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Events

Every Vote Counts

August 6, 2015 - August 6, 2015

A Day of Action on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

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In Your Community

It Started in My Apartment

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

It's Destroying our Country

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

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Legislation

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Letters & Testimony

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Litigation

CC, CLC, D21 FEC complaint on Donald Trump Jr

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.

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Multimedia

"Lessons of Watergate" Panel: Watergate, Abuse of Power

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.

10 Swing States: Common Cause Reports on Voting in 2008

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.

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Democracy Wire

And the 'Winner' Is

December 18, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post

PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning news service, has announced that its “Lie of the Year” is President Trump’s repeated claim that Russian meddling in the 2016 election is a “made-up” story.

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Press Releases

Potential Nominee Thomas Brunell Would Politicize 2020 Census

November 21, 2017

Politics have no business in the Census but the Trump Administration’s leading candidate for the deputy director slot at the Census Bureau, Thomas Brunell, would introduce blatant partisan politics into the national headcount. Discontent from Capitol Hill over Brunell’s political partisanship may have scuttled his candidacy for the top slot at the bureau but as deputy director he skirts the confirmation process.

AT&T-Time Warner Merger Violates Antitrust Laws, Politics Should Not Have Had Any Role in DOJ Decision

November 20, 2017

On its face the AT&T-Time Warner merger clearly violates of antitrust law and President Trump’s railing against CNN should not have played any role in the Justice Department’s decision to bring suit. We have always maintained that vertical mergers of content and carriage violate well-established and pro-consumer antitrust principles. Blessing AT&T’s monopolistic bid to acquire Time Warner would harm consumers and the public interest.

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Research & Reports

Unlimited and Undisclosed: The Religious Right's Crusade to Deregulate Political Spending

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.

Whose Government? Whose Voice?

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.

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General Content

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Staff

Emmet Bondurant

Member, National Governing Board, Common Cause,

Emmet Bondurant is a member of the National Governing Board.

Erin Connelly

Engagement and Development Director, Common Cause Illinois, Common Cause, Development and Membership

Erin Connelly is the Engagement and Development Director for Common Cause Illinois.

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