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Last week, we released the ninth edition of Following the Money, our annual report with U.S. PIRG Education Fund evaluating governments on their online financial...

May 1, 2018 Blog Post
How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

State-operated transparency websites provide checkbook-level detail on government spending, allowing citizens and watchdog groups to view payments made to individual companies, details on purchased goods...

Apr 25, 2018 Report
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

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
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

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