Klobuchar, Warner, McCain Online Transparency Bill Good First Step in Response to Russian Election Attacks
October 19, 2017
Americans have a right to know who is using political advertising to influence their votes and their views. As technology changes and political advertising shifts to online platforms, our transparency laws should keep pace. The recent revelations of Kremlin-connected influence operations on Facebook and Twitter underscore how important it is for Congress to take meaningful action. The bipartisan HONEST Ads Act is a critical step forward in enhancing the transparency of online political advertising. Common Cause commends Senators Klobuchar, Warner and McCain for their strong bipartisan leadership in introducing this important bill to bolster the integrity of our democracy.
California's Brown Vetoes Requirement that Presidential Candidates Release Tax Returns
October 16, 2017
California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have required President Trump and other presidential candidates to disclose their income tax returns in advance of the 2020 presidential election.
California's New Disclose Act Sets Example for the Nation
October 11, 2017
California prides itself on being an incubator for democracy reform, so perhaps there’s reason to hope that the state’s attack this week on the scourge of “dark money” in our elections will spread across the country.
New Report Debunks IRS 'Scandal'
October 6, 2017
It turns out that liberal and conservative non-profit groups got pretty much the same treatment – slow - from the tax man during the Obama years, the Treasury Department Inspector General has concluded.
Senate Intelligence Committee Must Disclose More About Russian Election Attacks
October 4, 2017
Americans deserve to know more about the Russian attack to sway the 2016 presidential race and Congress owes them some answers. Without undermining the investigation or any intelligence assets, Congress needs to share more of its findings with the American people. To date most of what citizens know about the attacks comes from media reports.