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AlterNet, Independent Media Institute
The Institute hosts workshops on the issue of money and politics and provides mini-grants to independent newspapers for coverage of related issues.
77 Federal Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Ph: (415) 284-1420

American Bar Association
Members of the ABA are reviewing the performance of the Federal Election Commission and will formulate recommendations for improving the agency's structure, management, investigative and enforcement authority, and funding.
Richard Mandelbaum
Ph: (202) 331-2652

American Friends Service Committee
59 E. Van Buren, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60605

The AFSC is co-sponsor of the Dollars and Democracy, an educational and action campaign to keep big money out of politics.
Maureen Kelleher, Assistant Coordinator 312-427-2533
Michael McConnell , Regional Director 312-427-2533
Grady Norwood 312-427-2533

American Friends Service Committee, Northeast Ohio
Economic Justice & Empowerment Program
513 W. Exchange
Akron, OH 44302

Greg Coleridge, Director 330-253-7151

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
ACORN has worked on campaign finance reform in Washington D.C. and Missouri. ACORN is targeting similar campaigns in additional states.
523 W 15th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Ph: (501) 376-7151

Brennan Center for Justice
New York University School of Law
161 Avenue of the Americas, 5th floor
New York, NY 10013

Joshua Rosenkranz, Executive Director 212-998-6730

Brookings Working Group on Campaign Finance Reform
The web site includes discussion groups on congressional campaign finance reform. Anyone may participate in the discussion.
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 797-6105

California Voter Foundation
The California Voter Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shaping a more informed and engaged electorate by emphasizing the use of new technologies.
Kim Alexander, President
California Voter Foundation
phone: 916-325-2120
2401 L Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95816

Campaign Finance Reform: Strategies for Success
The League of Women Voters Education Fund aims to build the capacity of state and local Leagues in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to reform financing of election on both the state and federal levels. The site includes reports and links to the League's "5 Ideas for Practical Campaign Reform."

Center for Governmental Studies/ The Democracy Network.
A research organization that studies campaign finance at the state and local levels, the Center, also runs the Democracy Network, which provides a forum for citizens, public officials and candidates to discuss local, state and national issues. It will al so furnish campaign finance information for the local, state and national candidates, elected officials and ballot measures on the system.
10951 West Pico Blvd., Suite 206
Ph: (310) 470-6590

Center for Media & Democracy
The Center publishes a newsletter that tracks the influence of the public relations industry.
3318 Gregory Street
Madison, WI 53711
Ph: (608) 233-3346

Center for Investigative Reporting
The Center will be producing a documentary about the role of money in presidential politics.
568 Howard Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 95105-3008
Ph: (415)543-1200

Center for Public Integrity
This research organization focuses on government and ethics and public policy. The Center's studies include topics such as the "revolving door" behavior of U.S. trade officials to the influence of lobbying on the health care reform debate. Its site offers reports and databases for downloading.
1634 I St., NW, Suite 902
Washington, DC 20006
Ph: (202) 783-3900

Center for Responsive Politics
The Center specializes in the study of the role that money plays in federal elections and actions. Databases, its reports and other information are available on its web site.
1320 19th St., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 857-0044

Citizen Action
Citizen Action works for public financing of elections at the national, state, and local levels. The organization publishes research on the connections between campaign contributions and public policy. They have reports on contributions by the health and insurance industry, large individual donors, the oil and gas industry, and the chemical industry.
1730 Rhode Island Ave., Suite 403
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 775-1580

Citizens Action Coalition Education Fund
3951 N. Meridian Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46208

John Cardwell, Program Director 317-921-1120
Julia Vaughn, Campaign Finance Issues Coordinator 317-921-1120

Citizen Advocacy Center
P.O. Box 420
Elmhurst, IL 60126-0420

Theresa Amato, Executive Director 630-833-4080

Citizens Policy Center
The Citizens Policy Center runs the Ohio Open Secrets Project, which promotes financial disclosure.
P.O. Box 8
Dover, OH 44622

Laura Yeomans, Research Director 330-343-9588
50 Pubic Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
Rae Laufenberger, Campaign Finance Organizer 216-861-5200

Common Cause
Common Cause is non-partisan citizens' organization that lobbies for campaign finance reform, tracks congressional candidates' campaign finance activities, and researches related matters. This information is available through its web site.
Ann McBride, President
1250 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 833-1200
For more information, contact Jeff Cronin

Committee for the Study of the American Electorate
Topics studied by the Committee include campaign finance issues and voter turnout. It also compiles statistics from election data.
Curtis Gans, Director

3201 New Mexico Ave., NW, Suite 395
Washington, DC 20016-8026
Ph: (202) 885-6295

Digital Sunlight
The California Voter Foundation's site advocating access to data through electronic filing

Diocesan Social Action Office
Catholic Commission
P.O. Box 434
Akron, OH 44309

Thomas Allio, Director 330-535-2787

Environmental Working Group
The Environmental Working Group helps environmental groups understand how to use campaign contribution data and educate the public about campaign finance reform.
1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, #600
Washington, DC 20009
Ph: (202) 667-6982

Environmental Research Foundation
The Environmental Research Foundation organizes workshops on money in politics for grassroots environmentalists.
PO Box 5036
Annapolis, MD 21403
Ph: (410) 263-1584

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Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
208. S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2059
Chicago, IL 60603

Cynthia Canary, Director 312-621-9050
James Kales, Coordinator 312-621-9050

Institute for Government and Public Affairs
University of Illinois at Springfield
PAC 472, PO Box 19243

Springfield, IL 62794-9243
Kent Redfield, Prof of Political Studies 217-786-6574

The League of Women Voters Education Fund
The League of Women Voters Education Fund aims to build the capacity of state and local Leagues in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to reform financing of election on both the state and federal levels. The site includes reports and li nks to the League's "5 Ideas for Practical Campaign Reform."
1730 M St., NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 429-1965
Dr. Robert F. Rich, Director, 217-244-8550
Elizabeth Kraft, Assistant Director 202-429-1965
Matt Farrey, Program Manager, Election Services 202-429-1965
Becky Cain, President 202-429-1965

Michigan Citizens Fund
721 North Capitol, Suite 3
Lansing, MI 48906

Linda Teeter, Director 517-267-8246
Heidi Zabik 517-267-8246

Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action
1821 University Avenue, Suite 307-South
St. Paul, MN 55104

David Mann, Executive Director 612-641-4050
Ellen Weiss, Research Director 612-641-4050

National Association of Business PACS
(The organization's web site should be up by May 15, 1998.)
The association promotes the efficient and professional operations of PACs. It has recommended reforms and opposes limits and bans on PACS.
901 North Stuart Street, Suite 750
Arlington, VA 22203
Ph: 703-516-4708
Curt Hollman Steven F. Stockmeyer, Senior Legislative Consultant and Spokesperson

National Resource Center for State and Local Campaign Finance Reform
Part of the Center for Governmental Studies, the resource center is a national non-profit reserach organization that focues on state and local campaign finance reform.
Center for Governmental Studies
10951 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Ph: 310-470-6590
Robert Stern, Director
Craig Holman, Project Director

The National Voting Rights Institute
The Institute is focused on bringing a series of first-ever court challenges to the constitutionality of the private financing of public elections at all levels. Legal briefs as well as information about its litigation and education projects are available on its site.
294 Washington Street, Suite 713
Boston, MA 02108
Ph: (617) 368-9100
Fax: (617) 368-9101

Nonprofit Advocacy Counsel
Alliance for Justice
2000 P. Street, NW Suite 712
Washington, DC 20036

Donna Euben 202-822-6070

Ohio Citizen Action
Databases of Ohio money in politics.

Peace and Justice Office
Chicago Catholic Archdiocese
155 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60611

Denise Debelle 312-751-8390

Project Vote Smart (Center for National Independence in Politics)
Project Vote Smart provides information about candidates, elected officials, and the political process. Voting records, campaign finance data, performance evaluations by special interests, biographical and professional backgrounds, addresses and phone numbers, and other information is available through its web site.
Congressional Snapshots provides newspapers and radio stations with a candidates' voting records and positions on popular issues.
Call (541) 754-2746.
The Reporter's Resource Center provides free research assistance on 13,000 candidates and elected officials. Also available for free are The Vote Smart Yellow Pages and The Reporter's Sourcebook
Call (541) 737-4000
To order The U.S. Government: Owner's Manual, call 1-800-622-SMART
129 NW 4th St., Suite 204
Corvallis, OR 97330
Ph: (541) 754-2746

Protestants for the Common Good
200 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 502
Chicago, IL 60601

Alexander Sharp, Executive Director 312-223-9544
Jonathan Krogh , Deputy Director 312-233-9544

Public Campaign
A non-partisan organization focusing on campaign finance reform.
1320 19th Street NW, Suite M1 Washington, DC 20036 Ph: 202-293-0222 Ellen S. Miller, Executive Director Jodi Silverman, Communications Director Public Citizen
A non-partisan consumer advocacy organization that monitors and lobbies Congress on reforms including disclosure of lobbying expenditures, ending congressional perks and privileges, and campaign finance reform. Reports, press releases and other informatio n are available on its site.
1600 20th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ph: (202) 588-1000
Nick Nyhart, National Field Director 202-293-0222

The Right-to-Know Network
The Right-to-Know Network (RTK NET) is a service provided by OMB Watch provides free access to numerous environmental databases.
1742 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ph: (202) 234-8494
Fax: (202) 234-8584

Rockefeller Institute of Government, Center for Legislative Studies
The Rockefeller Institute of Government is running a two-year study of state and municipal campaign finance reforms and their effects on candidate recruitment, political competition and the allocation of campaign funds among candidates.
Michael Malbin
State University of New York
411 State Street
Albany, NY 12203-1003
Ph: (518) 443-5522

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club provides information on issues related to federal campaign finance reform and environmental policy.
408 C Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Ph: (202) 547-1141

State Public Interest Research Groups
The State PIRGs work on numerous democracy issues - Campaign Finance, Congressional Scorecards, and PAC Reports to name a few. Its democracy pages feature extensive fact sheets, reports, and action alerts.
29 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111-1350
Ph: (617) 292-4800

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)
The "Taking Back Government" section of PIRG's site offers voting records of U.S. senators and representatives, its position and reports on campaign finance reform, and e-mail "action alerts" on topics of your choice.
218 D St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Ph: (202) 546-9707

Virginia Public Access Project
Virginia candidate disclosure information in an electronic format

The Viginian-Pilot
Database of campaign contributions in Virginia

Wisconsin Citizen Action Fund
152 West Wisconsin, #308
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Larry Marx, Executive Director 414-272-8119
Roger Bybee, Communications Coordinator 414-272-8119

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Search database of contributions to Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates as well as legislative and gubernatorial finance reports.
16 North Carroll Street, Suite 310
Madison, WI 53703

Gail Shea, Executive Director 608-255-4260
Michael Jacob, Outreach Director 608-255-4260

Working Group on Electoral Democracy
An association of grassroots activists and researchers committed to the idea that public elections should be publicly financed. For literature contact Marty Jezer at 70 Washington St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.
4144 Lindell Blvd., Suite 504
St. Louis, MO 63108
Ph: (314) 531-9630