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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 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.
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.
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.
December 19, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is headed to Iowa. Is he "testing the waters" for a presidential campaign?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Member, National Governing Board, Common Cause,
Emmet Bondurant is a member of the National Governing Board.
Engagement and Development Director, Common Cause Illinois, Common Cause, Development and Membership
Erin Connelly is the Engagement and Development Director for Common Cause Illinois.