Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.

redistricting report

Redistricting and Representation

Report examines redistricting in the Great Lakes region and offers a framework to improve the process.


Democracy Program

Encouraging citizens to participate in our democracy by promoting campaign finance reform, ethical government, fair elections, and an independent judiciary.


Democracy Grantees

2012 Money and Politics Grantees

Find more information about grantees in our Annual Reports.

Citizen Advocacy Center
Elmhurst, IL $50,000
To continue to press for reforms within traditional open government statutes, and to examine inconsistencies in Illinois' decentralized state election system. (1 yr)

Common Cause Education Fund
Washington, DC $100,000
To support work in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio. (1 yr)

Common Cause Education Fund
Washington, DC $85,000
For research, public education, public education, media outreach, and coalition building by Common Cause Wisconsin to promote reforms, including judicial independence, public financing of elections, and redistricting. (1 yr)

The Fund for Justice
Chicago, IL $50,000
To promote changes in the system by which elected judges are retained and through this process to improve the quality of the judiciary. (1 yr)

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
Chicago, IL $350,000
To provide renewed support for two salaried positions within the Midwest Democracy Network: a full-time executive director and a part-time communications and program coordinator . (2 yrs)

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
Chicago, IL $300,000
For government accountability project. (1 yr)

League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund
Chicago, IL $50,000
To improve Illinois's election administration, build public awareness of the need to safeguard judicial independence, and to build public support for redistricting reform. (1 yr)

League of Women Voters of Michigan Education Fund
Lansing, MI $25,000
For continued support of the Michigan Voter Power (MVP) Project. (1 yr)

League of Women Voters of Minnesota Education Fund
St. Paul, MN $75,000
To support the State of Democracy Program. (1 yr)

League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund
Columbus, OH $75,000
For renewed support on two main project areas, Election Administration and Reform, and Redistricting Reform. (1 yr)

League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Fund
Madison, WI $60,000
To support its contributions to collaborative efforts to develop and promote a comprehensive political reform agenda for Wisconsin. (1 yr)

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Los Angeles, CA $75,000
To build support for redistricting reform in Illinois and ensure voting access in the Midwest. (1 yr)

Michigan Campaign Finance Network
Lansing, MI $80,000
For research, analysis, and public education for an agenda of political reforms that includes money in politics, ethics, redistricting, term limits, election administration, and judicial independence. (1 yr)

TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund
St. Paul, MN $150,000
For advancing a democracy reform agenda using legislation, community organizing, movement building, coalition work, and unexpected alliances. (1 yr)

Wisconsin Voices
Milwaukee, WI $70,000
To support policy and advocacy work related to voter protection, election improvements, and campaign finance reform. (1 yr)

Latest News From The Democracy Program

4/2/2014 1:28:00 PM

Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limits

McCutcheon decision allows individuals and PACs to contribute more than $3 million to campaigns, advocates say.

10/31/2013 10:33:00 AM

National Special Interest Groups Spending More On State Judicial Elections

Joyce supported report finds that 43% of campaign contributions come from non-candidate groups.

4/30/2013 9:00:00 AM

Redistricting and Representation in the Great Lakes Region

Report Released at Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Symposium.


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