Working with Existing Organizations:
Study the organizations & decide if your interests align with any of the groups. Join. Participate. Take action! Next steps!
Nationally, a number of groups have prepared research, conducted hearings & forums, & have an established record of fighting to shine a light on the dark money in our elections. In some cases, folks are directly financing candidates, parties, & campaigns.
Groups have urged that citizens pay even more attention to the rapidly expanding supposedly independent groups & the theoretical “social welfare” 501(c)4 organizations that have waded heavily into campaigns but keep their donor lists secret.
These organizations provide a wealth of information & analysis about campaign funding & disclosure reform on both the state & federal levels.
American Sustainable Business Council
1401 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 1225
Washington, DC 20005
Co-Founder, CEO, David Levine
Co-Founder, Director of Media & Communications, David Brodwin
Campaigns manager, Greta Twombly
“The ASBC Action Fund operates under IRS code 501(c)(4). Its mission is to advocate for legislative change that supports a more sustainable economy.”
Brennan Center for Justice
New York University 161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013
President: Michael Waldman
The Brennan Center is a nonpartisan law and policy institute at New York University that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. Its work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.
Campaign Legal Center
1411 K St. NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20005
202-736-2200 (o); (202) 736-2201 (o)
President and General Counsel – Trevor Potter
Executive Director, Gerry Hebert (click on name to email)
Policy Director, Meredith McGehee
Senior Counsel on State Laws – Paul Seamus Ryan
The Campaign Legal Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that protects and strengthens our democracy in the areas of campaign finance, voting rights, political communication, and government ethics.
1133 19th Street NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
President: Karen Hobert Flynn
Vice President for State Operations: Jenny Rose Flanagan
National Campaigns: Jesse Littlewood
National Grassroots Organizer: Isabella Bronstein
Common Cause, which is working for honest, open, and accountable government, has staff and chapters in 35 states and members in all 50 states. The Common Cause website lists states with active chapters; click here to see if there is a chapter near you. Contact the Kentucky Chapter through the link below; click on names to email the person directly.
Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO)
501 3rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
President, Larry Cohen
Mission Statement: CWA will continue to work with alliance partners like Common Cause to get corporate money out of politics and help make the American political process work for working families.
220 Fifth Ave. 2nd Flr.
New York, NY 10001
Heather McGee, President
Demos means “the People.” It is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.
Free Speech for People
505 West 38th Street, Unit A4
Austin, TX 78705
Co-Founder & President, John Bonifaz
“Free Speech For People works to challenge the misuse of corporate power and restore republican democracy to the people.”
Issue One (formerly Fund for the Republic)
11 Dupont Circle, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20036
Executive Director: Nick Penniman
Director for External Affairs: Barbara Lawton
The fund is a nonprofit grant-making organization committed to putting everyday citizens back in control of our democracy by reducing the influence of well-financed special interests over American politics and policy-making.
2223 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
President & Co-Founder, Daniel G. Newman
Vice President of Communications & Editorial Dir., Pamela Behrsin
MapLight is a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics. They research & compile data about the sources of campaign contributions in U.S. presidential, congressional, state, & local ballot and candidate elections.
Move to Amend
PO Box 610
Eureka, CA 95502 &
1402 M Street,
Eureka, CA 95501
National Field Director: Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap cell: (707) 362-0626, email: Kaitlin@MoveToAmend.org
Spokesman David Cobb cell: (707) 362-0333
Move to Amend is a loose network of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests.
People for the American Way
1101 15th Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20005
President, Michael Keegan
Marge Baker, Executive VP for Policy & Program (People for the American Way) (202) 467-4999, firstname.lastname@example.org
“We believe a society that reflects these constitutional principles and progressive values is worth fighting for, and we take seriously our responsibility to cultivate new generations of leaders and activists who will sustain these values for the life of this nation. Our operational mission is to promote the American Way and defend it from attack, to build and nurture communities of support for our values, and to equip those communities to promote progressive policies, elect progressive candidates, and hold public officials accountable.”
1600 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
President: Robert Weissman
Policy Director: Craig Holman
Public Citizen lobbies for the public interest before Congress, serving as the people’s voice in Washington to ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power.
Together Frankfort thanks local citizens who have participated in our forums, film screenings, & meetings to examine the issue of "Dark Money." Together Frankfort formed a Working Group on Dark Money to continually educate ourselves about the topic.
Connect with Organizations Actively Working on Dark Money! The Working Group chose a priority to continue educational programs on dark money and to research national organizations with whom we could collaborate. Many of those are listed below.