The Committee of Seventy, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, was established in 1904 for the express purpose of combating corruption in Philadelphia. The organization played a major role in the adoption of civil service reforms and the passage of the 1919 and 1951 Home Rule Charters.  

It is fair to say that during the past ten years, Seventy has radically transformed itself from being just an election watchdog to a bolder more comprehensive good government group, due in no small measure to the introduction of new executive and Board leadership.

That investment helped resurrect the City’s only independent watchdog and allowed Seventy to reinvigorate itself to change permanently Philadelphia’s political culture.  During 2005-2010, Seventy led the fight to defend campaign financing limits, a fight that went all the way to the Supreme Court thanks to a lawsuit initiated by Seventy, in 2007-08. Our war against pay-to-play politics in Philadelphia helped to turn the ideas of better government and fair elections into a movement. We continue to be the go-to spokesperson for trustworthy background and analysis on issues related to Philadelphia’s political culture and its government.

Today, Seventy Fights For:

  • Ethical government and honest public officials.
  • Effective use of taxpayer dollars.
  • Honest elections and increased access to voting.
  • Limits on the influence of money in elections.
  • Better informed citizens and more citizen participation in public life. 
  • Transparent government.

Our Guiding Principles:  

  • Seventy does not represent or reflect any special interests.
  • Seventy does not endorse candidates.
  • Seventy speaks out when others won’t.

We fight every day to make the Philadelphia region a better place to live, work, and do business.