Special Projects

March 31 2009 at 08:00 AM

Public Financing for Federal Campaigns - 2009

Midwest reform groups urge President Obama to support federal public financing legislation Make elections about voters and volunteers, not big money donors CHICAGO — In a letter sent to President Obama today, Midwest Democracy Network partner organizations called on President Obama to “use the full powers of the White House” to make much-needed public financing reforms of congressional and presidential elections a reality. “From our vantage…

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March 18 2009 at 12:00 AM

Midwest Open Government Project - 2009

New study finds five Midwestern states have dim sunshine laws Clouded transparency leads to chilled participationCHICAGO—While every state in the nation has laws that require public access to government records and meetings, in five Midwestern states that were recently analyzed, documents are often kept secret and doors can remain tightly closed.  According to a study released Wednesday by the Citizen Advocacy Center in celebration of…

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July 01 2008 at 08:29 PM

A Citizen’s Guide to Redistricting - 2008

New guide brings redistricting out into the openThe Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, George Mason University, and the Joyce Foundation are pleased to announce the release of A Citizen’s Guide to Redistricting, authored by Brennan Center counsel Justin Levitt. The Citizen’s Guide is a comprehensive look at the rules for drawing district lines, including a description of how redistricting works…

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June 19 2008 at 11:18 AM

Midwestern Attitudes Poll - 2008

New poll gauges Midwest’s attitudes on political reform Midwesterners issue call to action on reform and voice support for candidates who offer changes in political system Distrust of state government continues to rise in five-state region, public supports broad political reform agenda to make government more effective

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May 08 2008 at 06:40 PM

New Politics of Judicial Elections - 2008

New report documents special interest pressure on Midwest courtsWASHINGTON, DC—This spring, Wisconsin voters endured their second special-interest-group dominated Supreme Court campaign in the last twelve months, featuring over $4 million in TV advertising by outside groups more interested in using judicial elections as a tool of political intimidation and control than for public accountability. This spectacle once again confirms former U.S. Supreme Court Justice…

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