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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$uperPACs

$uperPACs

The rise of the Super PACs, made possible by misguided U.S. Supreme Court decisions, including Citizens United, are flooding our elections with special interest cash. Even in Vermont, a Super PAC funded almost entirely by a single individual spent nearly $1 million to elect or defeat state candidates in the 2012 election season. That’s why VPIRG is ...

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VPIRG mourns loss of a bright star

VPIRG mourns loss of a bright star

We’re saddened to report that VPIRG canvasser and friend, Ben Mohla, was killed in a car crash on Saturday evening, Nov. 23rd. Ben and two others were on their way to Massachusetts when the vehicle spun out of control due to the snowy conditions and hit a tree. Ben always wanted to make everyone around him ...

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MEDIA RELEASE: Vermont policy on hold as Supreme Court hears McCutcheon v. FEC

Supreme Court case could add over $1 billion in contributions from large donors over next four election cycles MONTPELIER – The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in McCutcheon v. FEC and Vermonters are paying attention.  Advocates, including the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), say the case would further increase the electoral clout ...

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S.82 – Commonsense Campaign Reform: Delayed

S.82 – Commonsense Campaign Reform: Delayed

Last November, when VPIRG laid out a plan to force Super PAC contributors into the light of day, legislators of all political stripes took notice.  The window for passing comprehensive elections reform legislation – which had been closed for years – appeared to open. In fact, the Legislature took steps toward that goal.  The Senate and ...

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Legislative Accomplishments 2013

Legislative Accomplishments 2013

The legislative session is over, and the results are in.  Here at VPIRG, we’re celebrating the victories that our members helped to bring about. Thank you! Of course, we didn’t win every fight.  The Legislature failed to commit the necessary resources to weatherize our homes and businesses, for example.  But we’re taking the time to celebrate the ...

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Key Committee Could Vote to Put More Money in Politics

Within the next 24 hours, a key House committee will vote on whether to give very wealthy individuals and corporations the right to pour even more money into Vermont elections.  And at this moment, it looks like the vote will be bad – very bad. Help us to get Big Money OUT of Politics in Vermont! The Senate ...

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