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Seattle’s Unique Campaign Finance System Is Boosting Donor Diversity

Democracy vouchers are increasing small-donor participation in local elections and diversifying the donor pool.

Opinion
Influence Primary category in which blog post is published

Trade Groups Decline to Cut Off GOP Objectors

Sludge asked over two dozen corporate trade associations if they would follow their member companies in cutting off PAC donations to the Republican election objectors. Most declined to say they would.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Biden’s Huge Inaugural Donations Would be Banned Under Democrats’ Ethics Bill

Government watchdog groups called on Biden's presidential inaugural committee to reject million-dollar donations from corporations seeking to influence the new administration.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Companies Pause PACs While Fighting Democracy Reforms

Many of the companies that grabbed headlines by suspending their PAC donations after the assault on the Capitol Building are members of industry groups that oppose ethics and campaign finance reforms.

North Carolina Primary category in which blog post is published

Revealing Money and Power Networks in North Carolina Campaigns

A spatial analysis of campaign finance data reveals a 2020 statehouse landscape awash in cash as Democrats tried new efforts to win seats ahead of redistricting.

Brick House Cooperative Primary category in which blog post is published

Biden’s State Department Nominee Is a Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest

Blinken recently worked as a consultant for companies with business before the department.

Investments Primary category in which blog post is published

Members of Congress Profited From COVID Bailout While Small Businesses Were Shut Out

This new analysis of how members of Congress benefited from the CARES Act comes as Congress failed to provide as much relief for ordinary workers as many had hoped in the latest round of stimulus.

Democracy Primary category in which blog post is published

Seattle’s Public Financing System Doubled Donor Participation in Second Run

The city's innovative "democracy voucher" program, adopted to diversify campaign donors and candidates, made continued strides in representativeness of Seattle residents.

2020 Primary category in which blog post is published

Biden’s Inauguration Will Be Mostly Virtual, but He’s Still Raising Millions for It From Corporations and Wealthy Donors

The Presidential Inaugural Committee will allow individual donations up to $500,000 and corporate donations up to $1 million. For what?