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Automatic Voter Registration Pledge

With more than two million Illinoisans eligible to vote but not registered, it is clear that the time has come for Automatic Voter Registration in our state. Both California and Oregon have adopted Automatic Voter Registration systems, and more than 7 million residents have been registered to vote as a result. Illinois should be next!
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Events

Spotlight on California Awards

December 1, 2017

This year, we are proud to shine a spotlight on California leaders, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Secretary of State Alex Padilla & Senator Ben Allen, who significantly advanced ethics, transparency, campaign finance, and electoral reform in California.

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In Your Community

Constant Vigilance

Bellevue, WA June 10, 2014

Thanks for asking!

10,000 or so years of human civilization and we've finally figured out democracy it the best way to run a society. Good news: democracy is fair and just. Bad news: it... More

Elections are Being Bought

Austin, TX June 10, 2014

Elections are being bought. The people doing this have a very harmful agenda. They are attacking the rights of more and more segments of our society. The war on women opened my eyes and... More

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Legislation

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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

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Democracy Wire

FCC Vote Kneecaps Local Media by Clearing Way for Massive Mergers like Sinclair-Tribune

November 16, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Even for this craven FCC majority, today’s vote to bless more media consolidation represents an awful new low. The FCC just wiped away time-tested and common sense safeguards that promote vibrant local media by ensuring voters have access to competing sources of news. By blessing consolidation this majority has ensured newsroom redundancy, meaning fewer working journalists to hold the powerful to account. And if that were not enough, let Big Broadcast get even bigger means cable customers nationwide will pay higher bills.

FEC Bows to Pressure and Votes to Open Rulemaking for Online Political Ad Disclosure

November 16, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Americans expect and deserve to know who is bankrolling the political ads that follow them around the internet. In the wake of revelations about Russian use of internet ads to sway the 2016 presidential race, Common Cause and 17,945 members and supporters made that expectation very clear to the FEC, filing comments with the agency last week. In total, more than 150,000 Americans spoke out in comments and petitions with the agency—an FEC rulemaking record.

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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

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.

Individual and PAC Giving to Women Candidates

December 8, 2016

With the support of a Network Grant from the Democracy Fund, Representation2020 has teamed up with the Center for Responsive Politics and Common Cause Education Fund to research PAC and donor giving to male and female candidates and to devise strategies to challenge them to set targets for the percentage - or overall amount - that they give to women candidates. The following report is designed to create greater transparency on how political giving affects the universe of viable candidates, to draw attention to the key gatekeeper role played by major campaign funders and to design strategies that encourage donors, PACs, political parties and others to reexamine how and when they give to female candidates.

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General Content

Bequest

Through your will, you can specify that some or all of your assets benefit Common Cause. After your lifetime, the asset(s) you specify will pass to Common Cause and your estate could take a charitable deduction for the amount of your bequest.

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Staff

Alan Wiersba

Member, National Governing Board, Common Cause,

Mr. Wiersba has been involved with Common Cause for 20 years, focusing on mitigating the effects of special interest money in politics.

Allegra Chapman

Director of Voting and Elections, Programs

Allegra Chapman is Common Cause's Director of Voting and Elections

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