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Voter’s Edge Launches Guide to Help Californians Vote in the March 3 Primary Election
Alec Saslow | February 11, 2020
Voter's Edge California, a comprehensive online voter guide in English and Spanish, launched today to provide voters with unbiased information on candidates and ballot measures from the top of the ticket down to the local level.
Flood of Pharma Money Fails to Stop House Pricing Bill, But McConnell Payoff Likely to Prove Pivotal in Senate
Frank Bass and Bergen Smith | February 05, 2020
A measure to lower drug prices narrowly passed the House last month, despite a near-even split of pharmaceutical industry money among Republican lawmakers, who almost unanimously opposed the bill, and Democrats, who unanimously supported it.
Manufacturers of Forever Chemicals Give Generously to House Members
Chad Outler | January 14, 2020
Opponents of a bill to give the EPA more power over hazardous "forever chemicals" received 20 percent more in campaign contributions from the chemicals’ manufacturers than supporters.
2018 Fair Elections in Berkeley
Bergen Smith, Hamsini Sridharan, Laura Curlin |
Berkeley's new system of publicly funded elections has empowered candidates to run for office based on the strength of their community support, reduced the influence of special interests in Berkeley elections, and amplified the voices of small donors in the political process.
Facebook, Google and Twitter’s political ad policies are bad for democracy
Ann M. Ravel |
As the 2020 election approaches, social media companies shouldn't be self-policing when it comes to political ads.
We Must Address Online Voter Suppression to Protect Our Democracy
Ann M. Ravel |
The bedrock of a representative democracy is participation. When individuals are prevented from voting — whether through increased physical barriers or through digital deception — that undermines our entire political system.
Defense Contractors Covering More Than Half of U.S. With Corporate PAC Dollars
Frank Bass |
Major Pentagon contractors have been the largest corporate PAC donors across more than half of the U.S. during the current election cycle.
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