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Action Alert

Call on President Obama to expose secret money!

Voters deserve to know who's spending money in our elections. That's why President Obama should immediately issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.

Call your senators for the Democracy Amendment

When senators return to Washington on September 8, they will vote on the Democracy for All constitutional amendment (S.J. Res. 19) to get big, special interest money out of our politics. The vote is already scheduled for that very afternoon.
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People's Pledge Briefing Call

July 29, 2014

Learn how you can get politicians and candidates to agree to a "People's Pledge" that will limit campaign spending and negative ads by "independent" super PACs and other groups.

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Letters & Testimony

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Amici brief

Democratic Governors Association v. Brandi - Amici brief

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January 18, 2012

Robert Reich clearly and effectively explains how Citizens United came about and why it is dangerous to U.S. politics.

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Democracy Wire

DOJ & FEC Complaints Urge Full Investigation of Apparent Illegal Coordination Between Trump and RNC & Outside Groups

March 5, 2018; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that President Trump and his campaign, Vice President Pence and his leadership PAC, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and a number of aides violated numerous campaign finance laws by coordinating “soft money” fundraising and spending with the Super PAC America First Action (AFA) and the dark money group America First Priorities (AFP).

Common Cause, Allies, Look to Block Covert Attack On Campaign Finance Laws

March 2, 2018; Today In Democracy, Blog Post

As congressional appropriators work to fashion a mammoth spending bill to keep the federal government running, Republican leaders are again trying to use the “must pass” spending legislation to advance their guerilla war against sensible campaign finance laws.

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Press Releases

DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against President Trump, His Campaign & American Media Inc. for Illegal, Unreported $150K Coordinated Expenditure to Former Playboy Playmate

February 20, 2018

Today, Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that American Media, Inc.’s August 2016 payment of $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, to buy and bury her story of an affair with Donald J. Trump, was for the purpose of influencing the 2016 election and was coordinated with Donald Trump’s attorney and agent Michael Cohen—making it an illegal corporate in-kind contribution to the 2016 Trump campaign. Additionally, the payment was never reported as an in-kind contribution received, and an expenditure made, by the campaign as required by campaign finance law.

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Research & Reports

Our Voices, Our Democracy

February 8, 2016

On the verge of the most expensive election in U.S. history - and six years after the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision - Americans are demanding a government that is truly by the people, where every voice is heard and every vote counts

Money Talks: The State of Public Financing in California

March 19, 2015

This report outlines several frameworks for public financing solutions, gives an overview of the state of public financing in California, and provides additional resources for model public financing bills.

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