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Public Policy
and Watchdog Organizations

Pittsburgh Region

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Greater Pittsburgh Chapter
    The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter serves Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties.
  • Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Pittsburgh Office
    Offers leadership programs that provide hands-on training in Public Affairs
  • League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh
    The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh (LWVGP), serving Allegheny County in southwestern Pennsylvania, is a part of the League of Women of the United States(LWVUS) and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy
    Formerly the Center for Women in Politics in Pennsylvania
    Founded at Chatham College in 1998, the center seeks to affect public policy to improve the status and impact of women in western Pennsylvania and throughout the state.
  • University of Pittsburgh Community and Governmental Relations
    CGR is the University's principal source of information on governmental matters and is the institutional point of contact for the federal government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh and community organizations in neighborhoods adjacent to the Pittsburgh Campus.
  • University of Pittsburgh, Institute of Politics
    The Institute of Politics is an independent, community supported and non-partisan source of educational programs and services for elected officials as well as other civic, non-profit organization, business and foundation leaders. Operating under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh, the Institute creates and encourages opportunities for faculty, students and the broader community to join these leaders in the examination and discussion of difficult public policy questions.


  • American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU)
    The ACLU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and protecting individual rights and personal freedoms, preserving and promoting civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law.
  • Commonwealth Foundation
    "The Commonwealth Foundation crafts free-market policies, convinces Pennsylvanians of their benefits, and counters attacks on liberty." Current policy topics are Pennsylvania State Budget, School Choice, Welfare, Criminal Justice, Public Employee Pensions and Benefits.
  • Democracy Rising Pennsylvania
    Democracy Rising PA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2004 by Tim Potts and Kathleen Daugherty. They limit their work to citizen education, research, and advocacy for laws and Constitutional provisions that will make Pennsylvania the "Best-in-America" model for representative democracy.
  • Keystone Research Center
    A liberal Harrisburg think tank that conducts research on Pennsylvania economy and civic institutions. This research documents current conditions and seeks to define innovative public policy proposals that would expand economic opportunity and improve quality of life in Pennsylvania.
  • League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
    Provides information on government in Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations
    An association of professional lobbyists.
  • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
    A statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1987 to promote the reform of Pennsylvania's judicial system.

United States

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    "The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country."
  • American Library Association's Washington Office
    The ALA advocacy group in Washington DC.
  • American Library Association Government Documents Roundtable
    One of their purposes is to provide a force for initiating and supporting programs to increase availability, use and bibliographic control of government documents.
  • The American Prospect (TAP)
    An online magazine offering articles and features that present a practical and convincing vision of liberal and progressivie philosophy, politics, and public life."
  • Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania
    Offers many websites for educating youth on government and justice
  • The Cato Institute
    Promoting public policy based on limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace.
  • Federal Election Commission (FEC)
    Created in 1075 by Congress, the duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
  • Freedom Forum
    a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The foundation pursues its priorities through conferences, educational activities, publishing, broadcasting, online services, fellowships, partnerships, training, research and other programs.
  • is an independent website that brings together information about the United States Congress, tracking the status of federal legislation and the activities of your senators and representatives. GovTrack was created by Joshua Tauberer in 2004 and gets its information from a variety of government websites, primarily THOMAS, on a daily basis.
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
    the professional and educational organization representing appointed managers and administrators in local governments throughout the world
  • Media Research Center
    "Bringing Political Balance to the Media". Founded by L. Brent Bozell III in 1987 with a mission to bring political balance to the nation's news and entertainment media, the Media Research Center has become the nation's largest and most respected conservative media watchdog organization.
  • National Center for Policy Analysis: Idea House
    established in 1983 in an effort to provide policy makers with timely, detailed and accurate information about the impact of proposed policies and legislation.
    "Your guide to money in the Money in U.S. Elections." This is the website of the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. At their website you can check out the largest donors and to whom they donated.
  • CEO Pay and the 99%
    This site from the AFL-CIO tracks CEO and worker pay disparities. The ratio of CEO-to-worker pay between CEOs of the S&P 500 Index companies and U.S. workers widened to 380 times in 2011 from 343 times in 2010 and 42 times in 1980.
  • United for a Fair Economy
    United for a Fair Economy was founded as a "movement support" organization to provide media capacity, face-to-face economic literacy education, and training resources to organizations and individuals who work to address the widening income and asset gap in our country.