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"Washington's Open Secret: Profitable PACs"

CBS News
This story features Trevor Potter of the Campaign Legal Center, a MacArthur grantee.
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Philanthropy Must Help Heal the Breakdown in Democracy

To do our best work, philanthropy needs both a healthy public sphere and sound public policy. We seek solutions to complex issues like climate change, criminal justice, health, and human rights. Read More

"Rhyming for Democracy"

From Latino USA
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Winners Announced in Looking@Democracy Competition

From a pool of more than 400 submissions, judges selected 11 winners to share in $100,000 in prize money. Read More
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Contributing to a Stronger American Democracy: President’s Essay

In his annual essay, MacArthur President Robert Gallucci focuses on what MacArthur is doing to help strengthen American democracy. Read More
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After Long Lines of 2012, States Push to Expand Voting Access

Nearly 200 bills to expand voting access were introduced in 45 states in 2013, with many drawing bipartisan support. Read More
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Datafest Contest Prompts Journalists to Use Technology to Examine Money in Politics

Winning entries from the competition included projects that created the first-ever searchable database of the federal government's daily spending, mapped campaign contributions from Silicon Valley tech firms, and more. Read More
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Maria Hinojosa Invites You to Enter Looking@Democracy Competition

NPR and PBS journalist Maria Hinojosa - a judge in the Looking@Democracy digital media competition -- invites YOU to exercise your creativity and share your vision of how to strengthen democracy in the U.S. Contestants have ... Read More

"Are You the Psy of American Democracy?"

From The Washington Post
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Digital Media Challenge Offers $100,000 in Prizes For Fresh Ideas on Democracy

Looking@Democracy is a national competition offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about why government is important to our lives, or how ... Read More
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Studying the Impact of New Technology on Democratic Institutions

Opening Government, a MacArthur supported research initiative, seeks to study the impact of technology on democratic institutions in the United States and globally. Read More

"Voting Reform: Good for the GOP, Too"

From the National Journal
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Staff

Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

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

Valerie Chang

Interim 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 Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
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Jeff Ubois

Program Officer