Press Releases

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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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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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