What is 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. While democracy spread through most of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, it has been in retreat around the world through the early days of the Twenty-First. In the United States, 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.
Who Are We?
Protect Democracy was founded in early 2017 by a group of former high-level executive branch officials who served in the White House Counsel’s Office and upper-echelons of the Department of Justice and have unique knowledge of the norms that have constrained presidential power for decades and when those in power may be tempted to violate them. Many of us have defended past presidents against legitimate oversight and illegitimate attacks, so we know how to leverage tools outside government to prevent the exploitation of power within it. Our advisers are some of the world’s leading experts who have studied how other democracies have declined in the 21st Century, and we are backed by a Harvard Law School clinic, pro bono relationships with many of the country’s leading law firms, and a cross-ideological advisory board ranging from President Obama’s former Solicitor General to former Reagan White House officials.
What Does Protect Democracy Do?
Protect Democracy has filed more than fifty legal actions to protect democratic institutions, generated a forward-looking policy agenda for restoring democratic guardrails that is already being embraced by members of Congress and candidates for the presidency, and used strategic interventions to generate hundreds of stories in the media designed to educate the public and pressure key actors on the threats facing
Read our most recent IRS Form 990 reports, for the Protect Democracy Project and United to Protect Democracy, here:
- 2017 (July-December 2017) Protect Democracy Project IRS Form 990
- 2017 (July-December 2017) United to Protect Democracy IRS Form 990
The Protect Democracy Project is a 501(c)(3), United to Protect Democracy is a 501(c)(4). Learn more about the difference.