Restoring Social Trust in Democracy

Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must act to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.

A voting rights activist dresses as "Ms. Liberty," August 2021. (Getty/Alex Wong)

What We're Doing

Increasing representation and access to our democracy

All Americans must have trust in elections and election results. All Americans also must have unimpeded access to the ballot box. That is why national voting standards are so important, along with laws that would protect against interference with valid election results.

Combating the spread of harmful dis- and misinformation

Disinformation, whether about COVID-19 or elections, undermines Americans’ safety and threatens our democracy. We seek to define the government’s role in combating it, give recommendations to online platforms to stem its spread, and support robust local media that can counter its worst effects.

Building a new framework to regulate online services

Americans’ lives are increasingly reliant on online services and affected by their economic, consumer, and civic harms. A robust regulatory framework, paired with new privacy protections and reinvigorated antitrust action, is needed to address the threats these services pose.

Countering violent political extremism

Countering insurgent threats is critical to maintaining our democracy. As part of this work, we have crafted a national blueprint with the McCain Institute to end white supremacist violence. Our plan draws on expertise across CAP and from more than 150 conversations with a diverse range of stakeholders.

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By the numbers

59

Gerrymandering shifted an average of 59 seats in the U.S. House from 2012 to 2016.

Source: CAP, “Voter-Determined Districts” (2019).

1 in 10

42 senators, representing only about 1/10 of the U.S. population, can filibuster popular bills.

Source: CAP, “The Impact of the Filibuster on Federal Policymaking” (2019).

30%

The U.S. population has grown by about 30% since the federal bench’s last meaningful expansion.

Source: CAP, “It Is Past Time for Congress To Expand the Lower Courts” (2021).

81%

81% of voters believe tech companies have too much power and influence over politics and government.

Source: CAP Action, “Voters Support Enacting Stronger Consumer Protections Online” (2021).

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Select Committee Democrats: A Smart and Confident U.S.-China Policy Past Event

Select Committee Democrats: A Smart and Confident U.S.-China Policy

Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a discussion on how Democratic policymakers are advancing a vision of democracy and stability in the Indo-Pacific that will help the American public.

2023 Creator Programming Debrief Past Event
Subway riders check their phones as a train arrives in New York City on January 8, 2016. (Getty/Richard B. Levine)

2023 Creator Programming Debrief

Join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a series of discussions with digital experts from across the progressive movement exploring how political organizations have forged effective partnerships with content creators and how we can adapt to a rapidly changing digital media environment in the years ahead.

Los republicanos sumergen a la Cámara en caos sin fin en vista In the News

Los republicanos sumergen a la Cámara en caos sin fin en vista

En un op-ed en El Tiempo Latino, Gaby Blanco escribe de la amenaza de un cierre del gobierno y cómo los republicanos mas extremistas de la Cámara siguen en su ruta extrema y caótica.

El Tiempo Latino

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Rep. Andy Levin on the Labor Movement and MAGA Republican Disarray Podcast

Rep. Andy Levin on the Labor Movement and MAGA Republican Disarray

Former Rep. Andy Levin, a distinguished senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, joins the show to discuss the historic removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House, the policy agenda of the far right, and the labor movement.

CAP Action’s Navin Nayak on the Looming Government Shutdown and MAGA Extremism Podcast

CAP Action’s Navin Nayak on the Looming Government Shutdown and MAGA Extremism

Navin Nayak, president and executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, joins the show to discuss this week’s Republican presidential debates and the threat of a government shutdown.

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