The Fundraising Free February Pledge
January 23, 2015
I, ____________, solemnly pledge to devote each session day of the month of February 2015 to the official duties of my office as a member of the United States House of Representatives, without the distraction of electoral fundraising or other political campaign-related activities.
I Didn’t Get Elected to Be a Fundraiser
January 23, 2015
Then-Representative (and now Senator) Chris Murphy (D-Conn) penned an op-ed with this title in 2008 lamenting the vast amounts of time Members of Congress have to spend fundraising. If he thought things were bad then, he had no idea how awful the permanent money chase would be now. The Citizens United decision in 2010 opened the door for corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections, and the SpeechNow decision shortly after paved the way for super PACs, both creating the need for Members of Congress to do more fundraising.
Common Cause, Allies Call on Congressional Leaders to Extend Independent Ethics Office
September 4, 2014
Common Cause joined with other reform groups and distinguished citizens to urge House leaders to extend the Office of Congressional Ethics in the next Congress
Statement of Common Cause on Secret Decision by House Committee on Ethics to Weaken Congressional Travel Disclosure
July 2, 2014
Common Cause was extremely disappointed to learn of the House Committee on Ethics’ decision to weaken disclosure requirements for privately-funded travel for members of Congress and staff.
The Long Arm of the National Security-Communications Industry Complex
November 22, 2013
This is a story about more than just the national security implications of government surveillance, but it begins there.