Our deep grassroots membership and expertise allow us to quickly and effectively bring the voice of the people to Washington to influence national policy debates.
By organizing grassroots campaigns driven by smart policy insight and strategy, Demand Progress works to achieve the most change and best outcomes possible for ordinary people.
We bring together large and diverse coalitions that transcend political lines and embrace shared values around civil liberties, civil rights, and government reform.
We focus on:
From free expression and privacy to the ability to connect and organize, Internet freedom is where some of the most consequential civil liberties developments of the day are unfolding.
An open and accountable government is essential for a well-functioning democracy, and smart use of technology is key to making our modern democracy work.
Money-in-politics and financial reform
Through Rootstrikers.org, we work to eliminate the corrupting influence of big money in politics and reform the financial system in order to ensure our democracy is for everyone, not a tool for wealthy interests to rig the game.
Demand Progress was born in late 2010 with an online petition and alliance-building campaign that eventually helped defeat the infamous Internet censorship bill known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.
In the aftermath of the historic campaign against SOPA, Demand Progress helped lead efforts to successfully block online surveillance bills such as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Demand Progress has also helped lead the public push for reform of surveillance practices at the hands of the National Security Agency — in 2014, Demand Progress was the lead organizer of The Day We Fight Back, and in 2015, Demand Progress organized SunsetThePatriotAct.com. Through these and other efforts Demand Progress drove more than 130,000 phone calls and 1.8 million emails to Congress, and organized dozens of meetings across the country between constituents and their lawmakers in support of surveillance reform.
All the while, Demand Progress has contended with the fallout from the unjust prosecution of its cofounder Aaron Swartz, and with the aftermath of Aaron’s tragic suicide. Demand Progress has fought for a modicum of justice for Aaron by seeking to reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the law under which Aaron was prosecuted. Through its advocacy, Demand Progress has prevented the expansion of the CFAA.
Demand Progress has also been a leader in the campaign for Net Neutrality. Over the course of a year, Demand Progress members took more than four million actions in support of Net Neutrality, and Demand Progress helped organize the Internet Slowdown Day in the fall of 2014, which drove over 700,000 comments to the FCC and nearly 300,000 calls, and two million emails to Congress in a single day.
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The following are the organizations or entities that have donated $50,000 or more in 2017 to Demand Progress, a 501(c)(3) project of the New Venture Fund, and Demand Progress Action, a 501(c)(4) project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund.
Total contributions for Demand Progress were $527,000; total contributions for Demand Progress Action were $1,395,000.
Ford Foundation — $200,000
Democracy Fund — $100,000
Media Democracy Fund — $90,000
Arca — $75,000
Demand Progress Action
Contributions from individuals — $706,000
Voqal — $170,000
Open Society Policy Center — $150,000
Democracy Fund Voice — $100,000
Netflix — $50,000