Strengthening American Democracy

Conducting a time-limited exploration of ways to strengthen democracy in the U.S., given our perception that the political system has failed to adequately address major issues confronting the nation – from climate change to health care, from our fiscal future to the criminal justice system, from immigration to education. Learn more

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RT @CampaignLegal: Watch @campaignlegalmm on @cspanwj yesterday discussed campaign finance and the 2016 election http://t.co/ZPhHg2GPIG

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Court Upholds Ban on Personal Campaign Solicitations by Judges

Research by MacArthur grantees Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center was cited by the Court, and Justice at Stake filed an amicus brief in the case. Read More

RT @NCSLorg: How can academia help improve the elections process? http://t.co/h51CSgoo1c http://t.co/YfRHQTSlrW

RT @pewresearch: "Americans like government data, but not when it's about them" - @usatoday on our new survey http://t.co/4YaRsUcsM0

RT @BrennanCenter: Dozens of bills introduced in 2015 to reform #redistricting. Check out our interactive map: http://t.co/cQ0vgP0Bom http://t.co/vzW7a2Zo72

.@JusticeStake, @BrennanCenter help highlight importance of fair, impartial courts on @LastWeekTonight: http://t.co/YGRgtn0Nd4

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Database Tracks Political Contributions to State Legislators

The database, which was created by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, enables citizens, journalists, and public officials to sort the data by legislator, legislative committee, and specific legislation. Read More
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National Institute on Money in State Politics, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, National Institute on Money in State Politics is tracking campaign financing in all 50 states. Watch
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Outside Spending Skyrockets After Citizens United

The Brennan Center, a MacArthur grantee, finds that after the 2010 decision, Senate campaign finances were dominated by donations from the super-rich. Read More
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Voting Reforms Enacted in Illinois

The new law provides for permanent voter registration on Election Day, expanding a successful pilot program; extends both early voting and voting by mail; and allows electronic voter registration at many government agencies. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Constance M. Yowell

Constance M. Yowell

Director of Education
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
Portrait of Jeff Ubois

Jeff Ubois

Program Officer