Democracy 21 is a non-profit organization in the United States that works to remove the influence of private money from politics (see campaign finance, campaign finance reform). It was founded in 1997 by longtime activist Fred Wertheimer, and is based in Washington, DC. The group has three stated goals:
- Promoting campaign finance reforms, such as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act ban on soft money enacted in 2002 (see McCain-Feingold) reforming the Federal Election Commission and fixing the presidential public financing system;
- Ensuring that BCRA and the nation’s other campaign finance laws are effectively implemented and enforced; and
- Defending campaign finance laws in the courts.