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ABQ PAY 2 PLAY Screening Event

September 30, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Join Common Cause New Mexico for a screening of the documentary PAY 2 PLAY at the Guild Cinema on 9/30.

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Letters & Testimony

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Amici brief

May 13, 2014

Democratic Governors Association v. Brandi - Amici brief

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Common Cause CNN Clip 112008.wmv

November 22, 2008

Take action at CNN clip on lobbyists buying access to newly-elected lawmakers, featuring interview with Common Cause President Bob Edgar.

Common Cause delivers petitions to the Department of Justice

March 22, 2011

Common Cause delivered more than 32,000 petitions to the Department of Justice on March 22 calling for a Justice Department investigation of Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. We want to know whether Scalia and Thomas should have recused themselves from the Citizens United case because of their participation in secret political strategy meetings with Koch Industries.

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Democracy Wire

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Press Releases

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.

Groups Urge Senators to Carefully Scrutinize FEC Nominee’s Controversial Record

September 27, 2017

Today, ten organizations urged Senators to carefully weigh the highly controversial record of James E. “Trey” Trainor III, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In a letter to the full Senate, the groups emphasized that Trainor, a Texas campaign finance attorney who served as counsel to the president’s campaign committee, has taken a number of hostile stances against existing campaign finance laws.

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Research & Reports

Common Cause Education Fund Report: Lending Industry and the Financial Crisis

September 24, 2008

This report, the latest in the Ask Yourself Why series, is about how the lending industry has prevented the government from doing more to prevent the current financial crisis or help families who have been hurt by it. It discusses the connection between the lobbying and campaign contributions of mortgage bankers and brokers and Congress' failure to stop or even respond forcefully to one of the biggest financial crisis in recent history.

Report: Campaign Contributions By Tobacco Interests Annual Report: September 2007-2

December 4, 2007

This annual report provides detailed updates of the tobacco industry's campaign contributions to sitting members of Congress, candidates for federal office, political parties, leadership PACs and other political action committees. The report also provides additional information on the tobacco companies' political influence, including analyses of the correlation between these contributions and the tobacco-related legislation that members of the U.S. Congress support.

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