The Committee of Seventy was established to improve the voting process, combat corruption, and engage citizens in the democratic process. We are the only independent, nonpartisan organization in the region pursuing these goals — and the oldest and largest in Pennsylvania.
Changing the Influence of Money in Politics
Money in politics threatens our democracy. Over the years, Seventy has been dedicated to reforming campaign finance and political spending in Philadelphia.
Through Seventy’s efforts, Philadelphia’s elected officials and employees can no longer accept cash gifts, receive ultra-rich pension bonuses, or obtain limitless campaign contributions. Taxpayers also have online access to information about officials’ outside sources of income and now know who is lobbying Philadelphia politicians and how much they’re spending — all of which sharply reduce corruption in Philadelphia.
America doesn’t work if people can’t vote. Seventy has been a champion of voters since our inception. Whether we’re preparing voters for changes to election laws such as the Voter ID Coalition in 2011 and mail-in voting in 2020, or overhauling the way Philly runs their elections after widespread disenfranchisement in 2012 — we are, and forever will be, on the side of the voter.
From informing voters and helping them cast their ballot amid a pandemic with our WeVote campaign, to working with election administrators to recruit, train and prepare poll workers for an unprecedented election — Seventy was a guiding force in one of the most significant elections in Pennsylvania history.
We educated more than 17,000 voters about voting by mail and new voting machines, partnered with more than 100 major employers, non-profits, and community organizations to reach more than a million voters, and helped recruit more than 20,000 poll workers to serve communities on election day. As a result of our hard work, we helped drive record-setting voter turnout across the state and made sure that election boards in Philadelphia and the Commonwealth were fully staffed for the first time — ever.
Why Every Vote Counts
The Importance of Fair Elections