State Ethics

Our state affiliates are watchdogs for tightening and enforcing ethical standards in statehouses across the country. Here are a few examples.

Common Cause New York's persistent calls for a thorough investigation of sexual harassment allegations against state Assemblyman Vito Lopez led to Lopez's resignation in 2013 and sparked a drive to reform the way the Assembly handles future cases.

Common Cause Georgia is leading the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform, a coalition that has found common ground between progressives and Tea Party activists in the campaign for tougher ethics laws in the Peach State. Our lobbying in 2012 and '13 helped spark passage of a landmark law limiting gifts lobbyists may give to public officials.

Colorado Common Cause led the successful drive to pass Amendment 41, which created an independent state ethics commission to enforce ethical standards for all state employees and elected officials.

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While it is disappointing that the U.S. Supreme Court chose to ignore such clear conflicts for the Wisconsin justices, the issues behind the case are far from dead. Recent revelations about the 2011-2012 recall elections have raised troubling new...

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Wisconsin John Doe Appeal
October 3, 2016

“Common Cause asked months ago that Commissioner Wade recuse herself from any consideration of the merger, so of course we’re pleased she has finally done so. “But her action today does not resolve all questions about Ms....

Commissioner Wade recuses herself from Cigna-Anthem merger
September 15, 2016

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