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News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Demos | Democracy

Distorted Democracy: Big Money and Dark Money in the 2012 Elections

A new analysis of pre-election data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and other sources by U.S. PIRG and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype: new waves of “outside spending” have been fueled by dark money and unlimited fundraising from a small number of wealthy donors.

Report | Common Cause | Consumer Protection, Democracy

TOXIC SPENDING

Since passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act in 1976, the debate over disclosing and reducing the risks that certain chemicals pose to human health and the environment has been dominated by two important trends. First is the growing body of evidence that certain chemicals are harmful to human health, and the growing number of chemicals in daily use whose effects on human health have not been fully studied.

Yet at the same time the chemical industry’s annual spending on campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures has doubled since 2000, and the industry enjoys a powerful new avenue of influence in the form of the unlimited “independent” political expenditures now allowable under the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Democracy

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SECRETS AND LIES

U.S. PIRG, Maryland PIRG and small business representatives and others call on U.S. Chamber of Commerce to disclose the sources of funds behind its dark money electoral advertising

Resource | Democracy

Maryland Voter Services

Not sure you are registered to vote? Want to look up your voter information? Visit the Maryland State Board of Elections Voter Services site.

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Maryland Voter Services

Not sure you are registered to vote? Want to look up your voter information? Visit the Maryland State Board of Elections Voter Services site.

Maryland PIRG New Voters Project Hits the Streets

By | Jenny Levin
Public Health Advocate

The Maryland PIRG New Voters Project is a nonpartisan effort to help register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day. We believe the best way to get political leaders to pay attention to young people and our issues is to register and vote.

Maryland PIRG New Voters Project Hits the Streets

Use Your Vote. Raise Our Voice.

The New Voters Project is a nonpartisan effort to help register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day. We believe the best way to raise the voices of young people is to register and vote.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization. We do not endorse any candidate or party and we do not take a stand on any legislation. Our job is to get young people to the polls. It is up to candidates to convince them who to vote for.

2012 Goals

Youth vote a major factor in upcoming election

By | Jenny Levin
Public Health Advocate

If you're between the ages of 18 and 30, you've been in the news a lot lately. Young voters can have a big impact this election, and here's how.

News Release | Democracy

New Report Details Latest Numbers on Outside Spending, Secret Money, and Super PAC Fundraising for 2012 Elections

WASHINGTON – The Top 5 “dark money” spenders on presidential election ads have reported less than 1% of their spending to the FEC, which is all that is required by the agency’s insufficient standards, according to a new report analyzing the latest campaign filings. 

Today, national public policy organizations Demos and U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released “Million-Dollar Megaphones: Super PACs and Unlimited Outside Spending in the 2012 Elections,” which provides a detailed analysis of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data and secondary sources on outside spending and Super PAC fundraising for the 2012 election cycle.

News Release | Democracy

Florida Victory for Young People

Tallahassee, FL – Civic groups and Florida voters won a huge victory when a federal judge indicated he will permanently remove some of the most restrictive parts of Florida’s new voter registration laws, which have made it harder for student governments and civic groups to help register young people to vote.

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