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Koch Caucus Now the First Stop on Road to the White House

January 27, 2015

The Koch network’s announcement that it plans to spend upwards of $900 million on the 2016 elections is a clarion call for citizen action to rescue our democracy, Common Cause President Miles Rapoport said Tuesday.

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Activists Rally On Citizens United Fifth Anniversary

January 21, 2015

Dozens of activists from Common Cause and partner organizations rallied against big money in politics today at Lafayette Square, wedged between the Chamber of Commerce and the White House, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

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It's Everyone's Responsibility to Make Washington Work

January 20, 2015

“President Obama’s proposals to attack income inequality, particularly his plans to make higher education affordable, invest in an open Internet and re-balance the tax code in favor of middle-income Americans, deserve better than the “dead-on-arrival” treatment they’re getting on Capitol Hill. Taken together, they’re a serious – if incomplete – response to critical national problems.

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Common Cause Welcomes Sprint's Embrace of Open Internet

January 16, 2015

Thanks to Sprint for sprinting ahead on the Open Internet, acknowledging what we have long known: strong net neutrality is good for consumers, competition, innovation and free expression online. Sprint’s competitors could learn a thing a thing or two from its corporate leadership. This is more evidence that it is time for the FCC to act on Title II reclassification.

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Whose Government? Whose Voice?

January 13, 2015

The big money injected into American politics by the Supreme Court’s historic – and fundamentally flawed – decision in Citizens United has blocked action on problems that large majorities of Americans care about most, including stagnant wages, gun control and climate change, Common Cause argues in a report released today.

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Omnibus Bill Is A Toxic Cocktail of Giveaways

December 10, 2014

The omnibus appropriations bill fashioned in secret by congressional leaders this week is larded with goodies for the lawmakers who will be voting on it and the special interests – from the gun lobby to Wall Street – that are their financial patrons, Common Cause said today. If passed, it will include the biggest increase in campaign contribution limits ever enacted by Congress.

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Rolling Out a Carpet of Cash

December 9, 2014

“The deal apparently struck today by Democratic and Republican leaders to quadruple the maximum contribution for support of national political conventions is an affront to the millions of Americans whose votes last month signaled their desire for change in Washington. Although a different party will be in the majority in the Senate for the 114th Congress, it’s clear that the real power will remain with big money interests. This agreement simply ends the current Congress by rolling out a carpet of cash for the next one.

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Obama Actions on Immigration are Lawful, Limited, and Restrained -- and Advance Democracy

November 25, 2014

President Obama’s executive actions on immigration are lawful, limited and restrained steps toward fixing an immigration system that is demonstrably broken, unjust and unenforceable. They attempt to make good on the promise of a democracy founded by immigrants. They will allow millions of families to emerge from the shadows and become full participants in our economy and our society, and build on the fundamentally American impulse and democratic principle of welcoming new immigrants and appreciating their contributions to our culture and economy.

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Statement on the Michael Brown Case and the Continuing Struggle for Equality in America

November 25, 2014

The grand jury decided there was not sufficient evidence to charge Officer Darren Wilson with a crime. It did not declare him blameless. Its decision is not a vote of confidence in law enforcement in Ferguson nor a rebuke to those who’ve questioned Officer Wilson’s actions and taken to the streets to demonstrate their concerns. An investigation of federal civil rights violations is ongoing and must be pursued vigorously; the Brown family may still seek civil damages.

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