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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Capitol Report 2017 Week ending April 21, 2017 Filed by: Ben Wilcox, Governmental Consultant Overview The Florida legislature has completed its seventh week of the 2017 legislative session. There are now two weeks left before the end of the...

Capitol Report for Week Ending April 21, 2017
Ben Wilcox, April 24, 2017

They’re elected to do the people’s business, so aren’t the people entitled to some notice of when and where they’re going to do it? A lawsuit filed Wednesday by Common Cause North Carolina and 10 Carolinians asks a state...

Common Cause Suit Challenges North Carolina Legislature
April 19, 2017

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