Dēmos

A multi-issue national organization, Demos combines research, policy development, and advocacy to influence public debates and catalyze change. We publish books, reports, and briefing papers that illuminate critical problems and advance innovative solutions; work at both the national and state level with advocates and policymakers to promote reforms; help to build the capacity and skills of key progressive constituencies; project our values into the media by promoting Demos Fellows and staff in print, broadcast, and Internet venues; and host public events that showcase new ideas and leading progressive voices.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
120 Groups Ask: Will Gorsuch Defend The Rights of Everyday People to Be Heard Over Big Donors?
Senators must challenge President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court to clarify his position on the power of big money in politics and whether he believes the wealthy and powerful should be heard above the voices of everyday people, according to a letter signed by 121 democracy, civil...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Senate Confirms DeVos as Secretary of Education
In the closest confirmation vote for a Secretary of Education to date, Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the narrow margin of 51-50, with the historic tie breaking vote coming from Vice President Mike Pence. Following the decision, Mark Huelsman, Senior Policy Analyst and higher education expert at...
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Thursday, May 05, 2016
California DMV Takes Important First Steps Toward 
Improving Voter Registration Services
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) took the necessary first steps toward improving voter registration services offered online and at its 174 field offices across the state, though it still will need to address some major issues. Beginning this month, people who are eligible and...
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
New Demos Report Underscores Racial Bias in American Campaign Finance System
On the heels of the nation’s most expensive mid-term election cycle, where federal political spending hit a $3.7 billion high, the national public policy organization Demos released a new report that examines the inherent racial bias in our big money political system. A follow-up to Demos’...
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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
New Demos Report: Walmart's $6.6 Billion Outlay for Share Buybacks in 2013 Better Spent on Workers
In anticipation of the annual Walmart shareholders’ meeting this week, national public policy organization Demos has released a 2014 update of previous research detailing how Walmart can afford to give its workers a raise by redirecting the funds spent annually on buying back shares of Walmart’s own company stock.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
New Demos Study Reveals Fast-food Industry with Greatest CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity in Economy
As shareholders prepare for annual meetings, Demos released a new study today that finds that the fast-food industry has the greatest CEO-to-worker pay disparity in our economy, with ratios exceeding 1,000-to-1. The study finds that the growing disparity within fast-food threatens economic growth and shareholder investment. READ THE REPORT: http://demos.io/1twtwMq
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Supreme Court Undermines Democracy with New Gift to Top Donors in McCutcheon v. FEC Ruling
Today, in the most significant money in politics case since Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down critical limits on the amount a wealthy individual can give directly to favored candidates, parties, and committees. Prior to McCutcheon v. FEC, a wealthy donor was limited to a cap of $123,200. Now, that same donor can give more than $3.5 million.
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Monday, March 24, 2014
California to Comply with Voter Registration Law According to Settlement
In a victory for voting rights, the state of California has agreed to mail voter registration cards to nearly 4 million Californians who have signed up for health insurance through the state health exchange, Covered California, and to ensure that Californians who apply for health benefits through the exchange going forward are provided voter registration opportunities.
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Dēmos Praises Introduction of The Government By the People Act
Today, Demos applauded Leader Pelosi and Representative Sarbanes for co-sponsoring H.R. 20, The Government by the People Act, new legislation aimed at raising the voices of all Americans in the political process and allowing congressional candidates to run competitive campaigns by relying on small dollar contributions. “Everyone should have an equal say in our democracy through the principle of one person, one vote—not one dollar, one vote,” said Heather McGhee, incoming President of Demos.
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
New Jersey Failing to Offer Voter Registration to Low-Income Residents
Citing clear evidence that numerous low-income New Jersey residents have been denied the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from Rutgers Constitutional Law Clinic, Project Vote, Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP have issued official notice to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, as well as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), that the state is not in compliance with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
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