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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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Events

Spotlight on California

November 30, 2016

Join us as we Celebrate the 2016 accomplishments, with a Post-Election Analysis to lay the foundation for 2018.

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In Your Community

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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Legislation

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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Litigation

McCutcheon v. FEC

In an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court, Common Cause and partners, represented by the Campaign Legal Center, speak out in support of the limit on the aggregate limit of campaign contributions to federal candidates and political committees. The brief argues that striking down the limit would turn "a blind eye to the real world consequences of eliminating the longstanding aggregate limits "�_ and disregard(s) the ways the limits continue to advance the governmental interest in preventing corruption and the appearance of corruption.

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Multimedia

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

In Seattle Common Cause & CLC File Brief in New Challenge to Citizen-Financed Elections

September 20, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause and the Campaign Legal Center filed an amici brief in Washington State’s King County Superior Court in Elster v. City of Seattle in support of the city’s campaign finance voucher program. The brief makes clear that the Seattle program is consistent with a host of other citizen-funded elections programs upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court since campaign finance reforms were enacted in the wake of the Watergate scandals to curb the buying and selling of influence in the halls of government.

Gerrymandering, Voter ID Laws Put Fair Representation At Risk

September 20, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

In a panel discussion on Tuesday a Virginia state legislator and representatives of the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) shared insights on challenges to democracy.

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Press Releases

Municipal Elections in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral Postponed Due to Impact of Hurricane Irma on Lee County Voters

September 19, 2017

Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order on September 15, 2017, postponing municipal elections in Ft. Myers and Cape Coral to October 3, 2017, following an appeal by Common Cause Florida, State Voices Florida, the League of Women Voters Florida and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to delay these elections because of the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on Lee County voters.

Common Cause Florida, State Voices Florida, League of Women Voters Florida and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Call on Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, to Postpone Elections this Month Due to Devastating Impact of Hurricane Irma upon Florida Voters

September 14, 2017

Today, Common Cause Florida, State Voices Florida, the League of Women Voters Florida and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, appeal to Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, to postpone municipal and statehouse elections scheduled in the coming weeks due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on the State of Florida and Florida voters.

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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

Comments by Common Cause submitted to various federal agencies.

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Staff

Alliance for Justice

Alliance for Justice is a national association of over 100 organizations, representing a broad array of groups committed to progressive values and the creation of an equitable, just, and free society.

Americans for Campaign Reform

Americans for Campaign Reform is a community of citizens who believe passionately that public funding is the single most critical long-term public policy issue our nation faces. What’s at stake are nothing less than the health of our democracy, the quality of our leadership, and our government’s ability to tackle the serious problems that affect us all: health care, energy policy, education, the environment and the economy.

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