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Blow the whistle on ALEC!

The IRS needs to investigate ALEC and hold its corporate members accountable for lobbying under the guise of charity.
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Fairness For All

Washington, PA June 10, 2014

I believe in fairness for all. I have seen our rights eroded for over 31 years now and everyday there is more evidence that ordinary Americans' rights are being pushed aside in favor of... More

Fight Oligarchy

Seattle, WA June 10, 2014

We support Common Cause to slow America's quickening glide toward oligarchy. Income inequality, enabled by the flood of money into politics which redistributes income and capital to the top is... More

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H.J. RES. 34

March 12, 2013

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to restore the rights of the American people that were taken away by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case and related decisions, to protect the integrity of our elections, and to limit the corrosive influence of money in our democratic process.

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League of Women Voters v. North Carolina - Complaint

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CC/WI Testimony against WI Assembly Bill 225 - June 4, 2013

June 4, 2013

Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, gives testimony to the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections against Assembly Bill 225 at a public hearing in the Wisconsin State Capitol. AB 225 is a sweeping package of proposed campaign finance, voting and election "deforms" that would make campaign spending less transparent, expand lobbyist campaign contributions, and burden Wisconsin voters with the most restrictive and extreme voting law in the nation.

Common Cause in WI Public Forum in Madison on 2/17/2014 - Part 1

February 25, 2014

Part 1: "Introductions and an Overview of the Issues" Scott Milfred and Jay Heck Despite a snowstorm that day, 85 Madison-area citizens and students attended a public forum at Edgewood College on campaign finance and election reform issues in Wisconsin. Topics included redistricting reform, voter photo ID, disclosure of money in politics, and more. This event is one in a series of forums Common Cause in Wisconsin holds across the state each year. Panelists included: State Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center), State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison), Andrea Kaminski, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of WI, Conservative activist and blogger David Blaska, and CC/WI Executive Director Jay Heck; Moderated by Scott Milfred, Editorial Page Editor of the Wisconsin State Journal

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Democracy Wire

Drip, Drip, Drip...

April 12, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post

Common Cause filed new complaints today against President Trump, his 2016 campaign organization, and the publisher of the National Enquirer, seeking investigations of whether a $30,000 payment by the publishing company to a Trump Tower bellman in 2015 was an illegal campaign contribution.

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Press Releases

Common Cause & Voting Rights Institute File SCOTUS Brief in Challenge to Texas Racial Gerrymander

April 4, 2018

Today, Common Cause and the Voting Rights Institute filed an amici brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Abbott v. Perez, in support of a challenge to Texas legislative districts twice found by lower courts to be discriminatory racial gerrymanders perpetrated by the state Legislature. The maps drawn after the 2010 Census, were initially found to violate the Voting Rights Act by a U.S. District Court in 2011 but were reinstituted by the Legislature in 2013 without change.

Sinclair Broadcasting’s Forced Propaganda Offers Yet Another Reason FCC Should Reject Tribune Media Purchase

April 2, 2018

Sinclair’s latest plan to force its local stations to air must-run segments criticizing other news outlets is another example of the company masking its editorialized content with trusted local broadcasters. President Trump’s tweet dismissing opposition to Sinclair’s destruction of local news shows how big media uses its money and power to influence our elected officials.

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Research & Reports

Protecting The Vote In 2016

October 26, 2016

Election Day is the one day when every American’s voice is equal. We look at how voting systems in 11 swing states protect this ideal.

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General Content

Celebrate our victory over Big Money!

Citizens took action to restore balance to our democracy in Maine, Ohio, and Seattle Call on presidential candidates to follow their lead and start talking solutions!


Comments by Common Cause submitted to various federal agencies.

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Bette Marchant

Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Administration

Bette Marchant is Common Cause's chief financial officer (CFO).

Bilal D. Sekou, PhD

Member, National Governing Board, Common Cause,

Bilal Dabir Sekou is an Associate Professor of Political Science in Hillyer College at the University of Hartford. His research interests are race and politics, urban politics, and campaigns, elections, and voting behavior.

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