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Organizations Working on This Issue

A variety of organizations advocate for total transparency of political spending in American elections and revelation of all donors, reaching well beyond those groups and individuals who are directly financing candidates, parties, and campaigns to focus even more on the rapidly expanding supposedly independent groups and the theoretical “social welfare” 501(c)4 organizations that have waded heavily into campaigns but keep their donor lists secret. The staffs and websites of these organizations provide a wealth of information and analysis about campaign funding and disclosure reform on both the state and federal levels.

American Enterprise Institute

14150 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 862-5800

Political Scientist, Resident Scholar: Norman J. Ornstein – & (202) 862-5893
Associate, Media Relations: Megan Cahill – & (202) 862-7155

AEI’s mission is “to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism—limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.”

American Sustainable Business Council

1401 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 1225
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 595-9302

Co-Founder, CEO, David Levine
Co-Founder, Director of Media and Communications, David Brodwin
Campaigns manager, Greta Twombly

“The ASBC Action Fund operates under IRS code 501(c)(4). Its mission is to advocate for legislative change that supports a more sustainable economy.”

Brennan Center for Justice

New York University 161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013
(626) 292-8310

President: Michael Waldman

The Brennan Center is a nonpartisan law and policy institute at New York University that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. Its work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.

Campaign Legal Center

1411 K St. NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20005
202-736-2200 (o); (202) 736-2201 (o)

President and General Counsel – Trevor Potter
Executive Director, Gerry Hebert
Policy Director, Meredith McGehee
Senior Counsel on State Laws – Paul Seamus Ryan

The Campaign Legal Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that protects and strengthens our democracy in the areas of campaign finance, voting rights, political communication, and government ethics.

Common Cause

1133 19th Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-1200

President: Karen Hobert Flynn
Vice President for State Operations: Jenny Rose Flanagan
National Campaigns: Jesse Littlewood

National Grassroots Organizer: Isabella Bronstein

Common Cause, which is working for honest, open, and accountable government, has staff and chapters in 35 states and members in all 50 states. The Common Cause website has a map that you click on to see if there is a chapter near you.

Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO)

501 3rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 434-1100

President, Larry Cohen

Mission Statement: CWA will continue to work with alliance partners like Common Cause to get corporate money out of politics and help make the American political process work for working families.


220 Fifth Ave. 2nd Flr.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 633-1405

Heather McGee, President

Demos means “the People.” It is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.

Free Speech for People

505 West 38th Street, Unit A4
Austin, TX 78705

Co-Founder & President, John Bonifaz

“Free Speech For People works to challenge the misuse of corporate power and restore republican democracy to the people.”

Issue One (formerly Fund for the Republic)

11 Dupont Circle, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 299-0265

Executive Director: Nick Penniman
Director for External Affairs: Barbara Lawton

The fund is a nonprofit grant-making organization committed to putting everyday citizens back in control of our democracy by reducing the influence of well-financed special interests over American politics and policy-making.


2223 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 868-0894

President & Co-Founder, Daniel G. Newman
Vice President of Communications and Editorial Director, Pamela Behrsin

MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics. They research and compile data about the sources of campaign contributions in U.S. presidential, congressional, state, and local ballot and candidate elections. Maplight provides journalists and citizens with transparency tools that connect data on campaign contributions, politicians, legislative votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence never before possible to see. These tools allow users to gain unique insights into how campaign contributions affect policy so they can draw their own conclusions about how money influences our political system. To see the role of money in elections in your specific area visit Maplight’s Voter’s Edge page here.

Move to Amend

PO Box 610
Eureka, CA 95502
1402 M Street,
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 269-0984

National Field Director: Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap cell: (707) 362-0626, email:
Spokesman David Cobb cell: (707) 362-0333

Move to Amend is a loose network of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.

People for the American Way

1101 15th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 467-4999

President, Michael Keegan
Marge Baker, Executive VP for Policy & Program (People for the American Way) (202) 467-4999,

“We believe a society that reflects these constitutional principles and progressive values is worth fighting for, and we take seriously our responsibility to cultivate new generations of leaders and activists who will sustain these values for the life of this nation. Our operational mission is to promote the American Way and defend it from attack, to build and nurture communities of support for our values, and to equip those communities to promote progressive policies, elect progressive candidates, and hold public officials accountable.”

Public Citizen

1600 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-1000

President: Robert Weissman
Policy Director: Craig Holman

Public Citizen lobbies for the public interest before Congress, serving as the people’s voice in Washington to ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.

United4the People (See also People for the American Way)

A substantial list of connected organizations is maintained by United4thepeople here.

Marge Baker, Executive VP for Policy & Program (People for the American Way) (202) 467-4999

Other Organizations:

 A much longer list of independent groups is listed here.

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