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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

Common Cause v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

July 14, 2017

--- The nonpartisan good government watchdog group Common Cause filed suit to protect the privacy rights of voters, specifically seeking to prevent “the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans,” by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration.

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

Common Cause & Voting Rights Institute File SCOTUS Brief in Challenge to Texas Racial Gerrymander

April 4, 2018; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause and the Voting Rights Institute filed an amici brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Abbott v. Perez, in support of a challenge to Texas legislative districts twice found by lower courts to be discriminatory racial gerrymanders perpetrated by the state Legislature. The maps drawn after the 2010 Census, were initially found to violate the Voting Rights Act by a U.S. District Court in 2011 but were reinstituted by the Legislature in 2013 without change.

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Press Releases

MEMO: The Stormy Daniels Lawsuit and Its Legal Implications for President Trump - What You Need To Know 

March 7, 2018

Last night, NBC News reported that adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, aka “Stormy Daniels,” is suing President Trump for violating their nondisclosure agreement created shortly before the 2016 election. The lawsuit filed by Clifford adds new information that underscores arguments Common Cause made in its January 2018 complaints to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging the hush money payment was a violation of federal campaign finance law.

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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

David Vance

National Media Strategist, Communications

David Vance is the National Media Strategist for Common Cause. He works with staff at the national and state level generate media to amplify the voice and strategically advance the democracy reform agenda of the national organization and its 35 state offices.

Elena Nunez

Executive Director, Colorado Common Cause, Common Cause, State Staff

Elena Nunez is the Director of State Operations & Ballot Measure Strategies

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