Democracy

Report | MASSPIRG, DEMOS | Democracy

"MCCUTCHEON" COULD ADD OVER $1 BILLION IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO NEXT FOUR ELECTIONS

We project that striking the aggregate contribution limit would bring more than $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Democracy

TODAY SUPREME COURT RULED FOR ANOTHER FLOOD OF BIG MONEY

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. MASSPIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

Senate passes Election Modernization Bill

By | Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

The senate voted 37 - 1 to pass a bill modernizing our elections, adding in election day registration and other needed reforms.

Modernize our Elections

By | Andrew Fish
Campaign Organizer

The state senate will vote tomorrow to modernize our elections with online registration, early voting, and more.

2011-12 Legislative Scorecard

At the end of each 2-year legislative session, MASSPIRG grades state legislators' votes on key public interest issues.

A New Direction In Driving Trends

After a 60 year boom, driving is on the decline in the U.S. and no likely scenario shows it returning to previous levels of growth. 

MASSPIRG: Bring Elections into 21st Century

By | Janet Domenitz
Executive Director

MASSPIRG supoprts crucial reforms to bring our democracy into the 21st century: online voter registration, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and early voting.

News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund and Demos | Democracy

New Report Shows Impact of Big Money in the 2012 Election

“The first post-Citizens United presidential election confirmed our fears that the new unlimited-money regime allows well-heeled special interests and secret spenders to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” commented Janet Domenitz, Executive Director of MASSPIRG. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court case decided in 2010, held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. The report provides a detailed analysis of all federal election spending and fundraising by campaigns and Super PACs. The data uncovers the undue influence that large donors, business interests and secret spenders had in 2012.

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