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.
Facebook Campaign Spending Draws FEC Complaints from Common Cause
September 26, 2017
Today Common Cause filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Michael Waddell, the host of the hunting show “Bone Collector”, and a Wisconsin businessman made illegal undisclosed independent expenditures in connection with the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns of Donald Trump. Additionally, Waddell appears to have made excessive in-kind contributions during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Russians Weren't the Only Ones Running 'Dark Money' Ads on Facebook
September 25, 2017
A report published today hints at a vast universe of social media electioneering that reached millions of Americans last year with messages paid for by contributions that probably were illegal and came from hidden donors.
Congress Must Protect Our Right to Know Who Is Trying to Influence Us
September 25, 2017
Facebook's announcement this month that it's changing the way it handles political advertising is good news but no cause for celebration.
Late Facebook Response Does Not Remove Responsibility Congress and Regulators to Increase Transparency
September 21, 2017
Americans have a right to know who is trying to influence their vote—whether hostile foreign nations like Russia, corporate front groups, or wealthy special interests. Facebook’s announcement this afternoon that it shared evidence of fake Facebook accounts and Russian political ads with Special Counsel Mueller and Congressional investigators was slow in coming but it is a step forward as are the broad brushstroke descriptions of their new policies.