Democracy

Call your representative and senators every day. Here's how.

By | Andre Delattre
Executive Director, U.S. PIRG

There’s a lot unfolding in Washington, D.C., right now, and you may be wondering: “What can I do to voice my concerns?”

News Release | PennPIRG | Democracy

PennPIRG Supports Rep. Boyle’s Bill for Emergency Vote-By-Mail in PA

The continued spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) poses a real threat to our democracy, as it may significantly reduce voter turnout in the spring primary and the general election in November. PennPIRG, the statewide public interest organization, is supporting a new bill introduced today by Representative Kevin Boyle. HB2637 amends Act 77, providing $40,000,000 to send each voter in the state a vote-by-mail application. The state should go even further and send a vote-by-mail ballot to every voter to ensure full participation.

Report | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

Small donors driving 2020 presidential race

U.S. PIRG analyzed the campaign finance reports from 2020 candidates. We found that small donations, and the people who provide them, have a significant voice in the presidential race.

News Release | Democracy

Our Statement Regarding the President’s “Commission on Election Integrity”

Read PennPIRG's statement on the President's establishment of an "Advisory Commission on Election Integrity."

Report | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

Outside Influence: Out-of-state money in the 2016 senate elections

Control of the United States Senate is at stake in the 2016 elections. Out of 34 senate races nationally, the outcome could be decided by just several swing states and a few key constituencies. But there is another deciding factor in this year’s race for the senate: money.

Result | Democracy

Delivering one million petitions to President Obama on dark money

U.S. PIRG joined a broad coalition to deliver one million petitions from Americans, including U.S. PIRG members and supporters, calling on President Obama to shine a light on dark money, or secret political spending.

Result | Democracy

Giving more Americans a greater voice in our elections

In our democracy, the size of your wallet shouldn’t determine the volume of your voice. In 2015, we helped win reforms in Maine and Seattle to ensure that more Americans have a greater say in our elections. Seattle’s Initiative-122 empowers small donors with “democracy vouchers” that can be donated to local candidates and lowers the cap on contributions. In Maine, the state’s Clean Elections Act was improved by strengthening campaign finance disclosure laws and offering qualifying candidates increased public funding.

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