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Action Alert

Overturn Citizens United

The court has allowed major corporations and other special interests to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into our elections, effectively buying up chunks of our federal, state and local governments. It's time to choke off this corrupting flow of money. To do that, we need a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and declare that only people are people.

Overturn Citizens United!

It's time to choke off this corrupting flow of money. To do that, we need a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and put democracy back in OUR hands.
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Fair Elections Pledge Event

November 19, 2015 - November 19, 2015

Help fight for Fair Elections in Chicago! We will be collecting signatures from supporters of campaign finance reform at the intersection of Clark/Broadway/Diversey and the surround areas.

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Letters & Testimony

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Facebook DOJ Complaint

September 7, 2017

Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential election in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Lair v. Motl Amici Brief

July 1, 2014

In an amici brief authored by the Campaign Legal Center, amici Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, Justice at Stake and the Campaign Legal Center argue that Montana’s federal district court wrongly struck down the states longstanding direct contribution limits to candidates.

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Bob Edgar Talks Fracking, Money In Politics

October 15, 2012

Common Cause President Bob Edgar draws upon his decades of working for social justice and social change to make a bold appeal to all Americans for a clean environment and clean elections.

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Democracy Wire

Big Win on a Tuesday Night

February 14, 2018; Blog Post, Status Update

Common Cause New Mexico supports Fix It America, which is now heading back to the House for concurrence after passing the Senate!

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Press Releases

DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against Trump Campaign for Failure to Report $130K Hush Money Payment

January 22, 2018

Today, Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the payment of $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. Stormy Daniels), through an LLC, was an unreported in-kind contribution to President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign committee in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

FEC Bows to Pressure and Votes to Open Rulemaking for Online Political Ad Disclosure

November 16, 2017

Americans expect and deserve to know who is bankrolling the political ads that follow them around the internet. In the wake of revelations about Russian use of internet ads to sway the 2016 presidential race, Common Cause and 17,945 members and supporters made that expectation very clear to the FEC, filing comments with the agency last week. In total, more than 150,000 Americans spoke out in comments and petitions with the agency—an FEC rulemaking record.

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Research & Reports

Silencing Science

September 19, 2014

The millions of dollars spent by fossil fuel corporations on elections, largely through dark money front groups, over the last decade is a prime example of how unlimited campaign spending can silence speech. Massive political spending by a network of fossil fuel special interest groups has not only succeeded in stopping federal legislation on climate change, but has also led many members of Congress to go silent on the issue altogether.

Report: Overview of Post-Arizona Free Enterprise Policy Alternatives

October 16, 2012

In June 2011, in Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, the United States Supreme Court invalidated the trigger funds provisions in Arizona's public campaign financing program. Arizona's trigger funds provision provided additional public funds to publicly financed candidates who were outspent by privately financed opponents and/or independent groups.

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