Government & Democracy -- Legislation, Organizations, Issues

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Campaign Finance Reform

NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures)

The website includes a tool for each of the states as well as a searchable database of campaign finance research. 

A link for Advocacy Organizations - a helpful and comprehensive list:

http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/campaign-finance-reform-links.aspx

Brennen Center for Justice

The Brennan Center, a non-partisan law and policy institute is well-positioned to play a central role in advancing affirmative reforms, crafting innovative policies and fighting for them.

Some Policy Proposals include: automatic voter registration, small donor public financing system and others. 

https://www.brennancenter.org/policy-proposals-0

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) 

Through litigation, policy analysis and public education, CLC works as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose aim is to protect and improve the democratic process by court litigation, participating in regulatory agency proceedings and drafting pro-democracy laws and policies and then advocating their adoption. 

http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/content/issues/taxon_clc_issues  (Learn the issues)

http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/work/237 (State and Local Reform Program)

CFI (Campaign Finance Institute) 

CFI is a highly recognized think tank for campaign finance policy and has created a database of state campaign finance laws and an interactive tool on How to be a Citizen Policy Analyst.

http://www.cfinst.org/state.aspx

Democracy Matters

Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based national student organization, works to get big private money out of politics and people back in.

A great list of the many Action campaigns: Using the media, contacting legislators, voter registration to name a few. 

http://www.democracymatters.org/organizing-tools/action-campaigns/  (Ways to take action)

Common Cause - Holding Power Accountable

Common Cause is one of the nation’s oldest and largest citizen advocacy organizations.

Be part of the citizen's lobby. Take action by tracking Federal and State alerts, finding your elected officials along with other ways to take part in our Democracy.

http://www.commoncause.org/take-action/  (Ways to take action)

Electoral Reform

Fair Vote 

FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms at the local, state and national levels.  

The ways one can take action and advocate. 

http://www.fairvote.org/advocacy 

START - (Study, Think Act, Respond Together) 

START is a study/action process that offers a way for a small group of people to systematically ask basic questions about the workings of our society and choose effective ways to bring about positive change.

A list of Progressive Electoral Politics Organizations in the US working on a National level for progressive change. 

http://www.startguide.org/orgs/orgs01.html

Brennen Center for Justice

Through practical policy proposals, litigation, advocacy, and communications, the Brennan Center works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all Americans.

Issues: voting reform agenda, voter registration modernization, restoring voting rights and more. 

https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/voting-reform-agenda   (Reform Agenda) 

NCSL (National Conference of State Legislators)

A database showing all the state legislation related to the administration of elections introduced in 2011 through this year, 2018. 

http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/elections-legislation-database.aspx

Fix Our America.org 

A list of organizations engaged in a wide array of different approaches and tactics, some working on lobbying, some on election intervention via PACs that target specific lawmakers with ads during election time; some are working locally, some on a state level and some nationally. 

http://www.fixouramerica.org/election_reform_groups

National Debt

The Concord Coalition  

The Concord Coalition is a nationwide, non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating generationally responsible fiscal policy and is dedicated to educating the public. 

https://www.concordcoalition.org/take-action-group (How to get involved)

Separation of Church and State

American's United (AU) For The Separation of Church and State

Americans United defends church-state separation in Congress and the state legislatures,monitoring legislation using high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying and grassroots advocacy.

https://www.au.org/our-work/legislative/initiatives  - Legislative Initiatives 

FFRF -Freedom From Religion Foundation

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is an educational, watchdog organization. 

https://ffrf.org/outreach/take-action (Take Action and get involved)

American Atheists 

American Atheists is a non-profit activist organization in the United States dedicated to defending the civil liberties of atheists and advocating for the complete separation of church and state.

Activism issues: State Legislation Tracking, Local Activism, Aethist Voter

https://www.atheists.org/activism/ 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The current issues inclue: Gov't promotion of religion, religion and public schools, using religion to discriminate and free exercise of religion. 

https://www.aclu.org/issues/religious-liberty -  Religious Libery 

The Secular Coalition for America

The Secular Coalition for America is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to lobby the U.S. Congress, White House, and federal agencies on issues of concern to our constituency. 

https://www.secular.org/take-action  (Take Action)

Tax Reform

Tax Policy Center (TPC)

The Tax Policy Center (TPC) is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. The Center is made up of nationally recognized experts in tax, budget, and social policy who have served at the highest levels of government.

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/about/initiatives  - Initiatives 

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/topic/campaigns-proposals-and-reforms/current-legislative-proposals

Transparency and Accountability

UNICEF - For Every Child

Transparency and accountability are fundamentals for UNICEF in delivering development and humanitarian results for children. UNICEF has been pursuing a series of measures to underpin the principle of transparency in the organization’s operations. 

https://www.unicef.org/transparency/ (Overview)

https://www.unicef.org/take-action (Ways to Take Action and Get Involved) 

Transparency.treasury.gov

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service designed and administers the transparency.treasury.gov site to provide usable, easy-to-understand information about the billions of financial transactions processed by Treasury each year.

Issues: Data aquisition/integration/delivery to name a few.  

https://www.transparency.treasury.gov/

Ballotpedia

Ballotpedia (non-profit and non-partisan) is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections covering local, state and federal politics.

Government transparency is traditionally broken into three different types: proactive disclosurerequesting public records, and campaign finance disclosure. A good resource to get familiar with the subject. 

https://ballotpedia.org/Government_transparency

 

 

 


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