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.

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Thursday, August 02, 2012
New Report On Secret Money and Super PACs in 2012 Election
The Top 5 “dark money” spenders on presidential election ads have reported less than 1% of their spending to the FEC, which is all that is required by the agency’s insufficient standards, according to a new report analyzing the latest campaign filings. >>>READ “MILLION-DOLLAR MEGAPHONES”
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Thursday, July 05, 2012
Voting Rights Organizations File Suit to Enforce NVRA in PA
Today, the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) and ACTION United filed suit against Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, Secretary of Public Welfare, Gary D. Alexander and Secretary of Health, Dr. Eli N. Avila in the U.S.
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Dellinger, Demos: Supreme Court Wrong to Deny Montana its Day in Court on Citizens United
Today, the United States Supreme Court summarily reversed the Montana Supreme Court decision to uphold a state law restricting corporate spending in elections, squandering a chance to review the disastrous consequences of Citizens United . Today’s decision demonstrates unwarranted disrespect for Montana and denies the State the chance to show why its hundred-year-old law is necessary to protect its government from corruption and to encourage voter participation in democracy.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
New Report: Expanding the Native Vote through Indian Health Service
Almost two out of five American Indians and Alaska Natives eligible to vote are not registered, but according to a new report by national policy center Demos, designating Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities as official voter registration agencies under the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) would go a long way toward addressing this civic crisis.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Availability: Student Debt, State of Young America Experts, Research, Commentary
As graduation season comes to a close and the student debt interest rate hike looms, national public policy organization Demos has announced a new blog series on PolicyShop.net focusing on the serious economic challenges facing all young Americans, from STEM education to the debt-for-diploma system. Drawing on Demos’ expert original reports and databytes on higher education, experts have written opinion pieces on issues ranging from “Masters degree mania” to Wall Street poaching to rising dropout rates.
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Thursday, June 07, 2012
Demos Applauds Goals of Federal Reserve Independence Act, Urges Protection Against Self-Regulation By Banks
Leaders in the U.S. Senate recently introduced a bill that would help significantly shift the direction of the financial sector toward the common good by ensuring that independent directors, not industry executives, regulate the big banks. Introduced on May 22 by Senator Bernie Sanders, with co-sponsors Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Mark Begich, “The Federal Reserve Independence Act” (S.3219) would prohibit banking industry executives from serving as directors of the twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
New Report: Hidden, Excessive 401(k) Fees Cost Retirees $155,000
An median-income, two-earner household will pay nearly $155,000 over the course of their lifetime in 401(k) fees, according to a new analysis by national public policy center Demos. “The Retirement Drain: The Hidden and Excessive Costs of 401(k)s” details how the nation’s shift in retirement policy toward individual retirement accounts has made savers vulnerable to losing almost one-third of their investment returns to a complex, inefficient market.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
New National Survey: Credit CARD Act A Success, But Plastic Safety Net Persists
On the third anniversary of President Obama’s signing the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (Credit CARD Act) into law, a new national survey from policy center Demos shows that average debt has declined and new regulations are benefiting millions. Nevertheless, working and middle class families are still using credit cards as a private safety net to make ends meet. REPORT: The Plastic Safety Net >>>
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Demos Applauds Goals Of Voter Empowerment Act of 2012, Urges Expansion Of Americans' Freedom To Vote
Today, leaders in the House of Representatives introduced a bill that would dramatically expand Americans’ fundamental freedom to vote: the Voter Empowerment Act of 2012 (VEA). The far-reaching reforms reflect the importance of cutting through the needless red tape that is restricting too many eligible Americans’ ability to register and vote. Demos applauds the goals of co-sponsors Reps. John Lewis, James Clyburn, Steny Hoyer, John Conyers, Robert Brady, and Keith Ellison, among others.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Massachusetts Citizen and Community Groups Sue Commonwealth for Failing to Provide Voter Registration Opportunities
Citing clear evidence that the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) have violated their federally-mandated responsibilities to offer tens of thousands of public assistance clients opportunities to register to vote, a Massachusetts citizen and two community groups filed suit today for violations of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Download the Complaint (PDF): http://bit.ly/J9XBwC
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