The United States, it is said, is the world greatest democracy. However many people will tell you that politics or Washington is broken, caught up in partisan gridlock, and unable to address the challenging problems facing our country. Myriad ideas have been advanced to improve the functioning of our political processes, and there are groups working on facets of this issue ranging from ballot access and campaign finance to voter turnout and voting systems.
Center for Public Integrity
investigative research and
on public policy issues in the United States and around the world."
"a non-profit, progressive
legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable
for their actions."
"a nonpartisan nonprofit
advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for
citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to
their elected leaders accountable to the public interest."
"a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law."
"OMB Watch exists to increase government transparency and accountability; to ensure sound, equitable regulatory and budgetary processes and policies; and to protect and promote active citizen participation in our democracy."
coalition "seeks to
the public's right to know and reduce secrecy in government"
"The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit,
organization that works to revitalize our federal government by
inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way
government works." (succeeded the Council for Excellence in
"Public Citizen works to empower ordinary citizens, reduce the influence of big corporations on government, open the government to public scrutiny, and hold public officials accountable for their misdeeds."
"founded in 1981, POGO is an independent nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption in order to achieve a more accountable federal government."
"non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike."
"a portal to the Federal Inspector General
primary responsibilities, to the American public, are to detect and
prevent fraud, waste, abuse, and violations of law and to promote
economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the operations of the Federal
"known as 'the investigative arm of Congress' and 'the
watchdog.' GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional
responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability
of the federal government for the benefit of the American people."
"...a community of citizens who believe passionately
funding is the single most critical long-term public policy issue our
nation faces. What’s at stake are nothing less than the health of our
democracy, the quality of our leadership, and our government’s ability
to tackle the serious problems that affect us all: health care, energy
policy, education, the environment and the economy."
and education, empanels task forces and makes recommendations for
change in the field of campaign finance."
"a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which works in the areas of campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics."
research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics,
and its effect on elections and public policy."
"...seeks to facilitate the general public access to information from government and non-government sources on issues of vital relevance to the people. PoliticalMoneyLine also seeks to inform and educate the public about critical issues of accountability, governance, and representation."
"Our goal is to restore public trust in our government by passing a hybrid of small-dollar donations and public financing of elections."
organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically
the role of big special interest money in American politics."
advocates Clean Money Campaign Reform which provides "full public
for candidates who agree to spending limits and reject private
"a project to track parties for members of Congress or
candidates that happen all year round in Washington, D.C. and beyond."
"to promote and defend citizens' First Amendment political rights of speech, assembly, and petition. This means opposing so-called reformers' efforts to limit campaign contributions, taxpayer funded political campaigns, the "fairness doctrine" in talk radio and other limits on citizens' ability to support the candidates and causes of their choice."
"the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50
The independent regulatory
agency created by Congress in 1975 to enforce the Federal Election
VOTING SYSTEMS INTEGRITY
Black Box Voting
501c(3) organization...consumer protection group for elections, funded
by citizen donations
"a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and improving democracy. Its members are government employees whose profession is to serve in voter registration and elections administration... also known as the National Association of Election Officials."
"the nation’s only nonpartisan, non-advocacy information clearinghouse and e-newsletter providing up-to-the-minute news and analysis on election reform."
"EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration."
"seeks elections that
voter turnout, fair representation, inclusive policy and meaningful
by building on our nation's history of improving upon the American
As a catalyst for electoral reforms such as instant runoff voting,
voting, direct election of the president and automatic voter
we conduct research, analysis, education and organizing..."
"purpose is to study, analyze and
educate the public regarding its proposal to implement a nationwide
popular election of the President of the United States."
"a non-partisan, non-profit public policy advocacy group dedicated to
election reform and improving ballot access laws in the United States."
"to nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters—not the political system."
"catalyze a shift in the political culture from
polarization to a more respectful, responsible and cooperative search
"overthrow the tyranny of hyper-partisanship that
political culture today."
"To rally Americans to
citizen control of government by limiting the terms of politicians at
local, state and congressional levels."
"a national think tank that works to preserve and protect the principles of strictly limited government through information, education, and activism. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of state and individual sovereignty issues, focusing primarily on the decentralization of federal government power as required by the Constitution."
"The Madison Amendment gives States the same power as Congress to propose an individual Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."
Change Congress: CallaConvention.org
"a bipartisan effort to
increase voter participation in our electoral process by moving our
Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday
Sunday of the month."
a voting age of 16...?
"proposal which will permit the People to make or change laws by initiative at all levels of government, including at the federal level."
Democrats, Republicans and Major Third Parties
National Governors' Association
Council of State Governments
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Association of Counties
National League of Cities
U.S. Conference of Mayors
National Association of Regional Councils