Secured a nationwide injunction blocking border wall construction without congressional approval and helped enact power of the purse legislation to ensure future presidents cannot circumvent Congress.
Would-be authoritarians often abuse their power, using it to eliminate checks and balances, quash dissent, target already marginalized communities, and deepen political divisions.
The Constitution and the laws we have built around it provide tools to constrain authoritarian behavior. But many of the norms and guardrails that help define our democracy are not written into law and are not self-enforcing. Together these restraints must be exercised (and strengthened) to prevent government officials from abusing their power and to ensure the law applies equally to everyone, from the most powerful to the least.
- Uphold the principle that nobody is above the law.
- Ensure accountability for those who have attacked or undermined our democracy — regardless of their political standing.
- Ensure meaningful checks and balances on executive power.
- Stop abuses that target marginalized groups and their ability to participate in democracy.
- Protect the ability of the public and the press to voice dissenting views.
- Protect independent, non-politicized law enforcement and civil servant workforces.
Helped prevent a sitting president from politicizing the Department of Justice to interfere in an election, in part through a multi-year campaign organizing thousands of Department of Justice alumni.
Impact in the News
How to assess the difference between a political investigation and one bolstered by the rule of law.
May 9, 2023
The bipartisan ARTICLE ONE Act (H.R.3988/S.1912) would establish a necessary, meaningful check on the president’s use of emergency powers.
June 14, 2023
An overview of the democracy reform legislation passed in the 117th Congress
January 4, 2023
A comprehensive overview of the provisions of the Protecting Our Democracy Act (PODA) and the support for those provisions
November 1, 2022
An overview of the reforms in the National Security Powers Act and National Security Reforms and Accountability Act
October 31, 2022
A core tenant of our democracy is that no one — not even the president — is above the law.
March 20, 2021
The Security from Political Interference in Justice Act aims to help restore the longstanding norm of Justice Department independence.
October 31, 2019