Citizens Union

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Citizens Union
Motto Making Democracy Work For All New Yorkers
Formation 1897
Purpose Good government
Headquarters New York City
Executive Director
Dick Dadey

Citizens Union is one of the United States' first good government groups. Founded in 1897 as a political party, the group was reconstituted in 1908 as a non-partisan member organization with the broad mission of serving "as a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for the common good".[1][2]

Citizens Union was founded by New York City citizens concerned about the growing influence of the Democratic Party political machine Tammany Hall. The organization helped to elect New York's first reform Mayor, Seth Low,[3] in 1901. Today, Citizens Union continues to act as a government watchdog organization, with campaigns that focus on voting rights and poll workers, campaign finance reform and government accountability. Citizens Union's current Executive Director is Dick Dadey.

Citizens Union Foundation, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Citizens Union, publishes Gotham Gazette.


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