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. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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Helping to Protect the Right to Vote

The Voting Rights Institute will help protect the right to vote in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to nullify part of the Voting Rights Act. Read More
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Documenting Election Procedures to Improve the Voter Experience

A project of The Carter Center seeks to demonstrate how evidence-based observation can support election reform in the United States. Read More
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Elspeth Revere to Leave MacArthur After 24 Years

Elspeth Revere, Vice President for Media, Culture and Special Initiatives, will leave MacArthur at the end of November, after more than 24 years of service. Read More
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Examining Political News Habits Across Generations

The MacArthur-supported report analyzes political news habits across the Millennial, Generation X, and Baby Boomer generations. Read More
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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
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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

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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director
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Lauren Pabst

Program Officer
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Jeff Ubois

Program Officer

Media Contact

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Andrew Solomon

Managing Director, Communications

Evaluation Contact

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Joanna Cohen

Program Officer, Evaluation