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In Your Community

A Threat to Democracy Itself

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

Apathy is Our Greatest Enemy

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

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Legislation

Chicago Fair Elections Ordinance

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.

DISCLOSE 2013 Act

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.

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Litigation

SEIU v. Husted

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.

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Multimedia

Campaign Finance Reform Public Forum in Middleton, WI (Part 1)

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.

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Democracy Wire

Forum Spotlights Trump Administration's Ethics Deficit

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.

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Press Releases

VIDEO: Everyday Americans Pay the Price for Trump Conflicts of Interest

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.

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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Research & Reports

Deep Drilling Deep Pockets

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.

Activist Handbook on Redistricting Reform

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.

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General Content

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Staff

Aaron Scherb

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.

Aimee Martinez

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.

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