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In the last 72 hours, we have likely heard the terms white nationalist, white supremacists, neo-nazis, and alt-right more than at any point in history. However, it was the nomination of Donald Trump to lead the Republican Party and his eventual...

A reflection on Charlottesville and the future of our country
August 16, 2017

The need to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his Office has never been more obvious. The public, by a margin of more than 2-to-1, supports the Mueller investigation, as do many Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The support holds...

Mueller Must Be Protected
August 7, 2017

Good news today from Illinois, where a federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that blocked large counties from allowing their residents to register and vote on the same day. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found no...

Appeals Court Backs Same Day Registration in Illinois
August 7, 2017

The regulatory review of Sinclair Broadcasting’s $3.9 billion plan to acquire the Tribune Media Group is moving into a critical phase with today’s deadline for submission of comments on the merger to the Federal Communications...

Sinclair Deal Under Scrutiny
August 7, 2017

In our first installment of Defining Democracy, we explained that “collusion” is a catch-all term without a precise legal meaning, but is being used more generally as a layman’s term to cover illegal acts like conspiracy,...

Defining Democracy: Coordination
August 4, 2017





It has no chance – sadly – in the current Congress, but Wednesday’s introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act deserves at least a tip of the hat to sponsoring Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, and his 23 co-sponsors for...

Fair Elections Now Introduced in Senate
July 27, 2017



July 26, 2017 Elbridge Gerry’s Birthday and the Monster Lin-Manuel Miranda Has Created
Last week was a big one for the namesake of this newsletter. A trailer for Gerrymandering: The Musical premiered on Twitter with a moving...

Gerrymander Gazette | July 2017
July 27, 2017

Voters have a right to know who is paying for political campaigns before they go to the polls. But even in California, where strong state campaign finance laws set an example for the nation, it’s not that easy to see who is bankrolling...

California On Path to Stronger Disclosure of Campaign Money
Steven Cohen, Guest Blogger, July 26, 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

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

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.” In publicly...

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



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. The...

Speak Up Wednesday for Net Neutrality
July 11, 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...

Texas Back-Step
Jocilyn Estes, Common Cause intern, , July 7, 2017

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