Member Organizations

We are a non-partisan Coalition of organizations concerned about the role of money in our politics and our government. The Coalition is working and supporting all means of effective campaign finance reform and fair elections. Our member organizations have different perspectives for achieving that aim. Some prefer legislative remedies while others promote broad public lobbying efforts to cajole politicians into voluntary remedies. Others are focusing more locally, while some are more national in scope. As long as the efforts are promoting genuine reform of money in our political and governmental systems, we are mutually supportive of those efforts. Below are current supporting member organizations.

Americans for Democratic Action Northeast Illinois

Americans for Democratic Action is a forthright liberal voice of this nation. We work to advocate progressive stances on civil rights and liberties, social and economic justice, sensible foreign policy, and sustainable environmental policy.

Ray Pempek
312-533-6215
adanilrwp@sbcglobal.net
adaction.org
adaction.org/pages/campaigns/illinois.php

CAPOW (Citizens Act to Protect Our Water)

CAPOW is taking action to protect Chicago area water quality and public ownership. We are a non-partisan grassroots organization.

Beverley Walter
708-447-1547
protectourpublicwater.net

Common Cause – Illinois

Common Cause fights for ethics and transparency in government. You deserve a government that operates ethically and transparently, not one that uses backroom deals to cut out the true interests of the American people.

Rey Lopez-Calderon or Benjamin Singer
202-833-1200
commoncause.org/states/illinois

Chicago Area Peace Action

CAPA is a coalition of engaged citizens who share a commitment to peace through justice. We are committed to education and advocacy, to the prevention of armed aggression and to the reduction and eventual abolition of all nuclear weapons through enforceable international law.

Roxanne Assaf
847.475.3692
roxane@chipeaceaction.net
chipeaceaction.org

Communication Workers of America

CWA Political Action Fund is the political action committee for the working men and women of CWA, their families and retirees. CWA Political Action Fund informs and mobilizes union families to encourage their participation in the political process.

Grace Catania or Ron House
847-550-0797
district4.cwa-union.org

Democracy in Action Chicago (DIAC)

In recent years, we have seen significant changes in the world. The collapse of our economy, the long steady attack on middle class, the increased devastation of our environment, and the unparalleled income and wealth distribution have created a critical moment. More and more Americans are questioning how our government and our economy work and whom they serve. Democracy In Action Chicago (DIAC) is responding to this crisis. We are committed to fighting for a”People First” economy and a democracy that serves the people not corporate interests. Actions we take and issues we address are part of a long-term agenda to create the policies needed to serve and empower the people.

OUR GOAL is to rally our fellow Progressives to grow a movement of Informed, Inspired and Mobilized citizens who will not be silenced. We are a group of Chicago Area Progressives based on Chicago’s north side and northern suburbs working to:

  • Advance a Political Progressive Agenda
  • Become a resource for Progressives in the Chicagoland area
  • Plan and organize in partnership with like-minded organizations

We seek to inspire, train and mobilize our community to stay involved and take action on our five issues:

  • Countering Corporate Influence and Money in Politics
  • Economic Inequality
  • Climate Change and Environmental Degradation
  • Protecting Civil Liberties
  • Ending the Endless Wars

Andrew Rowlas
773-320-1963
adr419@yahoo.com

Anne Townley
312-927-6691
annetown27@gmail.com
democracyinactionchicago.org

Frack-Free Illinois

We advocate for a ban or moratorium on the dangerous practice of fracking and work towards stopping or slowing fracking and all of its dangerous effects in the IL General Assembly, state agencies and local governments.

Lora Chamberlain
773-486-7660
drlora2@ yahoo.com
frackfreeil.wordpress.com

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace/Justice – Kane County

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice strives to promote a culture of peace, a stronger democracy, and social and economic justice through education, dialogue and action.

Mary Shesgreen
marysedrop@att.net
847-742-1406
fvc4pnj.org

The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project

The Mission of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project is to inform and educate the public, media and government officials about important election-integrity issues and to promote the adoption of legislation and policies designed to secure the democratic process

773-338-3564
feedback@Ballot-integrity.org
ballot-integrity.org

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

ICPR is one of Illinois’ leading non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organizations working to reform Illinois campaign finance disclosures and limits, government ethics, judicial selection, and voter education.

David Melton
312-436-1274
drmelton@ilcampaign.org
ilcampaign.org

Illinois Fair Trade Coalition

The Illinois Fair Trade Coalition was formed in January of 2013 to be a voice for the people of Illinois in the global economy and to raise serious concerns about the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Josh Wise or Carson Starkey
952-818-5474
josh@citizenstrade.org
iltrade.org

Illinois PIRG

When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, Illinois PIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and well being and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposé, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation. Illinois PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.

As part of US PIRG, the Federation of State PIRGs, Illinois PIRG has worked for years to limit the influence of big money in politics. In addition to its work with the Coalition to Restore Democracy to overturn Citizen’s United, Illinois PIRG is working to pass a law through Congress establishing a small donor campaign financing system.

Dev Gowda
312-544-4433 X210
dev@illinoispirg.org

Abe Scar, Director
illinoispirg.org

Illinois Move To Amend

Move To Amend National is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests. We are calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong only to human beings, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Illinois Move To Amend is a state-wide coalition of MTA affiliates within Illinois.

Illinois Move to Amend

Kaye Gamble
630-975-8326
mkgamble@ameritech.net
illinoismovetoamend.org

Kane County Move To Amend

Kaye Gamble
630-975-8326
mkgamble@ameritech.net

NW Suburban Chapter

prairterr@yahoo.com

DuPage/Will Move To Amend

Debra Wierus-O’Neill
debwierus@gmail.com
630-248-7667

South Suburban Chicago MoveOn Council

Sue Myers
sgmyers1@att.net
815-651-7646

Northern Suburbs

Phyllis Goldman
phyllgoldman@gmail.com

Move to Amend Interfaith Caucus

MTA-IFC is an organization of faith and ethical communities united to eliminate the power of corporations to violate our deeply held beliefs and values.

Michael Greenman
624-439-4768
mgreenmanoh@gmail.com
uujec.com

MoveOn

MoveOn is a community of more than 8 million Americans from all walks of life who use innovative technology to lead, participate in, and win campaigns
for progressive change. For over 14 years, the MoveOn family of organizations have used online tools to lower the barriers to participation in our democracy, so real Americans have a voice in a political process where big money and corporate lobbyists wield too much influence.

Chicago Chapter
Evelyn Miks
ejmiks@sbcglobal.net

District 7
Paul Sakol
paulsakol@gmail.com

South Suburban MoveOn Council
Sue Myers
sgmyers1@att.net
front.moveon.org/tag/illinois/

People for the American Way

People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way.
Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.
We believe a society that reflects these constitutional principles and progressive values is worth fighting for, and we take seriously our responsibility to cultivate new generations of leaders and activists who will sustain these values for the life of this nation.
Our operational mission is to promote the American Way and defend it from attack, to build and nurture communities of support for our values, and to equip those communities to promote progressive policies, elect progressive candidates, and hold public officials accountable.

Rio Tazewell, Campaign Coordinator/Government By the People
rtazewell@pfaw.org
202-46
www.pfaw.org/issues7-4999

The People’s Lobby

The People’s Lobby is a membership organization devoted to fighting for a fair economy and a just society. We combine the traditional tools of community organizing with direct lobbying and electoral politics in order to shape legislation, elect progressive candidates, and remove elected officials who serve the interests of the 1%.

Amanda Weaver
amanda.weaver716@gmail.com
thepeopleslobbyusa.org

Open Communities

Open Communities, formerly Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs, is a nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and affordable housing in 16 northern suburbs of Chicago. Our mission is to educate, advocate and organize to promote just and inclusive communities in north suburban Chicago. We are a leading voice for housing, economic and social justice in north suburban Chicago, working to promote inclusive communities that are welcoming to all.

We work with current and prospective residents and local groups to promote economically and culturally diverse communities in north suburban Chicago. We provide fair and affordable housing counseling services, community education, advocacy, and organizing for welcoming communities.

Gail Schechter
847-501-5760
gail@opencommunities.org
interfaithhousingcenter.org

Organizing for Action chapters

OFA is an issue advocacy group formed to support the agenda a majority of Americans voted for in 2012. From issues like pushing for a better bargain for the middle class and comprehensive immigration reform to climate change and gun violence prevention, OFA is working to restore the balance of power away from the special interests and into the hands of Americans who are raising their voices in communities across the country.

NW Chapter

Bill Davis
224-241-2012
OFA.NWS@gmail.com
@NWSOFA
www.pdamerica.org

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country, but is not affiliated with the official Democratic Party. We seek to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites-with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. As a grassroots PAC, we operate “inside” the Democratic Party through our work on Capitol Hill and through some state (including Illinois) and local governments, and we operate “outside” in movements for peace and justice with dozens of coalition partners. We work towards our goals through the election of progressive candidates at all levels, a focus on issues and partnering legislation, along with grassroots actions. Our inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive principles.

Chicago Chapter

Bill Bianchi
773-935-3346

Northwest Chapter

Jeanne Dauray
pdaillinois@gmail.com
814-598-8532

Public Citizen

Public Citizen serves as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital. Since our founding in 1971, we have delved into an array of areas, but our work on each issue shares an overarching goal: To ensure that all citizens are represented in the halls of power

Aquene Fairchild
aquene@gmail.com
citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=183

RepresentUs

We are building a non-partisan movement to pass tough anti-corruption laws in cities and states across America, and end the legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics

Elizabeth Lindquist
gelindquist@gmail.com
815-543-6666
Represent.Us
represent.us/action/illinois

The Stamp Stampede

A project of People Power Initiatives, a Vermont based nonprofit organization. Our 501c3 fiscal sponsor is the International Forum on Globalization, based in San Francisco.

Ashley Lynch;
802-651-0193
Ashley.Lynch@benjerry.com
stampstampede.org

The Tenth Congressional Dist. Dems

Tenth Dems is dedicated to educating voters, active and effective political volunteers, and teaching the skills needed to run for public office.
(NOTE: Tenth Dems only participates in the coalition in non-partisan/issue-based events)

Lauren Beth Gash:
847-266-VOTE (8683)
volunteers@tenthdems.org
tenthdems.org