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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

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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

Tax Bill Amendment Offers Another Giveaway to the Rich

November 9, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

The American people do not expect that their charitable contributions will be used for partisan political ends. The tax bill amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and passed on a party-line vote expands the bill’s previous rollback of the Johnson Amendment – buried more than 400 pages into the legislation – to now allow all charities to enter partisan politics, including well-funded front groups like the American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC). This takes the bill beyond just a massive giveaway to the nation’s billionaire class to now allow wealthy special interests to manipulate the charitable sector for partisan political ends, all with a subsidy from American taxpayers.

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Press Releases

Special Interest Tax Giveaway Also Thrusts the Pulpit into Politics

November 2, 2017

Buried in the final pages of the tax bill’s handouts to deep-pocketed special interests is a troubling provision that would allow houses of worship to actively engage in partisan politicking. For more than a half century the Johnson Amendment has prohibited 501(c)(3)s, including religious organizations, from participating in political campaigns. If this bright line is removed the abuses will inevitably follow and the loopholes will be expanded. Overwhelmingly members of the clergy support the Johnson Amendment prohibition on political activity but there will inevitably be bad actors and money will change hands for endorsements and more. The mixing of partisan politics, religion and money would not end well and has no business in this legislation.

Guilty Plea & Indictments Against Trump Campaign Officials Show Need to Safeguard Mueller’s Russia Investigation

October 30, 2017

Today’s guilty plea by Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian nationals with ties to high-level Kremlin officials during the campaign and the indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates, hammer home the need to allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to run its course without interference.

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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 American Progress

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. As progressives, we believe America is a land of boundless opportunity, where people can better themselves, their children, their families, and their communities through education, hard work, and the freedom to climb the ladder of economic mobility. We believe an open and effective government can champion the common good over narrow self-interest, harness the strength of our diversity, and secure the rights and safety of its people. And we believe our nation must always be a beacon of hope and strength to the rest of the world. Progressives are idealistic enough to believe change is possible and practical enough to make it happen.

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.

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