Represented election workers, voters, and a postal inspector who were defamed and terrorized as part of the Big Lie conspiracy theory, and helped them spotlight the human cost of disinformation.
Democratic decisionmaking requires a shared reality based on facts.
Without shared facts, citizens in a democracy cannot trust each other or our political leaders, or make informed voting decisions that hold our representatives accountable.
Today in the United States, the unmitigated spread of disinformation — false information deliberately spread by bad-faith actors — threatens to make too many of us apathetic, or even actively hostile, towards democratic institutions and one another.
But we have powerful tools to help stop disinformation and those who intentionally spread it. Together, we can create a healthier political discourse based on shared facts, genuine disagreement, and honest differences of opinion.
- Deter the spread of election-, voting-, and other democracy-related disinformation through litigation and other tools.
- Neutralize the biases in our information ecosystem that allow disinformation to spread more easily than facts.
- Disrupt the feedback loop that pushes elected officials toward enacting disinformation-driven policy.
Produced research to help communities of color cope with the unique disinformation challenges they face, centering their voices, experiences, and expertise across these solutions.
Impact in the News
Shaye Moss receives the JFK Library Foundation’s Profile in Courage Award Shaye Moss
Electoral Confusion: Contending with Structural Disinformation in Communities of Color
Research from Professor Samuel Woolley in partnership with Protect Democracy exploring the threat that election disinformation poses to communities of color and how to mitigate its effects.
Mark Andrews v. Dinesh D’Souza et al.
Protect Democracy and its partners filed suit against the makers and promoters of the election lie-hyping film 2000 Mules.
Ruby Freeman & Wandrea Moss v. Gateway Pundit et al.
Protect Democracy represents Ruby Freeman and Wandrea Moss, who served as election workers in Fulton County, Georgia during the 2020 election.
Ruby Freeman & Wandrea Moss v. Rudolph Giuliani
Ruby Freeman and Wandrea Moss filed a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani claiming he knowingly disseminated false information about their work on the 2020 election.
Honeyfund v. DeSantis
Litigation challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s HB 7, the Stop WOKE Act.
Weisenbach v. Project Veritas et al.
Protect Democracy, represents Erie, Pennsylvania postmaster Robert Weisenbach in a defamation lawsuit against Project Veritas and others.
Denson v. Trump Campaign
Class-action lawsuit against the Trump campaign over its use of sweeping nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses (“NDAs”) to bar speech about the former president and his family members.