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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

Common Cause Letter to Virginia State Board of Elections Regarding DRE Voting Machines

September 8, 2017

In a letter this morning to the State Board of Elections, Common Cause emphasized that the DRE voting machines in use in precincts across the state “have multiple security flaws that should render them obsolete.” The machines’ vulnerability “has always been unacceptable, but is even more untenable given recent national security threats to our election infrastructure,” the letter asserted.

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Litigation

Notice of Appeal: Common Cause v. Kemp

March 23, 2017

Plaintiffs Common Cause and the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP hereby appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from the March 17, 2017 Order granting Defendant’s motion to dismiss and the March 17, 2017 Judgment of dismissal.

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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

Trump's DACA Plan Grounded in Dubious Legal Claims

September 8, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

President Trump’s threat to deport about 800,000 young immigrants, many attending U.S. schools, holding jobs, and paying taxes, is based on legally dubious claims that an Obama-era executive order granting them “lawful presence” in the U.S. exceeded the then-president’s authority.

Common Cause Presses FEC, Justice Department to Act on Facebook Ads

September 7, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post

Citing evidence that Russian internet “trolls” placed political ads on Facebook last year, Common Cause today urged the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission to investigate and take legal action against those responsible for the messages.

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Press Releases

Illinois Becomes 10th State to Enact Automatic Voter Registration

August 29, 2017

Today, Illinois became the tenth state, along with the District of Columbia, to successfully enact automatic voter registration (AVR). Governor Bruce Rauner signed into a law a bill that creates more accessible and secure elections by automatically registering voters unless they opt out of the program.

'A Clear and Dangerous Abuse of Power'

August 25, 2017

President Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is a clear and dangerous abuse of power, worthy of censure by Congress.

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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

Communications Workers of America

CWA represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico in 1,200 chartered CWA local unions. In 10,000 communities across the United States, CWA members work in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, education, health care and public service, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields.

Cornell Brooks

Member, National Governing Board, Common Cause,

Cornell Brooks is a member of the National Governing Board.

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