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Groups Add to Evidence in "Whistleblower" Tax Fraud Claim Against ALEC

May 12, 2015

Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy sent federal authorities new evidence today that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is falsely passing itself off as a tax-exempt charity and effectively using taxpayer dollars to subsidize its lobbying on behalf of private interests.

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Common Cause Urges Speed Limit on Fast Track Trade Plan

May 7, 2015

Common Cause called on Congress today to adopt a more transparent, balanced, citizen-friendly review process and impose a speed limit on the “fast track” the Obama administration is seeking for action on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest trade deal in U.S. history.

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Common Cause Backs Redistricting Reform Legislation

April 30, 2015

Redistricting reform legislation introduced Thursday in the House of Representatives would break up a system that allows politicians to choose their voters and would foster real two-party competition on Election Day, Common Cause said today.

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Investors and Advocates Push Pfizer for More Transparency

April 23, 2015

Short Hills, NJ: Amid heightened public concern about the influence of big money on elections and decision-making in Congress and state legislatures, Common Cause and the Health Professionals and Allied Employees Union called on Pfizer today to disclose its lobbying activity (including indirect lobbying through trade associations and tax-exempt organizations) and drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial state level lobbying organization.

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Statement by Common Cause President Miles Rapoport on FEC complaints against Jeb Bush, Martin O’Malley, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker

April 1, 2015

It’s disheartening to see men who aspire to our nation’s highest office begin their pursuit of it by collectively flouting the law, but the complaints filed Tuesday at the Federal Election Commission by the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 make a persuasive case that Govs. Bush, O’Malley and Walker and Sen. Santorum have done just that.

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