Expertise: Elections, voting rights, voter registration, money in politics, campaign finance reform

Liz Kennedy is the Director of Democracy and Government Reform at American Progress. Previously, she served as counsel and campaign strategist at Demos, working on voting rights, money in politics, and corporate accountability. She worked to expand political participation by eliminating barriers to voting and empowering voters; to increase transparency and accountability for money in politics to fight corruption of democratic government; and to fulfill America’s promise of political equality. Kennedy has authored or co-authored numerous papers, such as “Automatic Voter Registration: Finding American’s Missing Voters,” “Top 5 Ways Citizens United Harms Democracy & Top 5 Ways We’re Fighting to Take Democracy Back,” “Millions to the Polls: Practical Policies to Fulfill the Freedom to Vote for All Americans,” “The Racial Equity Impact of Secret Corporate Political Spending by Government Contractors,” “Bullies at the Ballot Box: Protecting the Freedom to Vote Against Wrongful Challenges and Intimidation,” “Stop the Next Citizens United: McCutcheon v. FEC and the Crisis of Confidence in American Democracy,” “Democracy at Stake: Protecting Democracy in the Super PAC Era,” and “Citizens Actually United: The Bi-Partisan Opposition to Corporate Political Spending and Support for Common Sense Reform.”

Prior to joining Demos, Kennedy was an attorney in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, working on issues of money in politics and democratic accountability. Kennedy was deputy director of voter protection for President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in Ohio; has represented unions in industrial bankruptcy cases; and was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Before law school, she spent several years running campaigns as a student organizer and canvass director with the Public Interest Research Group.

Kennedy frequently speaks on panels and at conferences, testifies in legislatures, and appears on radio and television, including “All In with Chris Hayes,” “Melissa Harris-Perry,” and “Up” with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC; Al Jazeera; Arise News; and Regional News Network. Her writing and commentary has appeared in The American Prospect, Salon, U.S. News & World Report, Guernica magazine, BillMoyers.com, The Huffington Post, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Human Rights magazine, the Boston Herald, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Hill’s Congress Blog, and the National Civic Review. Kennedy is a native of Brooklyn, New York, graduated with a B.A. in Government from Smith College, and received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law, graduating cum laude.

By Liz Kennedy
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Drain the SwampCenter for American ProgressJanuary 5, 2017
Congress Tries to Kill Independent Ethics Watchdog, Americans Fight BackCenter for American ProgressJanuary 4, 2017
Trump’s Dangerous, Unprecedented, and Unconstitutional Conflicts of InterestCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2016
Redistricting and RepresentationCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2016
Americans Demand Democracy at the PollsCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2016
Voter Fraud Isn’t Real—But Voter Suppression Is a Grave DangerCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2016
Voter Suppression Laws Cost Americans Their Voices at the PollsCenter for American ProgressNovember 11, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: PennsylvaniaCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: ArizonaCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2016
Redistricting and Representation in the 2016 Elections and BeyondCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2016
Federal Judge: Wisconsin Shows ‘Disturbing Pattern’ of Failing to Provide Access to the BallotCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: North CarolinaCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: OhioCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: FloridaCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2016
Protecting the Right to Vote in the 2016 ElectionsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: WisconsinCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2016
Oregon’s Success Shows Way Forward for Automatic Voter RegistrationCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2016
Voting rights for allThe Baltimore SunApril 22, 2016
Americans Need a Government That Works for AllInsideSourcesApril 15, 2016