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As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jason Chaffetz ought to acknowledge that Americans want our public officials to observe the highest ethical standards and do all he can to ensure that President-elect...

Rep. Chaffetz Should Thank Ethics Chief, Not Threaten Him
January 13, 2017

His inauguration is still a week away, but it’s been clear for months that Donald Trump’s presidency will pose particular challenges to the First Amendment and the journalists who labor under its protection. Trump himself underscored...

Trump and the Media; A Test for Democracy
January 12, 2017

President-elect Trump’s planned arrangement with the Trump Organization falls far short of what’s necessary to avoid conflicts of interest and Emoluments Clause violations that will dog his administration and severely undermine the...

Trump Conflict Plan Woefully Inadequate
January 11, 2017



The Sessions hearings are on, scheduled to continue all day today and into tomorrow. You can watch on C-SPAN3 and on cable news channels. But it’s important to do more than watch. Your senators need to hear from you. After...

Sessions Hearings Open
January 10, 2017

1. Our proposed disclosure legislation has passed the Senate FOUR times (the last three unanimously), as well as all House committees in prior years. This bill will overhaul the current law to bring it in line with both recent constitutional...

2017 Priority Legislation
January 9, 2017



One of the easiest ways to learn about the New Mexico State Legislature is to visit the Capitol during the session and see the action yourself! Common Cause New Mexico is there every day, and we are happy to meet with you, show you around...

Tips for New Mexico Citizen Lobbyists
January 9, 2017

Accessible and Secure Voting: Automatic and Online Voter Registration, Early Voting, and Election Protection Connecticut: Adopted Automatic Voter Registration administratively with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretary of State and...

Common Cause 2016 Year-end Report: Win and Keep Winning
December 22, 2016

The November elections shocked the nation in many ways. Here in Nebraska attack ads and robo calls seemed to reach a new level of frequency and insult. Shadowy organizations like Americans for Prosperity, Trees of Liberty and Citizens for a...

To Tell the Truth
December 21, 2016

Editor's note: This post originally appeared at Medium.com From the White House to the courthouse, every elected official in America — Democrat, Republican or independent — has something in common: he or she got more votes than any of...

As Electors Meet, It's Time to Fix the Electoral College
December 19, 2016

Outlining the Emoluments Clause violations that are unavoidable if President-elect Donald Trump does not divest of his assets and create a true blind trust prior to taking office, Richard Painter and Norman Eisen, White House Ethics Czars from the...

Trump Conflicts of Interest May Violate Emoluments Clause
December 16, 2016

The Portland city council passed “Open & Accountable Elections” today, a reform aimed at curbing special interest money in city elections and making city government more representative and accountable to the...

Portland City Council Passes Open & Accountable Elections
December 14, 2016

There’s good news from Michigan and a bit of bad from Virginia today in “the Voting Wars,” University of California, Irvine Prof. Rick Hasen’s moniker for the ongoing battle over who gets to vote in America and the...

Michigan Senate Backs Away from Tougher Voter ID Requirement
December 14, 2016



Donald Trump, at age 70 an apprentice for the world’s toughest job, apparently will be moonlighting at an old position as he learns the ropes on his new one next year.

Word leaked this week that while managing the federal...

Trump, the Ultimate Apprentice
December 9, 2016

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