Democracy Matters, a non-partisan campus-based organization, works to get big private money out of politics and people back in. Offering paid internships to undergraduates and affiliate internships to high school students, Democracy Matters mentors the next generation of leaders dedicated to strengthening our democracy. Students organize actions and projects connecting pro-democracy reforms to issues of environment, civil rights, education, health care, foreign policy, and more.
Building a National Movement
Dr. Joan Mandle, Executive Director of The Democracy Matters Institute, talks about how her son, Adonal Foyle, started the organization and the ways in which they have worked to build the movement over the years.
The Story of Citizens United v FEC
Why democracy only works when people are in charge.
Take the "For Sale" sign off the Capitol lawn!
Brave New Foundation launched a new video today about the need for Fair Elections. They interview farmers in Iowa, an oyster farmer in Louisiana, and a coal miner in West Virginia about the role corporate influence plays in the political process—and how they are often left out of it because they don’t have the campaign cash to spare.
Megan Luce: Money and Politics Panel
Megan Luce, associate director of Democracy Matters, in Hamilton, N.Y., spoke at a panel discussion on money and politics at Allegheny College on Dec. 1, 2009.
Americans Support Fair Elections
Check out the new ads on the Fair Elections Now website. Conservative, progressive, and in between: the American people are tired of business as usual in Washington, D.C. They want government, of, by, and for the people.
Commercial for Mid-Term Elections Discussion Panel at Iona College
The Iona College Chapter of Democracy Matters created a commercial to promote a discussion panel on October 26, 2010 for the upcoming Mid-Term Elections.
Iona College Chapter of Democracy Matters, Promotion Commercial #2
Dr. Robert Lacey of Iona College reprises his role as a scholarly gent in a commercial to promote political activism. This message was created and sponsored by the Iona College Chapter of Democracy Matters; Change Election, Change America.
Of/By/4 - in 18 minutes
Check out this cool new Fair Elections video by Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig. Share with your friends!
The People's Indictment of Karl Rove
On June 20, 2012, Nick Nyhart, CEO and President of Public Campaign, Joan Mandle, Executive Director of Democracy Matters, Tracy Leatherberry of Common Cause and others delivered a people's indictment for crimes against our democracy to Karl Rove, American Crossroads, and Crossroads GPS.
The Case for Fair ElectionsActor Sam Waterston and Common Cause VPs Arn Pearson & Sarah Dufendach explain why we need to change the way we finance campaigns by passing the Fair Elections Now Act.Democracy Matters is Coming!
Democracy Matters could be coming to your campus! The solution to most of the problems we face in this country lie in the creation of a stronger democracy, voter-owned campaigns, and the power of a mobilized citizenry.
Getting a Grip on Money in Politics Part I
This new short-format web-doc examines campaign finance reform through new eyes, the eyes of Deborah Simpson, a former waitress and single mother who ran for election under Maine's Clean Election statute...and won!
Simpson's inspirational story is juxtaposed with comments of despair and disappointment from on-the-street interviews and masterfully highlighted by Frances Moore Lappé's eloquent and passionate plea for us to embrace this new alternative to the trend of billion-dollar politics.
Based on Lappé's new book, Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad. For more see: http://www.gettingagrip.org/
Getting a Grip on Money in Politics Part II
Author Frances Moore Lappé talks with John Rauh, founder of the Just 6 Dollars, about his campaign to get public financing of all federal elections. For more on how we can take back our democracy from moneyed interests, see Frances' new book, Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad.
Adonal Foyle Video for Orlando Magic
Get to know Orlando Magic player Adonal Foyle.
Edwards and Obama on Campaign Finance Reform
During the debate Edwards is allowed to ask a question and it's on campaign finance the the influence of lobbyist money and Obama answers and MSNBC allows Clinton to weasel out of having to answer the question as well.