Press Releases

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Open Internet

A Great Day for the Internet – and for Democracy

February 26, 2015

The FCC has delivered a powerful one-two punch for Internet users and for the kind of open, robust debate that is vital to a successful democracy. Thanks to today’s action on net neutrality, candidates of every party and advocates of every cause can be assured of equal access to our electronic town square. And because the commission has moved to protect the development of community-owned broadband networks, commercial Internet service providers have a powerful new incentive to offer fast, reliable service at a reasonable cost.

Ethics in Government

Report Finds that Vast Majority of New York State Lawmakers Have No Outside Jobs or Make Little Income from those Jobs

February 23, 2015

A coalition of government reform organizations today urged that Governor Cuomo and State Lawmakers agree on strict, new limits on legislators’ outside income. As part of their call, the groups issued a report, “Serving Two Masters: Conflicts of Interest in Albany,” which argued that New York should follow the restrictions applied to Congress.

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FCC Sending Encouraging Signs on Community Broadband

February 2, 2015

Growing signs that the Federal Communications Commission is poised to put its muscle behind the development of community-owned and operated broadband networks are uncommonly good news for Internet users, Common Cause said today.

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.

Big Money Out

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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