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The dominating influence of large political donors shapes elections from beginning to end – from an individual’s decision to run for office, to a candidate’s...

Feb 1, 2018 Blog Post
The Need to Restore Balance to Democracy by Empowering Small Donors

The dominance of large contributors over every aspect of the political process – from decisions regarding which candidates run for office to the ability of...

Feb 1, 2018 Report
Matching Program for Small Contributions Delivers Promising Results

The Fair Elections law adopted in Montgomery County, Maryland, provides candidates for county-level positions with matching funds if they agree to accept contributions only from...

Jan 29, 2018 Report

Especially when more and more political involvement takes place online, online comments to the FCC on net neutrality should have been thoroughly vetted and...

Jan 9, 2018 Blog Post

Allowing residents to vote by mail, along with a host of other good practices, helps increase voter turnout and improve democracy.

Nov 3, 2017 Blog Post
Rating the Online Financial Transparency of Special District Governments

“Special districts” are a type of government agency that exist outside of traditional forms of general purpose local or state governments, and serve key governmental...

Apr 25, 2017 Report

“Special districts” are government entities that exist outside of traditional forms of general purpose local and state governments. Sometimes known as authorities or quasi-public agencies,...

Apr 25, 2017 Blog Post

Trumpism exists on the edge of the map where the dragons are. Beyond that, there’s nothing.

Nov 11, 2016 Blog Post

Starting this fall, 16- and 17-year-olds will be eligible to "preregister" to vote, so when they turn 18 they will automatically be listed on voter...

Oct 4, 2016 Blog Post
Building a More Inclusive Democracy by Preregistering California's Youth

Starting in the fall of 2016, 16- and 17-year-olds in California will be allowed to “preregister” to vote, ensuring that they are listed on the...

Sep 26, 2016 Report