New America

For Support Of The Market For Power Program Addressing Money In Politics Issues

  • Amount
    $400,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    7/14/2014
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Overview
The New America Foundation has long diagnosed a fundamental failing in the American political process—originally in the absence of ideas that don’t fit established partisan agendas, and later in the political system’s failure to engage with long-term priorities. The New America Foundation has incubated key ideas to strengthen the political process, but it has not had a formal program on political reform. This grant would support the Foundation, led by senior fellow Mark Schmitt, to launch a program aimed at understanding the "market for power" in US politics. This work would examine not only the influence of money in politics, but also broader factors influencing the structure of elections and legislative institutions.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.newamerica.net 
Address
740 15th St., NW, Unit 900
Washington, DC 20005
Grants to this Grantee
for bridging open education and equity in preK-12 districts  
New America is a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to renewing America by confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change and seizing the opportunities those changes create. New America’s Education Policy program will undertake a three-year project to report on and promote the development of inclusive teaching and learning that combines OER and culturally responsive teaching methods; conduct policy analysis on this topic; and disseminate stories and recommendations on a national level. This grant serves key goals for the Education Program and the Open Education Strategy, including developing pedagogy, practice, and a more inclusive and responsive field. (Substrategy: Systems.)
for support of the Political Reform program  
New America’s Political Reform program aims to expand the public conversation aboutAmerican democracy and introduce new ideas through research, convenings, new voices, andaccessible analysis. The program’s approach is grounded in a recognition that politicalreforms are refracted through the realities of political culture, participation, and power. The program’s work is organized around three initiatives: structural reform (such as ranked choice voting and money in politics), civic engagement, and the politics of policy. Approaching reform as a complex system, the program is distinctively able to envision a path toward civic awakening in the next decade. (Strategy: Improving Campaigns and Elections)

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