Government “of the people” requires a political system that responds to the priorities and needs of the American public. While organized interest groups are easily heard in the halls of Congress, the general public has fewer avenues to ensure that its priorities are reflected in the policy making process. We need to find ways to make government more accountable to the public and less accountable to political donors.
To create a more responsive political system, the Democracy Fund will explore a range of strategies aimed at increasing the public’s voice in our political process and reducing the demands placed on political candidates that make them more dependent on large donors. We will also look to increase public awareness about how donors influence the political process and create political will for change.
The Democracy Fund will pursue bi- and non-partisan research, dialogue, and negotiation about political reforms that may improve our campaign finance system and reduce corruption. Our aim is to understand how different types of reform work and to build political consensus around those that work best.