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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. Read More
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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
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Exploring Technology’s Role in Running Efficient Elections

In a series of convenings across the country, state legislators and legislative staff joined state and local election officials to discuss how elections are currently run and how elections administration can be improved in the future. Read More

"Are Our Courts for Sale?"

The New York Times
Related Grantee: Justice at Stake
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Report Finds Striking Differences In Partisans' Media Habits

When it comes to getting news about politics and government, those with consistent liberal or conservative views have information streams that are distinct from individuals with mixed political views — and very distinct from each other, according ... Read More
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Campaign Spending in the States

Since 2010, outside spending in state elections has increased dramatically, according a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, a MacArthur grantee. Read More
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Non-Candidate Spending On the Rise In State Elections

Non-candidate spending has increased in state elections since 2010, in part because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, according to “Who’s Calling the Shots in State Politics?” Read More

"Judges on the Campaign Trail"

The New York Times
Related Grantee: Justice at Stake
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Study Finds Precincts with More Minorities Experienced Longer Voting Lines in 2012

Precincts with fewer poll workers and voting machines and more minorities experienced longer voting lines in the 2012 presidential election, according to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. Read More
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Report Finds Ongoing Voting Rights Discrimination in the United States

African American, Latino, Asian American, and Native American voters are more likely to face discrimination in this year’s elections than at any point in recent decades, according to a new report. Read More

"Where Voting Is Now Easier"

The New York Times
Related Grantee: Brennan Center for Justice
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Elspeth A. Revere

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

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
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Kathy K. Im

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

Director of Education
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Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
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Jeff Ubois

Program Officer