Partnership for Public Accountability

For democracies to work, elected leaders need to be responsive and representative, and voters must be able to hold elected officials accountable for results. Democratic integrity requires an electoral process that empowers voters and gives candidates and incumbents the incentives to listen and lead. It requires transparency throughout the government so voters have an accurate understanding of public decisions and the results of public programs.

CA Fwd has been a strong advocate for citizens redistricting, top-two primary and term limit reform, and believes these reforms have reduced partisan gridlock and encouraged bipartisan compromises. CA Fwd is an active partner in the Future of California Elections coalition to improve the administration of elections, as well as in legislative reforms to the citizen's initiative process. CA Fwd advocated for a simple majority vote to pass a state budget and for performance metrics for state programs. CA Fwd supported the effort to place open meeting and public record laws in the state constitution. And CA Fwd has worked with government agencies and associations to expand access to public data, including a CA Fwd data portal on local governments.


In 2019, CA Fwd became a member of the Bridge Alliance, a broad coalition dedicated to engaging citizens in the political process, working with our civic leaders to face tough challenges, and promoting respectful, civil discourse.

The 50 State Solution was project to capture and link state-based reform work from around the country being done to break partisan gridlock and create a more responsive government.

In 2018, New America launched the Laboratories of Democracy Database, which was based on The 50 State Solution project and expanded the platform for sharing information and ideas about reform based on state and local-level experimentation.

The best shot at fixing our broken political system in the near term will be at the state and city levels, where citizen action, and new technologies and making government more representative, responsive and transparent.

The 50 State Solution website became the connecting point for these efforts. This digital platform included:

  • A curated feed of political reform news
  • A blog for original stories and commentary
  • A shared calendar for events focused reform topics

Most importantly, the site offered the State of the Field interactive resource displaying the status of reforms on a state-by-state basis in four key issue areas:

  • Redistricting
  • Voting Process
  • Primary Process
  • Campaign Finance and Disclosure

Political Reform Act Revision Project: A partnership between the Fair Political Practices Commission, UC Berkeley School of Law, UC Davis School of Law, and CA Fwd to modernize and streamline California's landmark ethics law. READ MORE



Election Funding Project: California Forward completed a project to explore strategies to improve cooperation between California's state and local governments on the issue of funding election administration. READ MORE


Cal-Access Working Group: The Cal-Access Working Group is a coalition of public, private, and non-profit organizations coming together with a common mission: modernizing California’s campaign finance and lobbying disclosure system. READ MORE

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