Make North Carolina First


Raleigh, NC

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Left-Wing Advocacy and Attack Group



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Make North Carolina First is a left-of-center non-profit funding and state advocacy organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina. 1i


It has financial ties to numerous left-of-center organizations. In 2015, the Environmental Defense Fund gave Make North Carolina First a cash grant of $50,000. 2 In 2016, MNCF received $27,000 in grant money from the Tides Foundation. 3 The Open Society Policy Center, the lobbying arm of the George Soros network of philanthropies, donated $220,000 to MNCF in order “to support policy advocacy in North Carolina” in 2018. 4viii 

MNCF made a $202,000 donation to the progressive advocacy group known as Color of Change in that year. 5  MNCF made another donation of $2,040,000 to the organization called A Better NC. 6 It also donated to North Carolina Citizens for Progress in 2016 and 2018. It donated a total of $1,250,000 in 20167 and $1.3 million in 2018. 8 MNCF also received a cash grant for $223,000 from the Sixteen Thirty Fund during that year. 9ix

State Supreme Court Campaigning

In 2016, MNCF was financially involved in an advertisement campaign involving a Republican North Carolina Supreme Court justice named Bob Edmunds. It funded an attack advertisement against Bob Edmunds during his reelection campaign in which it called him a “snake.” MNCF spent approximately $1 million for this ad. 10x


  1. Make North Carolina First.” – North Carolina Search Engine. Accessed June 20, 2020.
  2. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: Environmental Defense Action Fund.” Candid. Accessed June 20, 2020.
  3. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: Tides Foundation.” Tides. Accessed June 20, 2020.
  4. “OSPC Summary of Lobbying Activities: 2018, Fourth Quarter.” Open Society Policy Center. Last modified February 25, 2019.
  5. “Make North Carolina First.” OpenSecrets. Accessed June 20, 2020.
  6. “A Better NC.” OpenSecrets. Accessed June 20, 2020.
  7. “North Carolina Citizens for Progress 2016.” OpenSecrets. Accessed June 20, 2020.
  8. “North Carolina Citizens for Progress 2018.” OpenSecrets. Accessed June 20, 2020.
  9. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax: Sixteen Thirty Fund” Politico. Accessed June 20, 2020.
  10. Binker, Mark. “Supreme Court Spending ‘all About Redistricting’.” Last modified July 13, 2018.
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Make North Carolina First

Raleigh, NC