimated TV ad spending Notable donors
North Carolina Environmental Partnership $1,600,000 Members: Southern Environmental Law Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Waterkeeper Alliance, Haw River Assembly, Waterkeepers Carolina, Yadkin Riverkeeper, Sound Rivers, Environment North Carolina
Republican Governors Association $664,000 Sheldon Adelson, David Koch and Koch Industries, Bob Perry, Paul Singer, Duke Energy
NC Families First $558,000 Democratic Governors Association, North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools, which is funded by the National Education Association
North Carolina Association of Educators $328,000 National Education Association
North Carolina Waste Awareness & Reduction Network $160,000 Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, the rock and roll group Crosby, Stills & Nash and the grassroots nonprofit Guacamole Fund
Renew North Carolina Foundation $125,000 Education Freedom Alliance
Americans for Prosperity $104,000 National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Education Freedom Alliance, American Petroleum Institute
Southern Environmental Law Center $62,000 Community Foundation Inc., Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina Inc., National Wildlife Federation and The Pew Charitable Trusts
Real Jobs North Carolina $61,000 Republican State Leadership Committee, Variety Stores Inc. (which is run by Art Pope), Murchison Biggs, Glen Raven Inc.
Natural Resources Defense Council $54,000 The Pew Charitable Trusts, Partnership Project Inc., Sandler Foundation
Institute for Faith & Family $9,000 Does not disclose.

Sources: Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG, current through June 27, 2016; Internal Revenue Service filings via Citizen Audit and Center analysis.

Ben Wieder and Chris Zubak-Skees contributed.