Murphy’s filibuster a win against big money
June 21, 2016
The national debate over gun control took center stage at the US Senate last week when Senator Chris Murphy, D-CT, and allies staged a 15-hour filibuster to force action on gun control legislation. The talk-a-thon ended only when the Senate agreed to hold votes on legislation banning gun sales to individuals on the government’s terrorist watch list and on expanding background checks.
Open Mic at the FEC
February 15, 2015
Last week, I spent an hour at a witness table next to Shaun McCutcheon. He was the lead plaintiff in the eponymous Supreme Court case that dissenting Justice Stephen Breyer wrote “eviscerate[d] our campaign finance laws.”
7 Bills To Defend Our Democracy
January 21, 2015
Today is the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's disastrous ruling in Citizens United, and to commemorate the occasion, lawmakers are proposing a slate of 7 bills to put our government back in the people's hands
Dr. King's Dream -- And Ours
January 19, 2015
As we mark the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we reflect on his accomplishments and the work yet to be done
A Pipeline Full of Special Interest Money
November 18, 2014
As the U.S. Senate votes on the Keystone XL pipeline today, a new Common Cause analysis reveals that special interest money is what’s really driving the debate.