Transparency in Government
“The right to know is a cornerstone of our democracy.
Without it, citizens are kept in the dark about key policy decisions that directly affect their lives. Without public access to government information, officials can make decisions in the shadows, sometimes in collusion with special interests, escaping accountability for their actions.”
— U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, March 15, 2011
Shine a Light
Alcoa has been working since 2002 to renew its federal license for the hydroelectric dams it owns along the Yadkin River. But the new license has been delayed by a small group of county commissioners, state officials and others pushing for a government takeover of Alcoa's dams. They oppose almost anything Alcoa tries to do to obtain a new license or redevelop the Badin site. These public records provide increased government transparency by shining a light on the activities of those seeking to take Alcoa's dams and private property. Read More
Who's Behind The Mystery Report on Stanly County's Web Site?
The Stanly County website links to many documents regarding its efforts to take Alcoa's dams. There is one "mystery" report -- it is is undated, lists no author, and gives no indication of any kind ab ...Read More
Did Stanly County Discourage Companies from Locating at the Alcoa Site?
As Alcoa was working in 2009 to recruit a company that would invest $200 million and create up to 280 new jobs, the Stanly County director of economic development wasn’t sure what to do. He asked the ...Read More
Overstating Its Case?
Keith Crisco, Roger Dick and others have claimed that North Carolina can create 89,000 jobs by taking the Yadkin Project. But analysis from the NC Department of Commerce shows otherwise. ...Read More
$495 An Hour
Stanly County hired eight different law firms, paying as much as $495 an hour to a Charlotte law firm. The firm has been paid more than $3 million for legal and lobbying services. See who has been p ...Read More
Alcoa used the NC Public Records Law to obtain information from government agencies. This website is designed to share the thousands of public records we received. An initial set of documents is now available, and a searchable database of all public records provided to Alcoa is under development. New documents will be added frequently.
Stanly County Spending: $5+ Million
The Stanly County Commissioners' efforts to oppose Alcoa and support a government takeover of the company's dams have cost taxpayers
more than $5 million so far.
Clean Tech Jobs: Opportunity Lost
A $300 million manufacturing facility that would have created 450 new jobs in Badin was derailed by the Stanly County Commissioners.
See the offer that Stanly County
walked away from
Believe it or Not: Extreme Measures
Alcoa's opponents have tried to delay Alcoa's hydro license by any means necessary.
See their tactics