American government is based on the principle of majority rule. But in the U.S. Senate, a minority has turned that principle upside down. The filibuster rule, designed to protect the minority's right to be heard, has been transformed into a weapon that allows just 41 of 100 senators to squelch debate and block action on any bill, no matter its importance or public support. 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.
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 ›