Democracy

Six Twitter users to follow for all things democracy

By | Chris MacKenzie
Digital and Communications Director

This election cycle news about money in politics, election fiascos and voting rights is breaking at the speed of, well, Twitter. If you want to stay up-to-date, we’ve got your back.

A historic piece of legislation, the Voting Rights Act has protected fair access to the polls since 1965. But recent changes have gutted critical protections offered by the VRA. Here's what you need to know.

The money in politics legislation introduced today in the Senate is a major step in the right direction -- but will it be enough to put everyday Americans in control of our elections?

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

Senate Money in Politics Package Stops Short of Comprehensive Reform

On Thursday, lawmakers in the Senate introduced a package of election reform legislation. U.S. PIRG commends the sponsors of today’s legislation, but the proposed package fails to include one of the most essential campaign finance reform measures.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

Big money maintains hold on congressional primaries in CA, IA, MT, NJ, NM, NC, SD

86% higher fundraising candidates win congressional primaries in 2016 elections

What to watch this primary day

By | Sarah Friedman
Intern

Today, 166 congressional primary nominations will be up for grabs -- more than any other single day this year. Big money could play a deciding role.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

ADVISORY: Congressional Money Report to Highlight June 7 Primaries

On Wednesday, June 8, U.S. PIRG Education Fund will release an update to its report on the success of big-money candidates in congressional primaries. The update will amend the report to include the results of House and Senate races in California, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and South Dakota, showing how often better-funded congressional candidates win their races.

Issue | Democracy

Modernize the Vote

Shell companies are hijacking our democracy

By | Jeremy Flood
Tax & Budget Digital Campaigner

Anonymous shell companies are funnelling "dark money" into Super PACs at an alarming rate. The public has a right to know who is financing our elections.  

States across the country are taking action to update their elections with automatic voter registration.

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