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March 2, 2017 - March 3, 2017
On March 2-3, Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center, and Duke University’s Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS) are co-hosting a daylong conference highlighting efforts around the country to end the undemocratic practice of drawing legislative districts for political advantage, also known as “gerrymandering.” Panel discussions will feature leaders of national and state advocacy campaigns to reform our broken redistricting system. Ahead of their publication in Election Law Journal, winners of Common Cause’s “Gerrymander Standard” writing competition will discuss their innovative ideas to create a judicial standard for measuring political gerrymanders.
July 29, 2014
Learn how you can get politicians and candidates to agree to a "People's Pledge" that will limit campaign spending and negative ads by "independent" super PACs and other groups.
In Your Community
Portland, OR June 10, 2014
My dad handed this down to me, I guess my mom and dad, this idea of contributing a little extra for our democracy. That's how I learned about Common Cause, as a child.More
Lagrangeville, NY June 10, 2014
I came to CC based on concern about our nation: the deterioration of social justice, wealth & income inequality, environmental degradation, big money influence on gov't, gridlock in gov't, the... More
June 18, 2013
A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.
February 25, 2013
A bill to require Senate candidates to file designations, statements, and reports in electronic form.
Democratic Governors Association v. Brandi - Amici brief
FEC Complaint Against Donald Trump For Exceeding Contribution Limits
February 25, 2014
Part 4: "Q&A with the Audience and Closing Remarks" 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.
November 22, 2009
Category Nonprofits & Activism License Standard YouTube License
August 9, 2017; Blog Post
Ohio has the opportunity to lead the way again and improve democracy by mandating partisan fairness in the drawing of congressional districts. Only 11 states explicitly prohibit partisan gerrymandering or have some protection against drawing districts for political advantage.
August 7, 2017; Press Release, Status Update
The Trump-Russia investigation and Special Counsel Mueller must be protected. Activists across the country are banding together in a campaign entitled Trump Is Not Above the Law in support of Mueller and to push back —via media work, actions in states, questions at town halls this August and more -- against any effort to remove him or interfere with the special counsel investigation. This network of activists is present in over 180 locations around the nation, has more than 200 initial point persons and is growing daily.
July 21, 2017
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who joined forces with Common Cause and other organizations to put the clamps on partisan gerrymandering in his home state, will be the headline speaker at a Capitol Hill luncheon on redistricting reform today.
July 20, 2017
President Trump’s latest remarks to the New York Times concerning what he calls “the Russia thing” are an abuse of his power and his responsibility to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
Research & Reports
September 22, 2016
Millennials are active but not voting; what's stopping them and how can they make their voices count? Read the full report at youthvoting.net
September 6, 2016
The Scorecard provides data on every member of Congress based on their sponsorship or co-sponsorship of bills that would tighten disclosure requirements for political contributions and spending and bust the power of big money in our elections by creating a special public fund to supplement small-dollar contributions from individuals.
In February 2016, Common Cause and the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP brought suit against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp for illegally purging eligible Georgia voters from the state voter list.
Agenda for the 2016 Blueprint Conference Plutocracy, Its Consequences, and the Fight for Democracy
Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Administration
Bette Marchant is Common Cause's chief financial officer (CFO).
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution — part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group, part communications hub — the Brennan Center seeks meaningful, measurable change in the systems by which our nation is governed.