iOS app Android app

Adam Lioz
Adam is a lawyer and policy advocate who joined Demos in November 2011. He focuses on litigation to enforce the National Voter Registration Act and end prison-based gerrymandering; and policy advocacy to promote political equality and democratic fairness through safeguarding the right to vote and curbing the influence of big money on the political process.

Prior to joining Demos, Adam worked on environmental issues with PennPIRG/PennEnvironment; promoted campaign finance reform and election administration reform for U.S. PIRG; and organized to elect progressive candidates in three election cycles with MoveOn PAC and Progressive Future (now Fair Share Alliance).

Adam has lobbied extensively in the Pennsylvania State House and U.S. Congress; written or edited more than a dozen reports on environmental and good government issues; been quoted, published, or featured in leading media outlets such as The New York Times (op-ed Mar. 2002), Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, CNN, CSPAN; and played leadership roles in grassroots electoral campaigns that have made face-to-face contact with hundreds of thousands of voters.

He recently published "Breaking the Vicious Cycle: How the Supreme Court Helped Create the Inequality Era and Why a New Jurisprudence Must Lead Us Out" in the Seton Hall Law Review.

Adam received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007 and his B.A. from Duke University in 1998.

Entries by Adam Lioz

Why Citizens United Just Scratches the Surface

(65) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 5:16 PM

Coauthored with Brenda Wright

Hillary Clinton told supporters on Thursday that if elected she will appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Citizens United, according to a Washington Post report. This is good news for our democracy -- but the Court's role in helping wealthy interests dominate politics goes far...

Read Post

Hey Citizen, Can You Spare $1,000? How About $10 Million?

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 8:50 AM

When was the last time you contributed $1,000 to a political candidate or cause?  If you’re like most people, the answer is “Never -- if I have that kind of money it’s in the college savings account.”

Well, candidates for the U.S. Senate this election got nearly 64 percent of...

Read Post

Why Republicans Weren't Excited on Super PAC Tuesday

(125) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 2:57 PM

Yesterday was Super Tuesday, an important day for American democracy when citizens of one of the major parties headed to the polls to choose their standard-bearer. Republican voters should be excited about their favorite candidate, especially since so many in the party have been demanding new leadership and a new...

Read Post

How Super PACs Are Auctioning Our Democracy to the Highest Bidder, and How We Can Fight Back

(6) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 12:14 PM

By now there's been no shortage of reporting on the tremendous influence Super PACs have had on the Republican presidential primary. From Sheldon Adelson single-handedly extending Newt Gingrich's campaign to pro-Romney Super PAC Restore our Future running more than 12,000 TV ads in Florida, their super-sized...
Read Post

Fair Share Feed... Direct from Occupy K Street in Washington, D.C.

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 3:14 AM

Last week I wrote about my experience checking out Occupy Wall Street in NY. Now, here is my colleague Sean Garren's report from Occupy K Street:

"A friend of mine, who worked with me during the '08 election period, was recently featured on MTV as one of the lead organizers...

Read Post

Fair Share Feed... Direct From Occupy Wall Street in Liberty Square, NYC

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 3:36 PM

On Thursday, 11/3 I went down to Liberty Square in New York to check out the Occupy Wall Street protest with my own eyes. It was a beautiful day, there had just been a public trial of Goldman Sachs complete with speeches by Cornel West and others, and spirits seemed...

Read Post

NRA Shoots Loophole Through Campaign Finance Proposal

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 1:13 PM

Yesterday, lead negotiators on the DISCLOSE Act announced a special carve-out that would allow the NRA--one of the nation's largest and wealthiest political actors--to avoid election spending disclosure even while accepting corporate money.

The carve-out is clearly intended only for the NRA - it appears that only a...

Read Post

Bank of America or America of the Banks?

(15) Comments | Posted January 21, 2010 | 3:39 PM

Today, with its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court rejected decades of precedent in declaring that corporations enjoy the same free speech rights as live citizens.

Thanks to the Roberts Court, mega-banks that are using billions of our bailout dollars for obscene bonuses can now use our...

Read Post

You Owe Me 30 Cents for Dinner: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish on Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2009 | 10:34 AM

Much of the debate surrounding the competing health care proposals surrounds the price tag -- whether we'll spend $1 trillion, or $800 billion or somewhere in between over ten years to rein in the worst insurance company abuses, "bend the cost curve" and provide millions of uninsured Americans with affordable...

Read Post

Why Corporations Shouldn't Play in Elections

(8) Comments | Posted September 12, 2009 | 12:01 PM

The Supreme Court held a specially scheduled oral argument Wednesday to decide whether to overturn a century of laws prohibiting corporations from using their treasury funds to influence federal elections. Judging from the justices' questions and the tenor of the argument, this once-unthinkable outcome seems increasingly likely.

The case--Citizens United...

Read Post

"On What Planet Do You Spend Most of Your Time?"

(4) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 8:28 PM

Here's to Barney Frank. Finally, someone stood up for common sense!

I think that we've all about had it with the right-wing extremists' behavior at the town halls this month. From the misinformation and lies to violence and vandalism, anti-reformers have tried to squash reasonable debate at these events.


Read Post

Sen. Grassley Disqualifies Himself from Health Care Negotiations

(13) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 11:33 AM

Senator Charles Grassley is the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee and the chief Republican negotiator in efforts to produce a bipartisan health care bill. By now Huffington Post readers have seen that Sen. Grassley has jumped on the health care crazy bandwagon, endorsing the notion that his constituents...

Read Post

Help! Dan Lost His Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2009 | 1:16 PM

I am submitting this post on behalf of Dan Smith, who I met through working with Brave New Foundation to address the housing crisis. Dan lost his home and is eager to fight back.

My name is Dan Smith, and I'm an electrician with IBEW Local 952...

Read Post

Pathways Out of Poverty While Saving Energy

(5) Comments | Posted April 3, 2009 | 12:13 PM

We all know our economy is shedding jobs at a scary clip. President Obama's recovery package was a good start to get us back on track, but we need to do more.

And, of course, the recession has hit our most vulnerable populations hardest -- minorities, folks laid off from...

Read Post

"We were trained to mislead borrowers"

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2009 | 12:23 PM

One every 13 seconds.

That's how many families are losing their homes to foreclosure. More than 8 million families are at risk.

And, this is no accident. In Brave New Foundation's provocative new film on the housing crisis, a California mortgage broker admits on tape that he was...

Read Post

Heading "Out of Doors" for Obama

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2008 | 10:55 AM

The progressive online community has added real value over the past few years--bringing progressives together in a common (if virtual) space, holding the mainstream media accountable, channeling money to candidates in a true grassroots fashion, etc.

But there's a limit to what we can do together online, to what we...

Read Post