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 Elections & Government Reform News

Senate to vote on corporate cash and campaign finance

Senate to vote on corporate cash and campaign finance

Corporations are not people. But for more than 100 years, federal law has prohibited corporations from contributing directly to candidates running for federal office. Here in Vermont, though, the law treats corporations just like you or me. Your help could fix the problem, but we need to get moving fast. Ask your senator(s) to vote against ...

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VPIRG celebrates a win for fair elections!

VPIRG celebrates a win for fair elections!

On Tuesday, we sent out an email blast asking our members to urge the Senate to seize their one opportunity to pass commonsense rules on money in politics. We’d caught wind that some state senators were playing political games with this important legislation, and we weren’t about to stand by and watch. Guess what? Hundreds of member ...

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Act Now: Curb the influence of money in politics!

Act Now: Curb the influence of money in politics!

As the saying goes, foxes don’t make the best guards for the chicken coop.  That logic may also apply when it comes to politicians regulating money in politics. Burlington Free Press political reporter Terri Hallenbeck wrote a story last week that concluded with this statement: “It struck me that elected officials are the last people on ...

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More sensible campaign contribution limits move forward

More sensible campaign contribution limits move forward

When the Senate Government Operations Committee initially contemplated dramatically raising the contribution limits to candidates and political action committees, VPIRG organized a response that also included the LWV-VT and Ben Cohen. After threatening to oppose the bill, the committee reconsidered its position and ended up with limits much closer to those VPIRG suggested. The limits are ...

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Senate bill criticized for opening the flood gates to campaign cash

Senate bill criticized for opening the flood gates to campaign cash

Some of Vermont’s most well-known advocates for campaign finance reform took issue today with a proposed bill in the state Senate that would dramatically increase the amount of money in Vermont’s political campaigns. The Senate Government Operations Committee has been working all year on legislation – S.82 – that would require increased reporting from political action ...

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2013 Town Meeting Day Resources

In communities across Vermont, citizens are bringing solutions to town. Whether its town meeting resolutions to keep Vermont free of tar sands oil or spreading critical information about upcoming changes to health care, check to see what’s on the docket in your community.

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Fixing the Filibuster, One Step at a Time

Fixing the Filibuster, One Step at a Time

“There is now an infrastructure of outside groups and activists that has shown the ability to mobilize at least some public concern about an extremely arcane problem, dramatizing the need for better governance and the dangerous consequences of having a Senate that has functionally ceased to be a democratic body.” Find out what’s next on filibuster ...

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