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Events

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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Legislation

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Letters & Testimony

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Litigation

Amici brief

May 13, 2014

Democratic Governors Association v. Brandi - Amici brief

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Multimedia

Common Cause CNN Clip 112008.wmv

November 22, 2008

Take action at http://www.commoncause.org/OurAlterna... 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

Victory: City of Seattle’s Innovative Public Financing System Will Stand

November 3, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today, the city of Seattle’s democracy voucher program has been upheld as constitutional. The Superior Court of the State of Washington for King County issued an opinion finding that the city’s pioneering public financing system is a valid tool for the city government to foster citizen involvement in elections, which is a goal “vital to a self-governing people.”

Special Interest Tax Giveaway Also Thrusts the Pulpit into Politics

November 2, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Buried in the final pages of the tax bill’s handouts to deep-pocketed special interests is a troubling provision that would allow houses of worship to actively engage in partisan politicking. For more than a half century the Johnson Amendment has prohibited 501(c)(3)s, including religious organizations, from participating in political campaigns. If this bright line is removed the abuses will inevitably follow and the loopholes will be expanded. Overwhelmingly members of the clergy support the Johnson Amendment prohibition on political activity but there will inevitably be bad actors and money will change hands for endorsements and more. The mixing of partisan politics, religion and money would not end well and has no business in this legislation.

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Press Releases

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.

Facebook Campaign Spending Draws FEC Complaints from Common Cause

September 26, 2017

Today Common Cause filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Michael Waddell, the host of the hunting show “Bone Collector”, and a Wisconsin businessman made illegal undisclosed independent expenditures in connection with the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns of Donald Trump. Additionally, Waddell appears to have made excessive in-kind contributions during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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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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