The media have tremendous power to influence our nation's political discourse, and a free and open media is essential to a healthy democracy. So Common Cause works on multiple fronts for media reforms that include a free, open and accessible Internet for all, slowing media consolidation and transparency.
Political ads can help citizens understand candidates and issues. And to be fair, those who pay for ads should be easily identifiable as to their background and sources of funds. Unfortunately, deliberately misleading “secret money” groups are hiding behind generic and patriotic-sounding names while freely airing distortions and sometimes outright lies about candidates and issues. Learn More ›
In the 21st century, vibrant media are essential to our professional and social lives and more open, fair, and democratic discourse. Unfortunately, years of bad, industry-friendly decisions by regulators have crippled the media. And because how the media portray the issues can frame the debate, reforming the media opens the door to broader democratic reform. Learn More ›