Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, it has become clear that issues of environmental protection, democratic participation, and money in politics are inseparable. In 2015, LCVEF expanded our civic engagement program to include the Democracy Project, which focuses on voters’ rights and reducing the influence of polluter money in politics. LCVEF is taking the institutional knowledge gained from our years of successful advocacy efforts and participation in national coalitions, such as the Democracy Initiative for a fair and open democracy, to inform the active role we take in advancing solutions.
LCVEF has been central in developing a national program called the Fight Forward Campaign, a first-of-its-kind, multi-faceted model legislation package on voting rights that will roll out at the state level. This campaign is bringing together a diverse set of labor, environmental, and good government organizations to create a national narrative, build a base of supporters for democracy reform, and reform our system. In addition, LCVEF has helped convene a subgroup of environmental organizations within the Democracy Initiative that are seeking to develop a more sophisticated, coordinated, and unified democracy effort within the environmental movement. This will lead to better sharing of messaging, best practices, and program planning.