CLC’s Podcast, Democracy Decoded, Wins Two Webby Awards!


WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Campaign Legal Center is pleased and proud to announce that our podcast, Democracy Decoded, has been honored by The Webby Awards, receiving both the judged Webbby Award for Podcasts - Public Service & Activism 2023, as well as the publicly voted People’s Voice award in the same category.  

Setting out to answer the question, “Why does American Democracy look the way it does today and how can we make it more responsive to the people it was formed to serve?” Democracy Decoded examines our government and discusses innovative ideas that could lead to a stronger, more transparent, accountable and inclusive democracy. Host (and CLC Legal Counsel for Redistricting) Simone Leeper speaks with experts from across the political spectrum and takes a deep dive into the forces fueling our elections, not just in our nation’s capital but at all levels of government. The producers for season one were Casey Atkins, CLC’s Manager for Multimedia and Brendan Quinn, CLC’s Senior Communications Manager for Campaign Finance and Ethics.  

Dubbed “The Internet’s Highest Honor” by the New York Times, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)—a 2000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members—leading Internet experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities—and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees and other Internet professionals. 

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by the Webbys - not only by the Academy but by the voting public as well,” said Sandhya Bathija, Vice President of Communications at Campaign Legal Center, “The issues tackled in our first season – the impact of money on American elections and our political system overall – are so important and so often overlooked. It is heartening to see this season recognized so that more listeners can hear the powerful stories told by our guests and experts. To reduce political corruption, we need real transparency about who is spending to influence our elections and our government and by recognizing our podcast, the Webby Awards has helped educate voters about the problems real people face in our democracy and ensure more Americans are informed about the issues that impact them every day. Thank You!” 

The first season of Democracy Decoded was released in the early part of 2022 and focused on campaign finance issues – featuring interviews with experts from across the country and across the political spectrum to help examine the influence of money on our political system. Airing last fall, season 2 focused on voting rights, utilizing guest expertise and voter input to analyze how differing laws and regulations affect Americans in different states and municipalities.  

For journalists telling the story of our broken political system, the podcast features compelling stories and solutions that can guide your reporting. All audiences can stay tuned for season 3 later this year...  

Campaign Legal Center would like to thank each and every person who has made Democracy Decoded possible – this win would not have been possible without your valuable insight, expertise and devotion to American Democracy. Thank you!