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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 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.
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.
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.
April 5, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post, Status Update
Gerrymander Gazette - April 5, 2018
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.
March 9, 2018
Common Cause is part of a coalition of groups urging a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission decision that threatens the survival of minority-owned media outlets.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Director, Colorado Common Cause, Common Cause, State Staff
Elena Nunez is the Director of State Operations & Ballot Measure Strategies