Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to redistricting reform, from access to the courts to presidential power in the fight against terrorism.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, February 06, 2015
New Analysis: Strong Photo ID Push in 2015 Session, But Momentum for Reform
At the start of the 2015 legislative session, there are strong pushes for strict photo ID requirements in some Republican-led states, but also continued momentum around reforms to improve access to the polls, according to a new analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law...
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Thursday, February 05, 2015
New Report: Long-term Vision on Money in Politics Requires ‘Political Opportunity’ Framework
Reforming the flow of money into politics and revitalizing democracy requires a new framework: a focus on enhancing political opportunity, concludes a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and New America. Such a principle would both engage the public and lead to the...
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Republican State Senator Introduces Sweeping Campaign Finance Reform Proposal in Missouri
This morning, Missouri State Sen. Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph) introduced major campaign finance reform legislation, the Missouri Anti-Corruption Act , which would overhaul the state’s campaign finance laws to empower average Missouri voters and reduce the influence of special interests. The bill...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
New Reforms: Former Church Committee Staff Members Recommend Key Changes to Intelligence Oversight
Today, on the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Church Committee, 17 former Church Committee staff members put forward key reforms to help Congress rein in intelligence abuses and repair weakened oversight structures in a new report out today. “The 40th anniversary of the formation of the...
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Monday, January 26, 2015
BRIEF: Arizona Redistricting Law is Part of Long Tradition of Citizens Regulating State Elections
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Arizona legislature in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission would undermine the ability of citizens to combat the persistent problem of gerrymandering and enact other electoral reforms, argues a brief filed by the...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
New Report: Outside Spending, Dark Money from Wealthy Few Booming Post-'Citizens United'
Outside spending in competitive Senate races has exploded since 2010’s Citizens United decision, and a new analysis from the Brennan Center reveals three key trends: a major increase in the influence of a few wealthy donors, the proliferation of dark money spending that conceals the identity of...
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Congress' Spending Bill Further Empowers Wealthy Donors
Congressional negotiators reached a deal last night on an omnibus spending bill to close the 113 th Congress. A provision will increase the maximum legal contribution an individual can give to all three national party committees combined to more than $1.5 million per two-year election cycle. The...
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Monday, November 03, 2014
New Analysis: Outside Spending in Competitive 2014 Senate Races Shatters 2012 Records
Tomorrow’s midterm elections have seen new highs in nonparty outside spending (by groups other than the parties or candidates) and dark money, according to a new analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law of the 11 “toss-up” 2014 Senate races. Some of the takeaways: The $328...
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Friday, October 24, 2014
TV Ad Spending in Judicial Races Surpasses $9.1 Million
With less than two weeks to November 4th, political parties, outside groups, and state Supreme Court candidates have spent more than $9.1 million on TV ads this election cycle, including primaries and off cycle elections, according to FCC filings, campaign financial disclosures, and estimates from...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
New Report: Outside Spending, Dark Money Playing Record Role in Battle for Senate Majority
Outside spending is playing an unprecedentedly large role in the nine races most likely to determine which party controls the U.S. Senate, according to a new report released today by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. A record amount of this money comes from “dark money” groups...
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