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Americans like to think our government represents all of us, but sometimes in American politics, you get what you pay for. Thanks to the presence of big money in politics, many legislators care more about the wealthy people, businesses and groups...

Sheldon Adelson gets what he paid for
Dana Sutton, Common Cause intern, September 28, 2016

Today, National Voter Registration Day hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers are collaborating to register tens of thousands of people, encourage those already registered to pledge to vote, and educate new voters.


Celebrating National Voter Registration Day
Dana Patterson, Intern, September 27, 2016

Carrie Davis, League of Women Voters of Ohio, 614-469-1505
Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio, (w) 614-441-9145 or (c) 614-579-5509
Advocates marked National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday by launching an outreach campaign urging...

Voting Rights Advocates: Take Charge of Your Vote
September 27, 2016

Columbus, OH – A coalition of voting rights advocates applauded a court ruling today that found the state has improperly removed hundreds of thousands of voters from the registration rolls ahead of the 2016 Presidential Election. Ohio voter...

Voting Rights Advocates Respond to Court Ruling On Purged Voters
September 23, 2016

From the Occupy Movement to Black Lives Matter and the strong support thousands of us gave to Sen. Bernie Sanders, it’s clear that the Millennial generation is tuned into politics. So why don’t Millennials vote? Our generation is now...

Tuning In & Turning Out
Dana Sutton and Seung Won Lee, Common Cause interns, September 22, 2016

Great news! Car rental giant Enterprise announced Wednesday that it has left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive corporate lobbying group that masquerades as a charity. The decision followed an outcry from customers and...

Enterprise Leaves ALEC!
Seung Won Lee, Common Cause Intern, September 22, 2016

To all of us lucky enough to have known him, Dwight Cramer was the spirit of Common Cause, a gentle man with a fierce dedication to our country and our Constitution. For more than 30 years, Dwight volunteered his time and talents here at Common...

Remembering Dwight Cramer
September 16, 2016

“Common Cause asked months ago that Commissioner Wade recuse herself from any consideration of the merger, so of course we’re pleased she has finally done so. “But her action today does not resolve all questions about Ms....

Commissioner Wade recuses herself from Cigna-Anthem merger
September 15, 2016

I took my first step into the world of political activism this week, joining other supporters of the #DoYourJob campaign in a demonstration and press conference on the steps of the Supreme Court. It was overwhelming at first. I didn’t know...

My first steps in political activism
Seung Won Lee, Common Cause Intern , September 9, 2016

Election Day, every school kid learns, is the one day when we are all truly equal and when we come together to make decisions that impact the whole country. But real equality – and real confidence that we can achieve it – requires...

How to Truly Protect the Vote
September 6, 2016

SACRAMENTO - Yesterday, the Legislature showed bipartisan support for Senate Bill 1349 (Hertzberg), which would direct the Secretary of State to modernize Cal-Access, California’s online system for campaign finance filing and disclosure. SB...

SB 1349 Passes with Bipartisan Support
August 31, 2016

August 25, 2016
On the redistricting litigation front, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. We'll start with the bad news. Illinois Supreme Court Removes Independent Map Amendment from November Ballot A divided Illinois Supreme...

Gerrymander Gazette: Breaking News in Illinois and Maryland
August 25, 2016

Casting a secret ballot in the upcoming election might not be so secret or secure depending on where – and how – you vote, according to a new report, The Secret Ballot at Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy. The report was...

New Report: Internet Voting Threatens Ballot Secrecy
August 18, 2016

Honolulu, HI - Corie Tanida, who over the last three years has led a series of successful civic engagement campaigns for Common Cause, today was named Executive Director of Common Cause Hawaii. “We’re delighted that Corie is ready to...

Corie Tanida named as New Common Cause Hawaii Executive Director
August 8, 2016

Good news! Leaders from the Black Lives Matter Movement are putting democracy reform issues into their policy platform.

The Movement for Black Lives, an organization including more than 60 advocacy groups that are part of the movement,...

Movement for Black Lives demands a better democracy
Nisha Behrman, Common Cause Intern, August 5, 2016

We’re sad to report that Sid Garvais, a founder and former Chair of Common Cause in Connecticut, has passed away. No other person has contributed more to Common Cause in Connecticut’s success than Sid Garvais. In his 40 years of...

Remembering Sid Garvais
August 5, 2016

Today, Common Cause filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina challenging the blatantly political 2016 gerrymander of the state’s congressional districts by the state’s legislature. The...

Common Cause Files Suit Challenging Partisan Gerrymander in NC
August 5, 2016

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