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Methodology: Demos sponsored an online survey among 1,536 registered voters, conducted June 5 to June 14, 2017. The research included a base sample of registered voters and, for deeper analysis, oversamples of working-class African Americans, working-class Hispanics, working-class white...
07/14/2017
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Decades of disastrous Supreme Court decisions have enabled wealthy individuals and corporations to have an outsized influence in our political system by allowing them to pour unlimited amounts of money into elections. Cities, counties, and states around the country have combatted this trend with...
06/28/2017
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In an effort to broaden and diversify the movement to get big money out of politics, Free Speech For People and Demos are releasing this framework for organizing money in politics conversations that center voices that are marginalized by systems of oppression, including structural racism and...
06/27/2017
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The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ 2017 People’s Budget tackles inequality head-on, rewriting the rules of a rigged economy so that corporations pay their fair share and the infrastructure and programs that serve the people are well resourced. This budget is a blueprint for America to boost...
05/02/2017
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Immigrant Community Trust Policies: Why Protections for Schools, Hospitals and Courthouses are Essential  Schools:  Immigration enforcement is not appropriate in schools and policies are needed to shield students and their...
03/20/2017
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As discussed in the recent report, SANCTUARY, SAFETY AND COMMUNITY: TOOLS FOR WELCOMING AND PROTECTING IMMIGRANTS THROUGH LOCAL DEMOCRACY (published jointly by Demos and LatinoJustice PRLDEF), threats to retract funding from “sanctuary” jurisdictions are overblown and should be resisted...
03/10/2017
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Big-money politics is a key barrier to people of color achieving equal representation. Building a democracy where the strength of our voices doesn’t depend upon the size of our wallets, and where people of all incomes and backgrounds can effectively run for office and lobby our elected...
02/28/2017
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What do people mean by “money in politics” or “campaign finance reform”? Running for office requires money—for staff, travel, TV ads, etc. In many countries, much of the cost of public elections is paid for by public funds, so the voters control the process and candidates are only accountable to...
01/31/2017
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Trump’s Nominee Must be Pressed on Money in Politics For four decades, the Supreme Court’s flawed approach to money in politics has gutted common-sense protections against the power of special interests and wealthy individuals, and shaped a system that 85% of Americans...
01/31/2017
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Donald Trump campaigned as the champion of working-class Americans facing a system of crony capitalism supported by the federal government. There is no better example than the corporations that cheat their employees out of pay and maintain dangerous work sites—yet still retain lucrative contracts...
12/05/2016
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