In 2014 the Center for Public Integrity described this way:
“A group that is largely funded by the from the left-leaning America Votes group.”
They included in North Carolina Families First is a 527 SuperPac and is an affiliate of NC Citizens for Protecting our Schools. a Washington, D.C.-based National Education Association teachers' union and a super PAC. According to IRS forms, NCCPOS gave North Carolina Families First $3,075,000 between May 2014 and April 2016. According to IRS 990 forms, NCCPOS reported that they had given N.C. Families First grants in a two year period to “Fund education issues.”
In all, NC Families First spent over $2,670,000 targeting Republican members of the NC General Assembly in 2016, with almost half of it going towards opposing Supreme Court Justice Bob Edmunds.
The Center for Public Integrity reported that in 2016; “The liberal super PAC N.C. Families First spent over $1.7 million opposing Edmunds*. That PAC received funding from the Democratic Governors Association as well as three shadowy nonprofits — N.C. Citizens for Protecting Our Schools, Make N.C. First and Real Facts N.C. — that aren't required to disclose their donors.”
In 2016, Republican incumbent, Bob Edmunds, was running for re-election to the North Carolina Supreme Court and lost.
The News and observer in July 2016 reported that with four months left before the election, N.C. Families First had already spent $558,000 on advertising in the race for Governor. The N&O reported that Families First’s major donors were - Democratic Governors Association, North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools, which is funded by the National Education Association.