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Seattle, Washington caucus-goers applaud a speaker during a caucus at White Center Heights School - February 9, 2008.Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Evaluating the Seattle Democracy Voucher Experiment

A 2017 program showed "democracy vouchers" for Seattle elections doubled the amount of users over traditional cash donors, and that participants were more representative of the city's population in terms of income, race, and age.

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Conservative Democrat Continues to Take Koch Cash

Rep. Henry Cuellar of oil-rich Texas got another campaign donation from the PAC of GOP megadonor Charles Koch’s fossil fuel conglomerate, Koch Industries.

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Republicans Abandon Election Security

Republicans used to back election security, but now GOP leaders are taking their cue from the White House.

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Hedge Fund Billionaires Were Democrats’ Main Bankrollers in 2018

A new report shows that three-quarters of the money that individuals donated to pro-Democrat outside spending groups in 2018 came from finance founders and executives.