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Supreme Court Again Rejects Challenge to “Soft Money” Contribution Limits

May 22, 2017

Politicians and party committees have repeatedly challenged the McCain-Feingold law’s soft money ban and the Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected these challenges. Again today, the Court recognized the potential for corruption from unlimited contributions to party committees and affirmed a lower court decision in Republican Party of Louisiana v. FEC upholding the soft money ban as applied to state political party committees. It is however troubling to see the newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, join with Justice Thomas in unsuccessfully urging their colleagues to schedule the soft money challenge for oral argument.

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White House Blocks OGE’s Ability to Enforce Ethics Rules

May 22, 2017

The White House move to block the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) from collecting waivers granted by Trump Administration nominees to work in fields where they recently lobbied is an outrage and part of a disturbing pattern. OGE was created in the wake of the Watergate scandal to monitor ethics compliance, but the Trump Administration is denying it the ability to do so. The OGE is charged with ensuring government compliance with ethical standards and it must be allowed to perform that duty.

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FCC Proposal Would Gut Open Internet

May 18, 2017

Today's proposal, if approved, will cut the open internet off at the knees. The majority at the Commission has invited a few telecom giants to design and control our communications future and relegates consumers and innovators to passive recipients of what the big boys deign to provide us. This is exactly the opposite of how the internet was supposed to function, with citizens empowered to frequent the sites and services of their choice - not subject to corporate censorship or slow lanes.

Special Counsel Appointment is the Correct First Step, But An Independent Commission Is Still Needed

May 17, 2017

The voices of millions of Americans, from all parties and every point on the political spectrum, have been heard tonight. The appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation of Russia’s interference in our election and possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is a positive, necessary first step in response to their demands for an independent investigation.

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James Comey Should Testify Publicly, Memo and Tapes Could Reveal Obstruction of Justice

May 16, 2017

The conduct of President Trump alleged in media reports appear to represent the commission of a felony by Donald Trump. If true, The New York Times report that President Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation of Michael Flynn would constitute obstruction of justice which is an impeachable offense. The accusations must be fully investigated by an independent commission and a special prosecutor.

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Trump Makes the Case for Independent Probe of Russia Ties

May 16, 2017

Common Cause has been arguing for months for an independent investigation of President Trump’s connections to Russia and possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian efforts to disrupt last year’s election. The president has now made the case for us

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Corrine Brown Fraud Deprived Children in Need & Betrayed Her Constituents

May 11, 2017

Today’s verdict confirms that Congresswoman Brown exploited the generosity of her constituents, other Floridians and contributors outside the state to enrich herself with funds those donors understood would provide scholarships for needy students. Her disgraceful conduct betrayed her solemn promise to “bear true faith and allegiance” to the Constitution and “faithfully discharge the duties” of her office.

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Trump Voting Commission a Sham and a Diversion

May 11, 2017

President Trump’s election integrity commission is a sham and an attempt to distract from the both the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election and blowback the White House is receiving for firing FBI Director Comey. To launch an election commission at any time on voter fraud would be throwing away resources in a search for mythical creatures – problems that don’t exist – while failing to address the real problems in our elections systems: suppressive tactics. To investigate any election problems at this juncture while denying and ignoring the Russian attack on the presidential election, moreover, is irresponsible and a slap in the face to the American people who want and deserve to know what happened.

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Yates and Clapper Testimony & Attacks on French Election Further Prove Need for Independent Commission on Russia Attacks

May 9, 2017

As more key witnesses testify before Congressional committees it is becoming increasingly clear that only an independent commission can do a credible investigation of the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential investigation. In a new letter to Congress sent today, Common Cause urged Member to convene an independent body with the power and will to follow the investigation wherever it leads.

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Sinclair-Tribune Merger a Blow to Nation's Civic Dialogue

May 8, 2017

Sinclair's acquisition of Tribune Broadcasting is expected and disappointing. Expected because the new FCC majority is foaming at the mouth to rubber stamp more massive media mergers; and disappointing because Sinclair is not known for the best journalism in the land, to put it mildly. Our nation’s civic dialogue suffers yet another blow with this merger.

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Common Cause Files Ethics Complaint Over State Department Promotion of Trump Mar-a-Lago Club

April 25, 2017

Today, Common Cause filed a complaint with the office of Government Ethics and the U.S. Department of State calling for an investigation into the latter’s publication of an article promoting Mar-a-Lago, which the article refers to as the ‘Winter White House’ owned and operated by President Trump as a private club. The ethics complaint concerns an article the State Department’s ShareAmerica website published profiling the history of the Trump property and describing the Palm Beach club—which doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 after his election—in glowing terms. The article was subsequently circulated by multiple U.S. embassies, including on the website of the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom and on the Facebook page of the U.S. Embassy in Albania. Federal ethics rules prohibit government employees from endorsing “any product, service or enterprise.”

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House Oversight Committee’s Request of Trump Documents Encouraging but America Needs More

April 24, 2017

The House Oversight Committee has requested information from President Trump’s lawyer concerning the “implementation and timing of the Trump Organization’s announced plans to donate profits of foreign government payments to the U.S. Treasury.” The U.S. Constitution forbids government officers from receiving emoluments (gifts or money) from foreign governments and officials. The Trump Organization announced the plan in January but has offered no supporting materials to date.

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