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Grafton, WI June 10, 2014
I closely followed the developing crass story of Watergate and began comprehending the how and the why of legalized bribery, the corruption of government in the USA, and the myth of democracy. ... More
Bainbridge Island, WA June 10, 2014
I was living in DC when I first joined CC. Prior to moving to Bainbridge in 1976, I was the Tuesday night volunteer coordinator. Having worked for 15 years for the "Feds," mostly with the... More
January 13, 2016
This is the full ordinance for the Fair Elections small donor match program introduced to Chicago City Council on January 13, 2016.
January 3, 2013
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, and other entities, and for other purposes.
Common Cause and League of Women Voters Ohio argue in this amicus brief that Ohio's rejection of provisional ballots miscast due to poll worker error violates the Fourteenth Amendment and denies Americans their right to vote due to someone else's mistake.
Kobach et al. v. EAC et al. - Brief of appellants
June 9, 2010
This is the first in a series of highlights from a CC/WI Public Forum held in Middleton, Wisconsin on June 7, 2010. The topic of "Part 1" is the need for disclosure of campaign spending by corporations and other outside interest groups during elections.
June 14, 2010
"Redistricting Reform" is the topic of discussion in this second in a series of highlights from a CC/WI Public Forum held in Middleton, Wisconsin on June 7, 2010.
May 26, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, appears all too ready to deliver the open internet on a silver platter to the highest bidders.
May 25, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
American democracy is becoming a money-making enterprise for wealthy private interests and possibly Russians, according to a panel of lawmakers and public interest advocates who spoke at a press briefing and forum on Capitol Hill this morning.
May 25, 2017
Today, Common Cause and Public Citizen co-hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington – Trump’s Conflicts of Interest and the Americans Who Are Impacted By White House Ethics – with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) serving as honorary co-host. The videotaped event focused on everyday Americans adversely impacted by the Trump Administration’s unprecedented conflicts of interest. President Trump’s conflicts of interest and excessive secrecy come at a cost and that cost is borne by the American People.
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.
Research & Reports
The rapid spread of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in Ohio has been accompanied by a surge in political expenditures by the natural gas industry. From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013, the natural gas industry and companies engaged in fracking gave more than $1.8 million to Ohio elected officials, candidates, and political parties. The industrious lobbyists also reported $43,000 in expenditures in Ohio for 2011-2012. Ohio requires lobbyists to report money spent on gifts, meals, and travel for legislators, but does not require them to report how much compensation they receive from each of their clients.
March 1, 2017
It is important that elected representatives listen to the public in order to ensure that our votes matter. The way district lines are drawn affects how politicians represent constituents’ interests. When communities are kept whole, we have a greater ability to elect candidates of our choice and hold politicians accountable. Having a good representative determines whether your tax dollars are used to serve your community.
5 Ways President Obama's Final State of the Union Won our Hearts
Director of Legislative Affairs, Common Cause, Programs
Aaron Scherb joined Common Cause in May 2013 as the Director of Legislative Affairs to help craft and gain support for various good-governance proposals.
Digital Strategist Fellow, Communications
Aimee Martinez is the Digital Strategist Kairos Fellow for Common Cause. She focuses on digital content creation on the national and state level and digital engagement and outreach strategy.