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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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Letters & Testimony

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Amici brief

Democratic Governors Association v. Brandi - Amici brief

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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

Common Cause Urges Supreme Court to Reject Stay Request for Order to Redraw North Carolina Congressional Districts

January 17, 2018; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause filed a brief in Common Cause v. Rucho urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a stay request of a federal court ruling which ordered that the North Carolina Legislature redraw the state’s unconstitutionally gerrymandered congressional districts by January 24. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina Middle District ruled last week that the Legislature had unconstitutionally drawn congressional district lines with the intent and effect of creating a severe partisan advantage for one side.

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Press Releases

Common Cause Files Brief in Challenge to Outrageous Partisan Political Gerrymander of Pennsylvania Congressional Districts

January 5, 2018

Today, Common Cause filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in support of a challenge to the state’s extreme partisan political gerrymander. Despite a roughly equal split in votes between the parties in each election since the 2011 redistricting, Republicans have consistently won 13 of the state’s 18 congressional seats. If successful, the case could result in the Court ordering the redrawing of the districts before the 2018 election.

Common Cause Calls for Release of Fusion GPS Congressional Interview Transcripts & More Transparent Process

January 3, 2018

Today, Common Cause urged the three congressional committees that interviewed Fusion GPS employees to release transcripts of the testimony by the opposition research firm. The letters to the Senate Judiciary and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees come in the wake of a New York Times opinion page piece by Fusion GPS founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch outlining a smear campaign against them by President Trump’s defenders, including misleading excerpts from their congressional interview transcripts.

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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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