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Call on President Obama to expose secret money!

Voters deserve to know who's spending money in our elections. That's why President Obama should immediately issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.
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Events

People's Pledge Briefing Call

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.

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In Your Community

For Our Democracy

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.

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Future Generations

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

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Legislation

S.J. RES.19

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.

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Litigation

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Multimedia

Common Cause in WI Public Forum in Madison on 2/17/2014 - Part 4

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.

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Democracy Wire

Common Cause Files Ethics Complaint Over State Department Promotion of Trump Mar-a-Lago Club

April 25, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause filed a complaint with the office of Government Ethics and the U.S. Department of State calling for an investigation into the latter’s publication of an article promoting Mar-a-Lago, which the article refers to as the ‘Winter White House’ owned and operated by President Trump as a private club. The ethics complaint concerns an article the State Department’s ShareAmerica website published profiling the history of the Trump property and describing the Palm Beach club—which doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 after his election—in glowing terms. The article was subsequently circulated by multiple U.S. embassies, including on the website of the U.S. Embassy in the United Kingdom and on the Facebook page of the U.S. Embassy in Albania. Federal ethics rules prohibit government employees from endorsing “any product, service or enterprise.”

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Press Releases

FCC Chairman Pai Abandoning Diversity Advisory Committee

April 24, 2017

It is unnecessary and harmful for Chairman Pai to replace the FCC's Diversity Advisory Committee, which for years drew on the expertise of diversity experts to generate valuable and vetted proposals to advance important diversity initiatives. Commission leadership from both parties too-often ignored that committee's proposals. But instead of reconstituting that committee and finally acting on its many extant recommendations, Chairman Pai has chosen to ignore it and create a new committee which will take months or longer to organize, meet, and come up with proposals. Given the Trump Administration’s track record of business friendly appointments, Pai is likely to select committee members who put corporate interests ahead of diversity. Shameful. It is decades beyond time for serious action to help minorities and women in media ownership. Pai's announcement is a serious step backwards.

Federal Communications Commission Votes Pushes Monopolist Agenda

April 20, 2017

Today, the Federal Communications Commission dealt a body blow to the public interest by votingvoted to entrench monopoly in broadcasting and business broadband, Common Cause said. The FCC majority eliminated price restraints on Business Data Services (BDS), allowing incumbent carriers to charge exorbitant rates on small businesses across the country. In a separate proceeding, the same majority voted to reinstate a legal loophole that broadcasters exploit to monopolize ever more of the airwaves.

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Research & Reports

Democracy Scorecard Full Report

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.

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General Content

Conference Agenda

Agenda for the 2016 Blueprint Conference Plutocracy, Its Consequences, and the Fight for Democracy

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Staff

Bette Marchant

Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Administration

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

Brennan Center for Justice

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.

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