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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Latest Democracy News

RELEASE: Vermont Earns A- in Spending Transparency

RELEASE: Vermont Earns A- in Spending Transparency

New Report: Vermont Receives an “A-” in Transparency of Government Spending Montpelier – Vermont received a grade of A- today 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 ...

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McCutcheon Money

McCutcheon Money

If you liked Citizens United, you’re going to love McCutcheon The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. U.S. PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle. As this report outlines, Citizens ...

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RELEASE: Supreme Court rules in favor of big money…again.

RELEASE: Supreme Court rules in favor of big money...again.

  Decision in McCutcheon v FEC could add $1 billion from big donors through 2020 Montpelier – Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. U.S. PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer ...

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Legislature opens door to big money

Legislature opens door to big money

In a remarkable reversal of past priorities, Vermont legislators opened the 2014 session by voting to allow even more money in state elections. Gov. Shumlin signed the bill (S.82) into law, despite having heard from over 1,500 VPIRG members urging him to veto it. Over opposition from Democrats, Republicans, Progressives and Independents, majorities in both the ...

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Step 1: Veto. Step 2: Real reform.

Step 1: Veto. Step 2: Real reform.

As Jerry Greenfield pointed out, the first step for real campaign finance reform is persuading Gov. Shumlin to veto S.82. It’s a bill that would give corporations, PACs and very wealthy folks more influence over how we elect our leaders in Montpelier—and that’s not only unnecessary, it’s just wrong. If Gov. Shumlin vetoes S.82, then our ...

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Why Jerry Greenfield is asking for a veto of S.82

Why Jerry Greenfield is asking for a veto of S.82

This is the message that Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s, sent out to VPIRG members urging action on a bad bill to put more money in politics. Why I’m asking for a veto of S.82 We might not agree on politics or religion, heck we might not agree on Chunky Monkey or Phish Food, but ...

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House Votes to Put More Money in Vermont Politics

House Votes to Put More Money in Vermont Politics

Over the objection of VPIRG and the hundreds members who emailed and called their representatives, the Vermont House  voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that makes it legal for corporations, PACs and wealthy individuals to throw even more money into Vermont elections. You can read more about what happened here. Just look at what S.82 would ...

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2014 Legislative Priorities: Democracy

2014 Legislative Priorities: Democracy

Legislature Opens the Door to Big Money in Elections In a remarkable reversal of past priorities, Vermont legislators opened the 2014 session by voting to allow even more money in state elections.  Gov. Shumlin signed the bill (S.82) into law on Jan. 23rd, despite having heard from over 1,500 VPIRG members urging him to veto it. Over ...

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