Protect Democracy

Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit with an urgent mission: to prevent our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. We do this by holding the President and the Executive Branch accountable to the laws and longstanding practices that have protected our democracy through both Democratic and Republican Administrations. We have seen an unprecedented tide of authoritarian-style politics sweep the country that is fundamentally at odds with the Bill of Rights, the constitutional limitations on the role of the President, and the laws and unwritten norms that prevent overreach and abuse of power. The only limits to prevent a slide away from our democratic traditions will be those that are imposed by the Courts, Congress, and the American people.


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One Among Equals

10/1/18  //  Commentary

There are three fundamental limits on the President's pardon power

Election Equipment Vendors Play a Key, and Underexamined, Role in U.S. Democracy

9/17/18  //  Commentary

A major effort to bar independent research into the efficacy and security of American voting equipment is underway right now.

Why Rudy Giuliani’s Bar Registration Should Be Revoked

8/27/18  //  Commentary

Giuliani has egregiously failed to uphold professional ethics and has done so in ways that harm our democracy.

The Trump Administration’s Newest Target: Administrative Law Judges

7/30/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Trump Administration is changing the rules around hiring and firing of Administrative Law Judges, and is doing so in disturbing ways.

Trump's Politicization of Law Enforcement is Authoritarian in Nature

3/9/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

Trump’s actions to quash the independence of federal law enforcement mirror the approach of autocratic leaders around the globe.

Trump’s War On the Courts is a War on Democracy Itself

2/28/18  //  Commentary

Efforts to purge or delegitimize courts following rulings against government officials or their political party is a hallmark authoritarian move.