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.