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Our government was designed to withstand the influence of corrupt officials, a recalcitrant Congress, and excessive presidential authority. But without constant attention to those guardrails, the norms of democracy are threatened.

Corruption and ethics problems have tarnished both the legislative and executive branches of our government, while rampant politicization infects the governing process. The Brennan Center fights for stronger ethics and lobbying rules to stop government dysfunction. We stand up for the rule of law. We pressure Congress to act as a watchdog on the executive branch. And we sound the alarm about the troubling growth of presidential authority.

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Making democracy work, for everyone.

Voter suppression. Gerrymandering. Big money in politics. Democracy is under attack. This year, the House of Representatives approved the For the People Act, which includes innovative solutions the Brennan Center developed on voting, ethics, campaign finance, and fair election maps.