We can’t win this fight alone. Here are some of the other organizations working to get money out of politics.
Washington, DC | http://www.acslaw.org/
The American Constitution Society is dedicated to using the force of the law to improve the lives of Americans. It has been active in arguing against Citizens United and related court decisions that have weakened campaign finance law.
The Arizona Advocacy Network (AZAN) works to protect Arizona’s Clean Elections law and to promote laws that expose the influence of Big Money in Arizona’s elections. It also works for a more fair redistricting process, the protection of voting rights, and other electoral rights and reforms.
New York, NY | http://www.brennancenter.org/
The Brennan Center for Justice, based at New York University, was founded in 1995 and has since then been “dedicated to strengthening democracy and securing justice, through law, scholarship, education and advocacy.” It helped provide the research that was key to drafting and enacting the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (“McCain-Feingold”) and was a lead co-counsel in defending that law in McConnell v. FEC. It recently authored a report advocating for altering corporate and securities laws to give shareholders increased transparency and accountability with respect to corporate political spending.
CMD is an investigative reporting group started in 1993 based out of Madison, Wisconsin. It frequently investigates corporate influence in government at both the state and federal government. It recently launched the ALEC Exposed website to track the behind-the-scenes activities by the corporate front group American Legislative Exchange Council to implement policies in state legislatures that are friendly to Corporate America.
Washington, DC | http://www.opensecrets.org/
CRP is a nonprofit research group that is dedicated to providing tracking the influence of money in politics. It runs the influential OpenSecrets.org website, which provides information about who is funding federal electoral campaigns and other tools necessary to track special interest influence on the federal government.
Since its founding in 2006, the Center for Working Families has worked to get progressive policies passed in the state of New York. It has focused on closing New York’s “LLC loophole,” which allows for the formation of several limited liability corporations, which can each give much more than the state limit on corporate contributions.
Citizen Action New York is a New York-based citizens group that advocates for progressive policies and good government. It advocates for public financing of elections in the state and is supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s push for such a system.
Citizens for Clean Elections is a West Virginia-based group that advocates for a clean elections system in the state. The group is particularly invested in defending the public financing of Supreme Court justice races, which will occur in 2012.
Formed in 2009 by a group of concerned citizens, Clean Elections Texas works to enact public financing of campaigns in the state. It is based in Dallas, Texas but has membership all across the state.
Washington, DC | http://www.commoncause.org/
With almost 400,000 members and supporters and 35 state organizations, Common Cause has been fighting for a more accountable and open government since 1970. The organization has worked to win clean election reform in states such as New Mexico, and it has also worked to expose corporate front groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).