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Democracy’s Essential Infrastructure

Successful self-government depends upon a well-informed citizenry. Democracy is premised on the belief that an informed electorate is best able to set the course of government. But if we the people are denied the news and facts needed to make sound judgments, we will make decisions that harm our nation.

CEOs Funding Hostile Takeover of Women’s Bodies in Texas

Originally appearing on Democracy Labs, this article is reproduced here with our gratitude to its author, Deepak Puri.

Money & Influence 08.9.2021

Delivering for democracy

Candidates running for office today need two things: enough money for the campaign's message to be heard and a solution for reducing money's importance.

Money & Influence 05.6.2020

Ann McBride Norton’s Legacy: “Our Victories Give Hope to the People that Working Together We Can Make a Difference”

From part-time volunteer, Ann McBride became one of a team of tenacious citizen-lobbyists who helped open up our political process. She rose to be the first woman president of Common Cause from 1995-1999 and inspired me and many others along the way.

Money & Influence 08.7.2019

Disclosure is not dangerous. Secrecy is.

On Tuesday evening, Congressman Joaquin Castro shone a light on those funders in his hometown of San Antonio. That publicly-available information is crucial to running fair and transparent elections.

Money & Influence 07.26.2019

Sunday Night MSNBC TV: American Swamp

MSNBC starts a four-part series called American Swamp this Sunday. It will look at President Trump's finances, money in politics, how lobbyists influence legislation, and what we can do about it. The series feature some of our favorite people, including Shelia Krumholz at OpenSecrets.org, and students at North Carolina A&T talking about gerrymandering. Tune in.

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