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Events

An Evening with Robert Reich - October 21

October 21, 2015 - October 21, 2015

Robert Reich will discuss his new book in a special conversation with Elevation Partners co-founder, Roger McNamee, on Wednesday, October 21 at 8:00 pm, at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. The event is hosted by Live Talks Los Angeles.

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In Your Community

Strengthen Our Community

Houston, TX June 10, 2014

I like what Common Cause stands for which is bringing change to the way the U.S. Government operates. The issues I love getting involve in are national security, immigration, civil rights,... More

The City on the Hill

Carlisle, PA June 10, 2014

I've taught for a number of years and came to realize that few understand our political system and how it is supposed to work. It is truly a work in progress and is far from perfect. Despite... More

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Legislation

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Letters & Testimony

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 a political contribution from a foreign national—in the form of opposition research information he believed would be damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

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Litigation

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Multimedia

Amend 2012

January 18, 2012

Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, the same big corporations and billionaires that destroyed our economy and caused millions of us to lose our jobs and homes, are spending obscene amounts to drown out our voices in elections and take over our government. But together, "We the People" can set things right. Stand with Robert Reich and join the movement for a constitutional amendment today.

Amend.US

January 18, 2012

Robert Reich clearly and effectively explains how Citizens United came about and why it is dangerous to U.S. politics.

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Democracy Wire

Study: Trump Is Dividing Americans

December 11, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Nearly half of Americans say President Trump’s policies pose a greater threat to the nation than those of either major political party, according to a national poll released last week.

ALEC Honoree Arrested Packing Handgun At Denver Airport

December 8, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post

A not-so-funny thing happened to Colorado State Rep. Lori Saine late Tuesday as she prepared to fly from Denver to the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Nashville.

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Press Releases

Tax Bill Amendment Offers Another Giveaway to the Rich

November 9, 2017

The American people do not expect that their charitable contributions will be used for partisan political ends. The tax bill amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and passed on a party-line vote expands the bill’s previous rollback of the Johnson Amendment – buried more than 400 pages into the legislation – to now allow all charities to enter partisan politics, including well-funded front groups like the American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC). This takes the bill beyond just a massive giveaway to the nation’s billionaire class to now allow wealthy special interests to manipulate the charitable sector for partisan political ends, all with a subsidy from American taxpayers.

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Research & Reports

National_080113_Report_ALEC_Funded_Lawmaker_Trips.pdf

August 1, 2013

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has raised and spent an estimated $4 million in funds from its corporate backers since 2006 to pay for state lawmakers' trips to meet with corporate CEOs and lobbyists at ALEC sponsored events at posh retreats, according to internal ALEC documents and other investigative work.

National_042013_ALEC_in_Arizona.pdf

April 20, 2013

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, serves as a voice for corporate special interests in state legislatures across the country, including Arizona . Through ALEC, corporate lobbyists draft, vote on, lobby for, and secure passage of a wide array of ALEC - approved bills designed to promote corporate interests. Numerous ALEC legislators vote as equals with corporate lobbyists and special interest group representatives on ALEC “model” bills , during ALEC task force meetings held behind closed doors at fancy resorts, and then use their elective offices and leadership positions in statehouses to get the ALEC agenda made into binding state law.

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General Content

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Staff

Jenny Rose Flanagan

Vice President for State Operations, Common Cause, State Staff, Programs

Jenny Rose Flanagan is VP for State Operations

Jesse Littlewood

Director, Digital, Communications

Jesse Littlewood is Common Cause’s Director of Digital.

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