Citizens In Charge

It’s all about reforming the great American Democracy through a citizen initiative. Why? Because citizen control of government is not merely desirable, it is absolutely essential.

A 501(c)(4) citizen-powered advocacy group, Citizens in Charge has been working directly with public officials and voters since 2001 to protect and spread ballot initiative rights across all 50 states. So far, 24 states allow the referendum process thus giving citizens the ability to affect policy changes directly. For example, both gay rights laws as well as laws defining marriage have been put to the direct democracy test. And did you know that Colorado was the first state to pass a referendum on women’s suffrage in 1893, 27 years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

The Citizens in Charge Foundation, on the other hand, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organisation that works with activists, legislators, media, opinion leaders and voters and in collaboration with Citizens in Charge, to conduct research on the initiative process, educate the public and protect and expand ballot initiative rights.

At the helm of both is libertarian-leaning founder and activist, Paul Jacob.

A leading national figure in Initiative and Referendum, Jacob has worked on over 100 initiative and ballot access campaigns in nearly every state. That’s more than anyone else in U.S. history. He has also been involved in over 175 state wide petition drives on everything from spending caps to property rights measures and candidate ballot access.

On his online, radio, and print opinion program called Common Sense, which reaches a growing list of over 15,000 e-mail subscribers and is aired daily by more than 150 stations in 48 states and his weekly column for, Jacob talks about all of this and more. 

He’s even gone to prison for his beliefs. But the nicest thing he’s ever done for his fellow man? Resisting the draft! “I cannot in good conscience register with such an unjust, un-American, unnecessary and extremely dangerous institution as the draft,” he wrote in a column that first appeared in The Orange County Register in 1985.

His organization is all about promoting ballot propositions. As a non-profit, Citizens In Charge has many advantages to advocate for ballot propositions. Unlike RIPAC, Citizens In Charge does not directly propose ballot proposals. RIPAC and Citizens in Charge together offer many great synergies we look forward to talking more about in the future.

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