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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.
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.
November 22, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update
The Trump administration appears ready to install a gerrymandering advocate in the number two job at the Census Bureau.
November 21, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post
Twenty-three years ago, as Secretary of Labor, Common Cause National Chair Robert Reich warned of a coming threat to our democracy.
November 21, 2017
Politics have no business in the Census but the Trump Administration’s leading candidate for the deputy director slot at the Census Bureau, Thomas Brunell, would introduce blatant partisan politics into the national headcount. Discontent from Capitol Hill over Brunell’s political partisanship may have scuttled his candidacy for the top slot at the bureau but as deputy director he skirts the confirmation process.
November 21, 2017
The reckless wrecking ball strikes again. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s scorched-earth plan for net neutrality displays callous disregard for both process and substance. The Chairman’s plan to do away with net neutrality will be a disaster for consumers and yet another handout for big business.
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.
July 12, 2017
New Colorado Common Cause and Common Cause Education Fund report exposes ALEC's secret influence in the Colorado legislature.
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.