For a state formerly known as “Corrupticut,” Connecticut has become a national leader in clean, transparent elections with its model public financing program, the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP).
Passed in 2005 following...
Connecticut's Relentless Fight for Clean Elections
Erin Hughes, Common Cause intern,, July 21, 2017
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who joined forces with Common Cause and other organizations to put the clamps on partisan gerrymandering in his home state, will be the headline speaker at a Capitol Hill luncheon on redistricting...
Capitol Hill Luncheon to Spotlight Redistricting Reform
July 21, 2017
President Trump’s latest remarks to the New York Times concerning what he calls “the Russia thing” are an abuse of his power and his responsibility to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
President Trump's 'Dereliction of Duty'
July 20, 2017
Good news this afternoon from Rhode Island, where Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a bill providing automatic voter registration to qualified citizens doing business with state agencies.
The state becomes the ninth nationwide to adopt...
Rhode Island Joins Parade to Automatic Voter Registration
July 19, 2017
While President Trump’s “Election Integrity” commission plots ways to make voting more difficult for millions of Americans, officials in one state – Colorado – have taken a critical step to make sure that...
Colorado Shows the Way to Protecting Our Elections
July 18, 2017
Common Cause sued President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity this afternoon, asking a federal court to shut down commission efforts to obtain personal information about millions of voters and order the panel to...
Common Cause Sues to Stop Pence-Kobach Panel's Data Collection
July 14, 2017
As postings on 80,000 websites and messages from millions of internet users across America protested a Trump administration plan to end “net neutrality” rules, a band of lawmakers and activists gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on...
Taking It To The Hill
Kimberly Hill and Scott Zimmerman, Common Cause interns, , July 13, 2017
Today Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) supplementing a complaint filed by Common Cause on Monday. The expanded complaint...
Trump, Jr., Kushner, Manafort Violated Foreign Solicitation Ban, Watchdogs Allege in Complaints
July 13, 2017
The Trump Administration's fake net neutrality scheme is a ridiculous illustration of the price we pay for the outrageous influence of money in politics. Two years ago, millions of Americans took to the streets and to the internet to win historic...
Net Neutrality Day of Action: Statement of Michael Copps former FCC Commissioner & Common Cause Special Advisor
July 11, 2017
If these e-mails are not a hoax, they are the smoking gun showing that Donald Trump Jr. illegally solicited a contribution from a foreign national—in the form of opposition research against Hillary Clinton—as our complaints yesterday...
Donald Trump Jr. E-mails Are Smoking Gun Confirming Illegal Solicitation from Foreign National
July 11, 2017
A new poll confirms that “net neutrality” rules targeted for extinction by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and the Trump administration are popular with internet users across the political spectrum.
Speak Up Wednesday for Net Neutrality
July 11, 2017
Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Donald Trump Jr., in his role with the Trump campaign, illegally solicited a political contribution from a...
DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Campaign for Illegal Solicitation of Contribution from Foreign National
July 10, 2017
There’s unsettling news from the Lone Star State today; after fighting for years to overturn Texas’ vote suppressing voter identification law, the Justice Department has filed a legal brief supporting and urging a judge to uphold the...
Jocilyn Estes, Common Cause intern, , July 7, 2017
It is troubling President Trump appears more comfortable talking to President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors than to the American people about the well-documented intrusion by Russia into US elections in 2016. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...
In Putin Meeting Trump Reportedly Moves on Quickly from 2016 Russian Election Attack
July 7, 2017
The Kennedy School of Government’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University announced today that California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) is the winner of the 2017 Roy and...
California Citizens Redistricting Commission Wins Harvard Innovation in Government Award
July 7, 2017
NEW YORK, NY Today, Common Cause released a comparative analysis of Legal Defense Fund (LDF) models across the country and recommendations for New York City. A framework does not currently exist in New York, creating a policy gap in the campaign...
Common Cause Recommends Legislation to Create Legal Defense Funds for NYC Public Officials
July 6, 2017
The resignation of Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub is another troubling sign for the ethically-challenged Trump White House. Ethics scandals swirled around Donald Trump before he was even sworn in, but Shaub joins a growing list...
Resignation of Federal Ethics Chief Another Troubling Sign for Trump White House
July 6, 2017
It went mostly unnoticed as Americans took off on Friday for an extended holiday weekend, but Rhode Island is about to become the ninth state to automatically add to its voter rolls qualified citizens who do business with state agencies.
Rhode Island Set to Adopt Automatic Voter Registration
July 5, 2017
Now is the time for all good citizens to weigh in on transparency regulations pending before the New Mexico Secretary of State! And we need your voices of support.
The regs will clarify campaign reporting requirements for political action...
Speak Out in Favor of Campaign Finance Transparency Regulations
June 30, 2017
Tonight, Rhode Island became the ninth state, along with the District of Columbia, to successfully pass legislation to enable automatic voter registration (AVR). The bill passed by the General Assembly, and headed to Governor Gina Raimondo for...
Rhode Island Becomes 9th State to Enact Automatic Voter Registration Since 2015
June 30, 2017
The Pence-Kobach Commission’s and Department of Justice’s letters seeking information from election administrators are telling signs of a coordinated, partisan effort to remove eligible voters from registration rolls.
DOJ & Pence-Kobach Commission Voter Roll Requests Raise Red Flags
June 30, 2017
When the founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain over two centuries ago, they declared freedom from all foreign rule. The idea that our country determines its own course, free from foreign control, remains at the core of our...
Taking Stock on the 4th
Sam Genova, Common Cause intern,, June 30, 2017
In a post-Citizens United age, when corporations and interest groups can spend whatever they like to influence our elections, it’s more important than ever that we make sure that every American can be heard. Public financing for local...
California Common Cause, Allies, Urge Court to Uphold Public Financing
Kimberly Hill, Common Cause intern,, June 30, 2017
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-AZ, opened his office to the seven Common Cause national staff summer interns last week. We discussed a wide array of subjects, from congressional procedure and national elections to Arizona state politics.
Gallego Sits Down With the Interns
Alex Cohen and Scott Zimmerman, Common Cause interns, , June 29, 2017
A new crop of employers and industries emerged as major lobbying forces in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly, Common Cause Maryland (CCMD) reported today.
The annual study of lobbying in the state legislature found that overall lobbying...
Different Kinds of Industries, Same Kinds of Expenditures
Susan Radov, Summer Research associate, , June 29, 2017