1. Progressive Electoral Politics Organizations



1.1. Progressive Political Parties

Green Party of the United States
A federation of state Green Parties committed to environmentalism, non-violence, social justice and grassroots organizing.
Campus Greens
A national student-based organization dedicated to building a broad-based movement for radical democracy on America’s high school and college campuses based on grassroots democracy, ecology, social justice, and non-violence.
Labor Party
A political party of, by, and for working people, founded in June 1996 by delegates from hundreds of local and international unions as well as individual activists.
Socialist Party USA
A democratic socialist, multi-tendency party, advocating a broad-based, democratic social revolution from below instead of an undemocratic and violent seizure of power by a single political party.
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)
The largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, committed not only to extending political democracy but to demanding democratic empowerment in the economy, in gender relations, and in culture.
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)
Seeks a society based on community, human equality, economic and social rights, and respect for the natural environment — and to achieve this vision the means of producing wealth must be controlled by the people, through a broad democracy in political and cultural life.

1.2. Progressive State and Local Legislation Groups

Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC)
Brings together state and national groups committed to strategic grassroots ballot initiative campaigns in order to strengthen progressive politics and policies across the states and build an effective response to the right-wing’s damaging initiative strategy.
Progressive States Network
Works to pass progressive legislation in all fifty states by providing coordinated research and strategic advocacy tools to forward-thinking state legislators.
Cities for Progress
A network of locally-elected officials and community-led activists and citizens working together for progressive social change.

1.3. Progressive Lobbying and Electoral Action Groups

MoveOn
An on-line organization that works to realize the progressive vision of our country’s founders by providing a way for its busy but concerned 3.3 million members across America to find their political voice in a system dominated by big money and big media.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
A Quaker lobby that works with people from many different races, religions, and cultures to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government.
Americans United for Change
Founded to protect Social Security in 2005, now builds broad public and congressional support to move America in a new, better direction.
Progressive Caucus Action Fund
Works directly with progressive members of Congress to promote peace, energy independence, environmental sustainability and human rights.
Women’s Campaign Forum (WCF)
Works to increase the number of pro-choice women in public office.

1.4. Progressive Democratic Party Election Groups

Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)
Endorses bold progressive candidates, helps them run efficient and effective campaigns, raises money for them, and gives volunteers the opportunity to help these campaigns succeed.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)
A large group of progressive grassroots activists from across the country who want to support other activists locally and carry the progressive agenda from the American grassroots to Congress to guide the development of progressive legislation, fight for its passage into law, and support the realization of progressive policies at the state and local levels.
Progressive Majority
Works to elect progressives by building a nationwide member network that provides much-needed early support to progressive candidates — helping them win election and bringing our values back in to the halls of government.
Democracy for America (DFA)
A political action committee inspired by the presidential campaign of Howard Dean, and now dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government — from school board to the presidency.
21st Century Democrats
Founded by progressive Democratic officials to give progressive and populist candidates the support they need to win elections.
Young Democrats of America (YDA)
Mobilizes young people under the age of 36 to participate in the electoral process, influences the ideals of the Democratic Party, and develops the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders at the local and national level.
Americans For Democratic Action (ADA)
America’s oldest independent liberal lobbying organization, dedicated to individual liberty and building economic and social justice at home and abroad.
National Committee for an Effective Congress (NCEC)
A political action committee (PAC) supporting progressive candidates who fight for freedom of choice, separation of church and state, gun control, equal rights, and environmental protection.
EMILY’s List
‘Early Money is Like Yeast’ (it makes the dough rise), EMILY’s List identifies and supports viable pro-choice Democratic women candidates for key federal, state, and local offices.
National Stonewall Democrats
The voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans in the Democratic Party.

1.5. Progressive Voter Engagement Groups

Advancement Project
Using law, public policy and strategic communications, acts in partnership with local communities to build a fair and just multi-racial democracy and to advance universal opportunity, equity, and access.
Project Vote
Provides professional training, management, evaluation, and technical services to support voter mobilization in thousands of low-income and minority communities.
America Votes
A coalition of many of the largest membership-based groups in the country — representing more than 20 million Americans — who have come together to increase voter registration, education, and participation in electoral politics.
Rock the Vote
Engages youth in the political process — voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote events, and voter education efforts by incorporating the entertainment community and youth culture into its activities.
League of Young Voters
Develops innovative organizing strategies rooted in arts and cultural activism such as employing music, film, design, and street action to reel in thousands of new young people every year.
New Voters Project
A nonpartisan project of the Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) that works to register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day.
Voter Participation Center
Dedicated to increasing the participation and amplifying the voices of unmarried women (women who are single, widowed, divorced or separated), people of color, 18–29 year olds, and other historically underrepresented groups in our democracy. Formerly, Women’s Voices. Women Vote.
League of Women Voters (LWV)
Fights to improve our systems of government and to impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy.

1.6. Election Reform Groups

Public Campaign
Works for sweeping reform (“Clean Money Elections”) that would dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in America’s elections and the influence of big contributors in American politics.
Democracy 21
Works to eliminate the undue influence of big money in American politics, prevent government corruption, empower citizens in the political process, and ensure the integrity and fairness of government decisions and elections by promoting campaign finance reform and other related political reforms.
Americans for Campaign Reform
Works for publicly financed elections.
Democracy Matters
Informs and engages college students and communities in efforts to strengthen our democracy, focussing on removing private money from politics and other pro-democracy reforms.
National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI)
Works to limit campaign spending in local, statewide, and national elections; strengthen, defend and protect political participation against threats at the state and local level; and affirm and support constitutional protection of the right to vote.
FairVote — The Center for Voting and Democracy
Seeks elections that promote voter turnout, fair representation, inclusive policy, and meaningful choices through electoral reforms such as instant runoff voting, proportional voting, direct election of the president, and automatic voter registration.
VerifiedVoting.org
Works to make sure that our election systems are reliable and publicly verifiable.
Voter Action
Provides legal, research, and organizing support to ensure election integrity in the United States, particularly working to stop the acquisition and use of privatized, electronic voting systems which have been shown to have the most severe security risks and records of inaccuracy and unreliability.

1.7. Government Accountability Groups

Common Cause
Works for honest, open, and accountable government, encourages citizen participation in democracy, and fights against corruption in government and big money special interests.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
Sues government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.
Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) — OpenSecrets.org
Tracks money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Sunlight Foundation
Uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent, accountable, and more meaningfully accessible to citizens.
Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
Investigates and exposes cases of waste, fraud, and abuse in federal agencies.
Center for Effective Government
Works to build an open, accountable government that invests in the common good, protects people and the environment, and advances the national priorities defined by an active, informed citizenry. Fomerly, OMB Watch.
National Security Archive
An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. that collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Government Accountability Project (GAP)
Promotes government and corporate accountability by advancing occupational free speech, defending whistleblowers, and empowering citizen activists.
National Whistleblowers Center
Works to ensure that disclosures about government or industry actions that violate the law or harm the environment are fully heard, and that the whistleblowers who risk their careers to expose wrongdoing are defended.
National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC)
An alliance of whistleblowers who have come forward to address our nation’s security weaknesses; to inform authorities of security vulnerabilities in our intelligence agencies, at nuclear power plants and weapon facilities, in airports, and at our nation’s borders and ports; to uncover government waste, fraud, abuse, and criminal conduct.
Fund for Constitutional Government (FCG)
Works to expose and correct corruption in the federal government and other major national institutions through research and public education.
Justice At Stake Campaign
Works to keep our courts fair and impartial by educating the public and working for reforms to keep politics and special interests out of the courtrooms — so judges can do their job protecting our Constitution, our rights and the rule of law.
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy courtrooms(ACS)
An organization of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers, and activists that works to ensure that our country’s founding values of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.
Center for Progressive Reform (CPR)
An organization of university-affiliated academics with expertise in the legal, economic, and scientific issues related to regulation of health, safety, and the environment that seeks to inform policy debates, critique anti-regulatory research, enhance public understanding of the issues, and open the regulatory process to public scrutiny.