Common Cause Commends Introduction of We The People Act by Sen. Udall & Rep. Price
September 27, 2017
At a time when too many Americans do not think they have a meaningful voice in their democracy, when confidence in our institutions is at historic lows, and cynicism at record highs, this democracy reform package is needed more than ever. These reforms are working at the state level, empowering citizens and breaking down barriers to participation for all Americans, irrespective of political party.
In Seattle Common Cause & CLC File Brief in New Challenge to Citizen-Financed Elections
September 20, 2017
Today, Common Cause and the Campaign Legal Center filed an amici brief in Washington State’s King County Superior Court in Elster v. City of Seattle in support of the city’s campaign finance voucher program. The brief makes clear that the Seattle program is consistent with a host of other citizen-funded elections programs upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court since campaign finance reforms were enacted in the wake of the Watergate scandals to curb the buying and selling of influence in the halls of government.
National Model for Campaign Finance in Peril
September 18, 2017
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy is promising to veto a state budget plan that would decimate the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP), a national model for campaign finance reform since its adoption more than a decade ago.
Democracy Vouchers Leveling the Political Playing Field in Seattle
August 2, 2017
There’s news today about an interesting – and promising – experiment in democracy in the Pacific Northwest.
Fair Elections Now Introduced in Senate
July 27, 2017
Wednesday’s introduction of the Fair Elections Now Act deserves a tip of the hat to sponsoring Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, and his 23 co-sponsors for continuing to stand up for a good idea.