Common Cause regularly publishes such election year scorecards. This one is different from its predecessors in its listing of sponsorships and co-sponsorships rather than actual votes. Congress unfortunately is now so gridlocked that common sense reform measures like those listed here rarely come to a vote in either the House or Senate. For the House portion of this scorecard, we were able to include a few votes on amendments and procedural questions concerning money-in-politics issues. Those measures included an amendment requiring tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations to disclose their political spending and another authorizing the Securities and Exchange Commission to develop a rule requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose their political spending. Learn More ›
You hear it all the time, from voices across the political spectrum: Government is broken.
Democracies aren't naturally efficient, but history tells us that ours can work if we work at it. Common Cause is doing just that. In Washington, we're working to overturn the U.S. Senate's filibuster rule, which requires a supermajority -- 60 votes -- to conduct even routine business. We've also taken on ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobby that masquerades as a charity and enjoys an illegal tax exemption as it brings state legislators together for private meetings and law-writing sessions at posh resorts.
And across the country, our state chapters are pushing strong lobbying laws, open meetings requirements and other common sense steps to clear sand out of the gears of government.
There is a threat to our democracy so severe it is shocking it has gone unnoticed this long, or been dismissed as impossible by the few who know about it and should be sounding the alarm. The threat is a constitutional convention, convened on the petitions of at least 34 state legislatures as specified under an Article V of the Constitution and empowered to rewrite or propose new amendments to that document. Given the current hyper-partisan environment of U.S. politics, the power of special and corporate interests in the post-Citizens United era, the call for a convention poses a huge threat to the nation. Learn More ›
In 2013, the Common Cause Education Fund launched a major initiative to develop a vision and plan for advancing reforms to strengthen our democracy. The Blueprint for a Great Democracy Conference and the Common Cause Democracy Fellows program will run annually for the next decade, thanks to long-term support from the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund. Learn More ›