Center for Public Integrity
"nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that conducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world."

Common Cause
"a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest."

Public Citizen: Congress Watch
coalition "seeks to advance the public's right to know and reduce secrecy in government"

Project on Government Oversight
"founded in 1981, POGO is an independent nonprofit that investigates and exposes corruption in order to achieve a more accountable federal government."

Judicial Watch
"a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
"a non-profit, progressive legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions."

Federal Inspectors General
U.S. Department of Justice: Freedom of Information Act
US. Department of Justice: Public Integrity Section
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official Conduct

The Council for Excellence in Government

Cato Institute: Center for Representative Government

The Brookings Institution: Governance Studies-Campaign Finance Reform

The Center for Responsive Politics (
"a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy."

"...seeks to facilitate the general public access to information from government and non-government sources on issues of vital relevance to the people. PoliticalMoneyLine also seeks to inform and educate the public about critical issues of accountability, governance, and representation."

The Campaign Finance Institute
"conducts objective research and education, empanels task forces and makes recommendations for policy change in the field of campaign finance."

The Reform Institute
"a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to achieving those goals by promoting open and fair elections by reducing the influence of special interests in our politics, and by neutralizing the political influences percolating into the reform debate."

Public Campaign
"non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics."  Specifically advocates Clean Money Campaign Reform which provides "full public financing for candidates who agree to spending limits and reject private contributions."

Federal Election Commission
The independent regulatory agency created by Congress in 1975 to enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Election Reform Information Project (
"non-partisan, non-advocacy website providing up-to-the-minute news and analysis on election reform."

United States Election Assistance Commission

Black Box Voting
nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501c(3) organization...consumer protection group for elections, funded by citizen donations

Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform
American University's Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM) organized the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, announced
on March 24, 2005.  The Commission, headed by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker, released "Building Confidence in
U.S. Elections," a report of its findings, including 87 recommendations, on September 19, 2005.

The Election Center
In May 2005 The Election Center's National Task Force on Election Reform issued a report containing 45 recommendations in the areas of voter registration,
election technology, and redesigning elections.

Democracy in Action Page on Post-2000 Reform Efforts

"seeks elections that promote voter turnout, fair representation, inclusive policy and meaningful choices by building on our nation's history of improving upon the American experiment. As a catalyst for electoral reforms such as instant runoff voting, proportional voting, direct election of the president and automatic voter registration, we conduct research, analysis, education and organizing..."

Election Law (Rick Hasen's web log)
"The law of politics and the politics of law: election law, campaign finance, legislation, voting rights, initiatives, redistricting, and the Supreme Court nomination process."

Ballot Access News (Richard Winger)

Third Party Watch (Austin Cassidy)

U.S. Term Limits
"To rally Americans to restore citizen control of government by limiting the terms of politicians at the local, state and congressional levels."

Why Tuesday?
"a bipartisan effort to increase voter participation in our electoral process by moving our federal Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday and Sunday of the month."

American Association of Political Consultants

Citizenship Matters (NCLC and ECS)

Voter Participation: There are numerous groups dedicated to increasing voter participation.

U.S. Electoral College (National Archives and Records Administration)
National Governors' Association
Council of State Governments
National Conference of State Legislatures
Government Performance Project
National Association of Counties
National League of Cities
U.S. Conference of Mayors
National Association of Regional Councils

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