U.S. PIRG Staff

Dan Smith
Democracy Campaign Director

As Democracy Campaign Director for U.S. PIRG, Dan Smith coordinates federal and state level campaigns to curb the corrosive effect of big money on our democracy, including U.S. PIRG’s Democracy for the People campaign to amplify the voices of ordinary citizens through a small donor public financing system. Based in Washington, D.C., he develops and provides support for democracy program field campaigns, lobbies elected officials, analyzes policy, and works with the media to promote solutions to the problem of big money in politics.

Smith previously worked as U.S. PIRG’s tax and budget advocate where he organized support both inside and outside of Congress to end special-interest giveaways, increase budget transparency and accountability, eliminate waste, ensure that subsidies and tax breaks serve the public, and close corporate tax loopholes.

As tax and budget advocate, he co-authored several reports including Offshore Shell Games, a study documenting the widespread abuse of tax haven loopholes by many large U.S. companies, Representation without Taxation, exposing companies that spent more to lobby Congress than they paid in taxes, and Toward Common Ground, a report coauthored with the National Taxpayers Union that put forth one trillion dollars’ worth of deficit reduction recommendations that garnered support from across the political spectrum.

His opinions have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and many other news outlets. Smith graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Government.

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