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Democrats Can’t Have It Both Ways on Campaign Finance Reform

August 5, 2015

If you listen to the Democratic Party’s presidential contenders and congressional leaders, it is clear they are in alignment with the vast majority of Americans who support genuine campaign finance reform and overturning Citizens United. But in a state with a successful Clean Elections law that many point to as a model for the country, the Connecticut State Democratic Party continues to sue the State Elections and Enforcement Commission, filing a new request for a judge to issue a declaratory judgment this week, after an as yet unresolved suit failed to get the state Democratic Party what it wants.

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Common Cause Urges "Bright Line" Rules for Political Nonprofits

July 29, 2015

Political organizations posing as “social welfare” nonprofits and pumping hundreds of millions of dollars from hidden donors into political campaigns are depriving voters of information they need to make decisions on Election Day, a Common Cause attorney told senators today.

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Wisconsin Ruling Invites Onslaught of Special Interest Spending on State Politics

July 16, 2015

As expected, a highly compromised Wisconsin Supreme Court majority has issued a highly flawed decision today ending the John Doe investigation of possible illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker and his 2011-2012 recall campaign with outside special interest groups. The decision should be appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

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Common Cause Hails D.C. Circuit Decision on Campaign Contributions by Federal Contractors

July 7, 2015

“The court unanimously supports the public’s vital interest in stopping government corruption, but the case didn’t address the anonymous contributions federal contractors make to secret dark money groups that perpetuate pay to play corruption. With an executive order requiring disclosure of political spending by federal contractors, President Obama can attack these shady practices that hurt businesses and taxpayers, and shift the national debate from the problem of money in our political system, to solutions the public demands."

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Why Wait?

June 5, 2015

Americans shouldn’t have to wait for the election of a new President to get strong federal and state action to protect and strengthen voting rights, Common Cause said today.

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