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In Your Community
Oklahoma City, OK June 10, 2014
The first organizational meeting for Common in Oklahoma was held in my apartment in 1973. At that time OK had no open meeting requirement or ethics commission. We were instrumental in getting... More
Portland, OR June 10, 2014
I truly believe that the vast sums of money in our political systems is destroying our country. There has always been corruption but it has become untenable. I support Common Cause because it is... More
Letters & Testimony
October 18, 2017
We are writing to express our concern that the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee appears not to have properly managed what is likely a massive surplus fund leftover from the Trump Inauguration more than nine months ago.
October 18, 2017
We urge you to oppose re authorization of one of the most expansive and unaccountable mass surveillance laws in American history: Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.
July 13, 2017
Today Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) supplementing a complaint filed by Common Cause on Monday. The expanded complaint alleges that Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort illegally solicited a contribution from a foreign national, and that Kushner, Manafort and Rob Goldstone illegally assisted Donald Trump Jr. in soliciting an illegal political contribution from a foreign national on behalf of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign.
May 9, 2017
Voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit today against California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for its failure to offer federally mandated voter registration opportunities to millions of Californians.
March 15, 2013
The abuse of Presidential power uncovered 40 years ago tested the strength of our democracy. What happened during Watergate, why was it so important, and what was extraordinary about the response? Panelists shared their perspectives and first-hand accounts of their Watergate experiences, followed by discussion and Q & A. Featuring: � Moderator Tim Naftali - director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 2007-2011 � Hon. Elizabeth Holtzman -- member, House Judiciary Committee during Watergate � Hon. William S. Cohen --member, House Judiciary Committee during Watergate � Jill Wine-Banks -- assistant special prosecutor, Watergate Task Force � Daniel Ellsberg -- military analyst, co-author of the Pentagon Papers This panel took place 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.
September 17, 2008
Common Cause Vice President Tova Wang describes "Voting in 2008: 10 Swing States" what, if any, progress has been made since 2006 in seven battleground states: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin and three additional states - Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia, whose new status as possible swing states�and potential for election administration difficulties�have made them newly relevant.
November 9, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post
Common Cause is calling on Congress to delay any vote on the president’s tax plan until the president releases his tax returns.
November 8, 2017; Press Release, Status Update
The Wisconsin Legislature’s vote yesterday to call a constitutional convention under Article V leaves the nation in a perilous position, just six states shy of calling a convention that could lead to the rewrite of the U.S. Constitution.
October 19, 2017
Americans have a right to know who is using political advertising to influence their votes and their views. As technology changes and political advertising shifts to online platforms, our transparency laws should keep pace. The recent revelations of Kremlin-connected influence operations on Facebook and Twitter underscore how important it is for Congress to take meaningful action. The bipartisan HONEST Ads Act is a critical step forward in enhancing the transparency of online political advertising. Common Cause commends Senators Klobuchar, Warner and McCain for their strong bipartisan leadership in introducing this important bill to bolster the integrity of our democracy.
October 11, 2017
“This madcap threat, if pursued, would be blatant and unacceptable intervention in the decisions of an independent agency. The law does not countenance such interference."
Research & Reports
February 25, 2015
Over the past decade, America has undergone a radical deregulation of political spending, with courts rolling back restrictions on corporate spending in place for nearly a century and dismantling the sweeping post-Watergate reforms enacted by Congress and the states in the 1970s. While this dramatic shift follows changes in the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, the litigation groundwork that made it possible was laid by large conservative Christian organizations under the legal leadership of James Bopp.
January 13, 2015
This Common Cause report explores five key issue areas where unfettered political spending and influence have blocked progress on solutions that large, bipartisan majorities of Americans support.
Digital Associate, Common Cause, Communications
Christina Monroe is the Digital Associate for Common Cause.
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