Elections that were once citizen-driven are now flooded with unprecedented millions from secret sources. Compared to the federal level, these funders are subject to less scrutiny and have far more ability to shape results.
The growing role of mega-donors in elections has reached a tipping point, marginalizing those who are not wealthy or don't have access to wealthy donors. Public financing programs can help create a more participatory democracy.
Today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a counsel’s opinion urging the State Legislature to take aggressive action to strengthen protections against the collaboration and coordination between candidates and super PACs that has undermined campaign finance systems around the country.
In recent decades, state judicial selection has become increasingly politicized, polarized, and dominated by special interests. This new Brennan Center initiative aims to spur conversation — and innovation — on ways to improve.
With states across the country still struggling to achieve diversity on the bench, the Brennan Center released a new guide to help judicial nominating commissions more effectively recruit and evaluate diverse judicial candidates.