$150,000 in Russian Facebook Political Ads Necessitate Immediate FEC Response
September 6, 2017
Today’s revelations that fake accounts in Russia bought approximately $150,000 in political ads on Facebook demands a complete and immediate response from the Federal Election Commission. The Commission’s intransigence on the issue of curbing the threat of foreign influence in our elections must stop now as this is likely only the tip of the iceberg.
Kid Rock has been running for Senate all summer long, violating federal law
September 1, 2017
In a complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice, Common Cause accuses Kid Rock of violating federal election laws by acting as a Senate candidate while failing to register his candidacy, comply with contribution restrictions and publicly disclose contributions to his campaign.
Illinois Becomes 10th State to Enact Automatic Voter Registration
August 29, 2017
Today, Illinois became the tenth state, along with the District of Columbia, to successfully enact automatic voter registration (AVR). Governor Bruce Rauner signed into a law a bill that creates more accessible and secure elections by automatically registering voters unless they opt out of the program.
Justice Gorsuch Should Reconsider Plan to Speak at Trump-branded Hotel
August 29, 2017
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch risks violating judicial ethics if he follows through on plans to deliver a keynote speech at a “Defending American Freedom” luncheon next month at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Common Cause warned today.
'A Clear and Dangerous Abuse of Power'
August 25, 2017
President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is a clear and dangerous abuse of power, worthy of censure by Congress.
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.
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.
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.
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.”