Making government more open, responsive to, and reflective of ordinary citizens.
Narrow special interests disproportionately influence elections, public debate, and the government’s decision-making process, often drowning out the voice, subverting the will, and harming the interest of the general public. VPIRG is working for a more participatory and inclusive democracy: in favor of government transparency and integrity, against big money politics, and for more fair and accessible elections.
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On the opening day of Vermont’s legislative session, a politically diverse group of lawmakers joined VPIRG in calling for an amendment to the state Constitution so that all future leaders are elected by the people of the state. Currently, Vermont’s Constitution requires legislators to choose the winner in races for governor, lieutenant governor or treasurer where ...Read More
Vermont voters, not the Legislature, should choose our state’s top leaders, including our governor, lieutenant governor and treasurer. Ask your senator(s) to support a VT Popular Vote Amendment Currently, Vermont’s Constitution requires legislators to choose the winner in races for governor, lieutenant governor or treasurer when no candidate gets a majority of votes cast. While it’s not uncommon ...Read More
Burlington, VT – The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) formally launched its summer outreach campaign today – Taking on Big Money in Politics – with help from Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Ben Cohen. VPIRG’s goal is to build broad public support for a set of proposals that will lessen the political influence of very wealthy ...Read More
Think Big Money’s influence in our democracy has gone too far? Now’s the time to call on Vermont’s elected leaders to do something about it.Read More
VICTORIES on GMOs, Toxics, Solar, and more! If you support VPIRG because we’re the kind of organization that takes on the tough fights on important issues and gets results, then I have good news for you. Our advocates, organizers, interns and member volunteers just completed one of the most successful legislative sessions in VPIRG’s 42 year history. ...Read More
VPIRG took on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate interests in the 2014 legislative session, and we won! From landmark legislation requiring GMO foods to be labeled to expanding opportunities for Vermont families to go solar, this was an incredible year. We also helped to pass a new law that will help protect kids ...Read More
Vermont received a grade of A- on government spending transparency, according to “Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data,” the fifth annual report of its kind by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.Read More
There are many ways to evaluate governmental transparency, but at VPIRG we spend a great deal of time following the money. That’s money spent to elect or defeat candidates, lobby our elected leaders, or run the government. Vermont turns out to be a leader in some areas and a laggard in others, but there’s always ...Read More