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Call your senators: Stop Jeff Sessions

The Department of Justice's mission is simply too important to turn over to someone like Jeff Sessions. Call your senators today and demand that they oppose his nomination.
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Events

PAY 2 PLAY Santa Fe Screening & Panel Discussion

August 26, 2017 - August 26, 2017

Please join Common Cause New Mexico for a free public screening of the documentary PAY 2 PLAY, followed by a brief interactive panel discussion on the impact of big money in politics and solutions we can implement on the state and local levels.

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In Your Community

I Care

East Greenwich, RI June 10, 2014

I believe in a quaint Judeo-Christian-Hindu-Muslim, etc. idea that social justice is an absolute necessity for civic life. I care about what I do and what is done in my name for "the least of... More

I Want My Vote to Mean Something

Killeen, TX June 10, 2014

I believe that our country's elections should be: "We the people!" Basing our elections on corporation donations that are not accountable or restricted to open disclosure or a maximum amount of... More

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Legislation

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February 3, 2014

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Time Off to Vote Act

June 13, 2013

To provide employees with 2 hours of paid leave in order to vote in Federal elections.

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Litigation

Facebook DOJ Complaint

September 7, 2017

Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential election in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

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Multimedia

"Lessons of Watergate" Keynote: Democracy in Crisis, Then and Now - Robert Reich

March 15, 2013

Robert Reich is the chairman of Common Cause's National Governing Board and was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration. This keynote speech was given on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

"Lessons of Watergate" Keynote: Inspirations for Future Reform - John Nichols

March 15, 2013

John Nichols is a Washington correspondent for "The Nation" magazine. Have we come full circle? John Nichols takes a closing look at the lessons -- and inspirations -- the Watergate crisis offers. Did we miss opportunities then, and will we seize them now? This keynote speech was given on March 14, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

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Democracy Wire

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; Press Release, Status Update

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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Press Releases

$150,000 in Russian Facebook Political Ads Necessitate Immediate FEC Response

September 6, 2017

Today’s revelations that fake accounts in Russia bought approximately $150,000 in political ads on Facebook demands a complete and immediate response from the Federal Election Commission. The Commission’s intransigence on the issue of curbing the threat of foreign influence in our elections must stop now as this is likely only the tip of the iceberg.

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Research & Reports

Optimizing the Voter Experience

August 2, 2016

California's declining voter turnout is cause for concern, warranting significant and immediate action. In order to reduce the more than 40% of registered voters who do not currently vote because of process, time, or scheduling constraints, state legislators should look to modernize elections and improve the voting experience for all.

Our Voices, Our Democracy

February 8, 2016

On the verge of the most expensive election in U.S. history - and six years after the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision - Americans are demanding a government that is truly by the people, where every voice is heard and every vote counts

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General Content

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Staff

Center for Media and Democracy

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a boutique investigative research and reporting group with a demonstrated capacity to break major news stories and highlight the work of advocates. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, it is a national, non-profit watchdog organization, founded in 1993. CMD's niche is investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations and front groups on public policy, including PR campaigns, lobbying, and electioneering. CMD's original reporting helps educate the public and aids grassroots action about policies affecting people’s lives—their rights and the health of our democracy.

Center for Responsive Politics

The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government.

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