James Madison Award

About the James Madison Award The award named for President James Madison was established in 1989 and is presented annually on the anniversary of his birth to honor individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know at the national level.

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NameTitleYear
Aaron SwartzAaron Swartz2013 - Winner
Zoe LofgrenRep. Zoe Lofgren2012 - Winner
Patrice McDermott2011 - Winner
Meredith Fuchs2010 - Co-Winner
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)2010 - Co-Winner
Thomas M. Susman2009 - Winner
Russ Feingold2008 - Winner
Paul K. McMasters2007 - Winner
Steve Aftergood2006 - Winner
Richard M. Schmidt2005 - Winner
David Sobel2004 - Winner
Government of Arlington CountyGovernment of Arlington County2003 - Winner
Steve HornSteve Horn2003 - Winner
Steven GarfinkelSteven Garfinkel2002 - Winner
John E. MossJohn E. Moss2002 - Winner
John D. PodestaJohn D. Podesta2001 - Winner
Larry IrvingLarry Irving2000 - Winner
Larry Irving, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information2000 - Winner
Board members and congressional sponsors of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review BoardBoard members and congressional sponsors of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board1999 - Winner
U.S. Geological Survey, National Library of MedicineU.S. Geological Survey, National Library of Medicine1998 - Winner
Eliot ChristianEliot Christian1998 - Winner
Ben BagdikianBen Bagdikian1998 - Winner
Wayne P. KelleyWayne P. Kelley1998 - Winner
George Soros, philanthropist and financier1997 - Winner
George SorosGeorge Soros1997 - Winner
The National Information Infrastructure Advisory CouncilThe National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council1996 - Winner
The Government Printing OfficeThe Government Printing Office1995 - Winner
Internet Multicasting Service's Town Hall Project Internet Multicasting Service's Town Hall Project1995 - Winner
Seattle (WA) Public LibrarySeattle (WA) Public Library,1995 - Winner
Sailor Project Sailor Project1995 - Winner
Hazel O'LearyHazel O'Leary1994 - Winner
Eileen D. CookeEileen D. Cooke1994 - Winner
The legislators who led the passage of P.L. 103-40, the GPO Access ActThe legislators who led the passage of P.L. 103-40, the GPO Access Act1993 - Winner
Nina TotenbergNina Totenberg1992 - Winner
Brian LambBrian Lamb1992 - Winner
Scott ArmstrongScott Armstrong1992 - Winner
Representative Don Edwards (D-CA)1991 - Winner
Don EdwardsDon Edwards1991 - Winner
Philip ShabecoffPhilip Shabecoff1990 - Winner
Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA)1990 - Winner
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)1990 - Winner
Office of Toxic SubstancesOffice of Toxic Substances1990 - Winner
Philip Shabecoff, journalist1990 - Winner
The Office of Toxic Substances of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency1990 - Winner
Henry WaxmanHenry Waxman1990 - Winner
Frank LautenbergFrank Lautenberg1990 - Winner
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)1989 - Winner
Patrick LeahyPatrick Leahy1989 - Winner