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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

Activists at Statehouse Urge Gov. Branstad to Veto New Voter Suppression Bill

April 20, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today, local Common Cause activists delivered a petition to Gov. Terry Branstad at the Capitol urging him to veto a new voter suppression bill passed by the legislature. House File 516 requires voters to show specific forms of government-issued identification at the polls and will roll-back early voting opportunities.

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Press Releases

Activists at Statehouse Urge Gov. Branstad to Veto New Voter Suppression Bill

April 20, 2017

Today, local Common Cause activists delivered a petition to Gov. Terry Branstad at the Capitol urging him to veto a new voter suppression bill passed by the legislature. House File 516 requires voters to show specific forms of government-issued identification at the polls and will roll-back early voting opportunities.

Federal Communications Commission Votes Pushes Monopolist Agenda

April 20, 2017

Today, the Federal Communications Commission dealt a body blow to the public interest by votingvoted to entrench monopoly in broadcasting and business broadband, Common Cause said. The FCC majority eliminated price restraints on Business Data Services (BDS), allowing incumbent carriers to charge exorbitant rates on small businesses across the country. In a separate proceeding, the same majority voted to reinstate a legal loophole that broadcasters exploit to monopolize ever more of the airwaves.

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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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