Make North Carolina First


Raleigh, NC

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Left-Wing Advocacy and Attack Group



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


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. [4]viii 

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 2016[7] and $1.3 million in 2018. [8] MNCF also received a cash grant for $223,000 from the Sixteen Thirty Fund during that year. [9]ix

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. [10]x


  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