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Action Alert

Pass the Democracy for All amendment!

When senators return to Washington on September 8, they will vote on the Democracy for All constitutional amendment to get big, special interest money out of our politics. The vote is already scheduled for that very afternoon.
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Events

Demand Disclosure! Rally in Boston to #GetMoneyOut

April 2, 2015

This is an April 2nd rally in Boston on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision that is part of a nationwide call for President Obama to issue an executive order requiring disclosure of campaign spending by federal contractors.

An Evening with Robert Reich - October 21

October 21, 2015 - October 21, 2015

Robert Reich will discuss his new book in a special conversation with Elevation Partners co-founder, Roger McNamee, on Wednesday, October 21 at 8:00 pm, at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. The event is hosted by Live Talks Los Angeles.

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Legislation

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Letters & Testimony

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October 30, 2015

t is not clear under the current rules that the Committee on House Administration has the authority to review, and potentially reject, expenditures from Members’ Representations Allowances (MRAs). Nor is it clear that the Committee or the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House has the authority to periodically audit MRAs for compliance with the Members’ Congressional Handbook and House ethics rules. Thus, even when a Member submits a voucher to the House Finance Office that appears questionable (e.g., the large disbursements to a well- known campaign consultant that were described merely as “staff training” by Rep. Paul Broun’s office and are now the subject of a Department of Justice inquiry), there is no formal process for the Office to question or disapprove the disbursement.

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Multimedia

Citizens United Comes to Colorado

October 17, 2014

Citizens United, yes, that Citizens United has come to Colorado. And they brought their special brand of slimy smear tactics with them. Don't be fooled Colorado!

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Democracy Wire

'We Have a Right to Know'

November 9, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Democracy activists hit Capitol Hill this morning with personal messages from more than 150,000 Americans – including nearly 18,000 Common Causers – who want the Federal Election Commission to require disclosure of the purchasers of online political advertising.

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Press Releases

Senate Intelligence Committee Must Disclose More About Russian Election Attacks

October 4, 2017

Americans deserve to know more about the Russian attack to sway the 2016 presidential race and Congress owes them some answers. Without undermining the investigation or any intelligence assets, Congress needs to share more of its findings with the American people. To date most of what citizens know about the attacks comes from media reports.

Common Cause Commends Introduction of We The People Act by Sen. Udall & Rep. Price

September 27, 2017

At a time when too many Americans do not think they have a meaningful voice in their democracy, when confidence in our institutions is at historic lows, and cynicism at record highs, this democracy reform package is needed more than ever. These reforms are working at the state level, empowering citizens and breaking down barriers to participation for all Americans, irrespective of political party.

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Research & Reports

Report: Legislature Under the Influence; Energy Industry Lobbying

July 13, 2010

Long before BP's Deepwater Horizon well began belching oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP and the rest of the energy industry had turned loose a gusher of cash in Washington, saturating Congress and the federal government's regulatory apparatus. In the last decade alone, big energy has pumped more than $2.9 billion into electing and lobbying federal officials and candidates, according to campaign finance and lobbying disclosure reports.

National_062609_Legislating_Under_The_Influence_Addendum.pdf.pdf

June 26, 2009

As the debate over health care reform rages in Congress, the health care sector is not sitting on the sidelines. So far, the health care sector, including health professionals, hospitals and drug companies have donated $6.8 million to members of the 111th Congress.

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