Big Tobacco has a ball in NC via Reynolds, an ALEC Corporate Member

After helping elect N.C. Gov. McCrory, Reynolds is sponsoring inaugural events.After helping elect N.C. Gov. McCrory, Reynolds is sponsoring inaugural events.  (editor’s note:  Reynolds is a member of ALEC)

This week, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is ringing in the new Republican administration with a series of events including a Gala Presentation and Inaugural Ball — events that share a common sponsor: tobacco giant Reynolds American.

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds American Inc. is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., as well as three other tobacco-related companies, and it is a longtime powerhouse in North Carolina politics.

In 2012, Reynolds continued to flex its political muscle, with the company and its people using a variety of avenues to help McCrory and other Republicans. Among Reynolds’ political expenditures in the 2012 election cycle*: More →