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.
Investors and Advocates Push Pfizer for More Transparency
April 23, 2015
Short Hills, NJ: Amid heightened public concern about the influence of big money on elections and decision-making in Congress and state legislatures, Common Cause and the Health Professionals and Allied Employees Union called on Pfizer today to disclose its lobbying activity (including indirect lobbying through trade associations and tax-exempt organizations) and drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial state level lobbying organization.
At Spring Shareholder Meetings, Resolutions Call for Increased Transparency of Corporate Lobbying and Election Spending
April 14, 2015
At more than 100 annual meetings this spring, shareholders will ratchet up the pressure on corporations to disclose information about corporate lobbying and electioneering expenditures so investors can make informed investment choices.
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