Domestic Terrorist Attack Must Have Full Attention of DOJ & FBI
August 13, 2017
The Justice Department and FBI must investigate yesterday’s riots in Charlottesville for what they are – an act of domestic terrorism. These agencies must throw their full weight behind their investigations of this act of white supremacists terrorism and not treat it as an isolated incident. If they treat yesterday as an isolated incident, more terrorist acts will surely follow.
Common Cause Georgia Names Sara Henderson its New Executive Director
August 10, 2017
Today, Common Cause announced that Sara Henderson has been named Executive Director of Common Cause Georgia where she has worked as Policy Director since January. Sara brings years of political and grassroots experience to the position and has lived in Georgia for more than three decades.
Common Cause Ohio Condemns DOJ Flip-Flop to Support Ohio Voter Roll Purges
August 9, 2017
Common Cause Ohio’s response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s filing of an amicus brief in Husted v. A Phillip Randolph Institute, supporting Ohio effort to conduct voter roll purges if the have not voted in the last two years.
Mueller Must Be Protected
August 7, 2017
The Trump-Russia investigation and Special Counsel Mueller must be protected. Activists across the country are banding together in a campaign entitled Trump Is Not Above the Law in support of Mueller and to push back —via media work, actions in states, questions at town halls this August and more -- against any effort to remove him or interfere with the special counsel investigation. This network of activists is present in over 180 locations around the nation, has more than 200 initial point persons and is growing daily.
Trump Administration Must Give Mueller and Grand Jury a Wide Berth & Full Cooperation
August 3, 2017
The impaneling of a grand jury to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election hammers home the imperative that the Trump Administration must not interfere with Robert Mueller’s investigation or that of the grand jury. Regardless of whether the President wants to continue to call Russian election interference “fake news,” he and his Administration must take this criminal investigation seriously and offer investigators their full cooperation.
Statement from the Election Modernization Coalition re: Chelsea Collaborative v. Galvin
July 25, 2017
The Election Modernization Coalition's official statement regarding the Superior Court decision that ruled the 20-day registration period unconstitutional.
Capitol Hill Luncheon to Spotlight Redistricting Reform
July 21, 2017
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who joined forces with Common Cause and other organizations to put the clamps on partisan gerrymandering in his home state, will be the headline speaker at a Capitol Hill luncheon on redistricting reform today.
President Trump's 'Dereliction of Duty'
July 20, 2017
President Trump’s latest remarks to the New York Times concerning what he calls “the Russia thing” are an abuse of his power and his responsibility to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
Gerrymander Meander 2: What Were They Thinking?
July 17, 2017
Scores of people came out Sunday for a unique protest against gerrymandering in Maryland. The event, the “Gerrymander Meander 2,” visited four different restaurants in four congressional districts - all inside Baltimore County.
Common Cause Sues to Protect Voters Under Privacy Act
July 14, 2017
The nonpartisan good government watchdog group Common Cause filed suit today to protect the privacy rights of voters, specifically seeking to prevent “the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans,” by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration.
Trump, Jr., Kushner, Manafort Violated Foreign Solicitation Ban, Watchdogs Allege in Complaints
July 13, 2017
Today Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) supplementing a complaint filed by Common Cause on Monday. The expanded complaint alleges that Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort illegally solicited a contribution from a foreign national, and that Kushner, Manafort and Rob Goldstone illegally assisted Donald Trump Jr. in soliciting an illegal political contribution from a foreign national on behalf of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign.
Before Annual ALEC Conference, New Report Exposes Secretive Group’s Political Influence in Colorado
July 12, 2017
Just days before the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund released a new report uncovering the recent influence of the secretive special interest lobbying group in the Colorado legislature.
Net Neutrality Day of Action: Statement of Michael Copps former FCC Commissioner & Common Cause Special Advisor
July 11, 2017
The Trump Administration's fake net neutrality scheme is a ridiculous illustration of the price we pay for the outrageous influence of money in politics.
Donald Trump Jr. E-mails Are Smoking Gun Confirming Illegal Solicitation from Foreign National
July 11, 2017
If these e-mails are not a hoax, they are the smoking gun showing that Donald Trump Jr. illegally solicited a contribution from a foreign national—in the form of opposition research against Hillary Clinton—as our complaints yesterday alleged.
DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Campaign for Illegal Solicitation of Contribution from Foreign National
July 10, 2017
Today, Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Donald Trump Jr., in his role with the Trump campaign, illegally solicited information he was told was damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
In Putin Meeting Trump Reportedly Moves on Quickly from 2016 Russian Election Attack
July 7, 2017
It is troubling President Trump appears more comfortable talking to President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors than to the American people about the well-documented intrusion by Russia into US elections in 2016. The attack on our democracy by the Russian government appears to have been given short shrift during the meeting.
Resignation of Federal Ethics Chief Another Troubling Sign for Trump White House
July 6, 2017
The resignation of Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub is another troubling sign for the ethically-challenged Trump White House.
Rhode Island Becomes 9th State to Enact Automatic Voter Registration Since 2015
June 30, 2017
Today, Rhode Island became the ninth state, along with the District of Columbia, to successfully pass legislation to enable automatic voter registration (AVR). The bill passed by the General Assembly, and headed to Governor Gina Raimondo for signing, could allow eligible voters to automatically register to vote when they interact with state agencies. Since 2015, states have passed or adopted measures that could add millions of eligible voters to the rolls in Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Oregon, Vermont, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
DOJ & Pence-Kobach Commission Voter Roll Requests Raise Red Flags
June 30, 2017
The Pence-Kobach Commission’s and Department of Justice’s letters seeking information from election administrators are telling signs of a coordinated, partisan effort to remove eligible voters from registration rolls.
Speaker Ryan Urged to Enforce Rep. Nunes’ Recusal from Russia Investigation in Light of New Threats
June 28, 2017
Today, Common Cause urged Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) to force House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) to fully recuse from the committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election after Nunes threatened to “take the investigation over.”
Common Cause Urges Sean Spicer to Make White House Accountable to the American People and Allow Cameras Back Into the Daily Press Briefings
June 27, 2017
Today, Common Cause urged White House communications director Sean Spicer to return to established norms and allow cameras and live audio feeds at daily White House press briefings.
Common Cause Praises Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation into Russian Cyber Attacks on US Elections; Urges Action to Prepare for Future Threats
June 23, 2017
Today, Common Cause praised the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the Russian government’s cyber attacks on the U.S. election infrastructure and urged the Committee to make recommendations which would safeguard the United States from future attacks.
Voting Rights Advancement Act Needed in Wake of Attacks on Voting Rights
June 22, 2017
The fundamental right of every American to vote has been under attack since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in its Shelby County decision. It is more than symbolic that today’s reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act comes just days before the fourth anniversary of that decision; it is desperately needed to stem the rising tide of voter intimidation and suppression efforts enacted across the country.
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Landmark Redistricting Case Challenging Partisan Gerrymander
June 19, 2017
The Supreme Court's decision this morning to hear Gill v. Whitford is good news for the millions of Americans currently being denied the right to elect representatives of their choosing thanks to partisan gerrymandering. By upholding the decision of a three-judge federal panel that the Wisconsin State Assembly map legislators approved following the 2010 census is an illegal partisan gerrymander the Court can end the excessive partisan manipulation of district lines across the country. Common Cause v. Rucho, a challenge to North Carolina's congressional map on partisan grounds, is also making its way through the courts and will be heard by a three-judge panel on June 26.
Pennsylvanians Challenge Partisan Gerrymandering of Congressional Districts in New Lawsuit
June 15, 2017
The Public Interest Law Center filed a lawsuit in state court today on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and individual voters challenging the state’s congressional districts as an illegal partisan gerrymander. League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of a series of suits nationwide challenging extreme partisan gerrymanders that have left millions of Americans with no opportunity to elect the candidates of their choice. Plaintiffs in the Pennsylvania suit argue that the state’s congressional map violates the Pennsylvania Constitution. Common Cause Pennsylvania, a leader in the Fair Districts PA coalition, played a key role in the recruitment of several individual plaintiffs. An individual plaintiff lives in each of the state’s 18 congressional districts.