Civic Engagement and Democracy

Clean Water Action harnesses the grassroots power of our membership by endorsing in elections from the local to national level to elect progressive environmental champions who will work to protect clean water and fight climate change

US Capitol Building at sunrise. Photo credit: trekandshoot/Shutterstock

2016 Scorecard - 114th Congress

Commonsense public health and environmental protections have been under attack by anti-environment, anti-regulation Congresses since 2011.

US Capitol Building at sunrise. Photo credit: trekandshoot/Shutterstock

Winning Elections for Our Water

Since 2006, Clean Water Action has endorsed 1,715 candidates, helping 1,208 (70%) win their races.

Oil and Gas Money is Choking our Democracy

Get Money Out of Politics Today!

The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.

From We All Live Downstream

September 16, 2019

On September 16, the Baltimore City Council's Judiciary Committee has its hearing on the Baltimore Fair Elections Fund, important legislation to level the playing field for candidates hoping to win local offices in Baltimore. Clean Water Action supports initiatives like this that make our democracy work and help people speak out against developers and polluting industries. Read our testimony below!

 

September 16, 2019

 

Dear Baltimore City Council Judiciary Committee,

 

Overturn Citizen's United
August 30, 2019

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unleashed a flood. It opened the door to unlimited dark money into our politics. We’ve been dealing with the impacts ever since.

But there is hope for change.

800 cities and towns, and 20 states are calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. That represents 141 million Americans, 46% of the U.S. population. Popular support is overwhleming -- the debate over the idea of overturning Citizens United should be over.

Now it’s time to win, period.

Rooftop solar panel. photo: istock.com
July 17, 2019

How did you feel when you heard the recent news about EPA caving to big polluters and scrapping the Clean Power Plan pollution rules launched during the Obama Administration? Most of the reporting focused on the horrible climate and air pollution impacts, but the harmful water impacts will be equally severe.