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Litigation

Van Hollen v. FEC Amicus Brief

July 27, 2012

Common Cause and partners speak out against a FEC rule change that would let secret donors stay secret, setting a lower standard for disclosure than even Citizens United.

Van Hollen v. FEC Amicus Brief

April 20, 2012

Common Cause and partners speak out against a FEC rule change that would let secret donors stay secret, setting a lower standard for disclosure than even Citizens United.

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Multimedia

Common Cause protests the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Anti-Corruption Day

December 10, 2010

On Anti-Corruption Day, Common Cause joined with other groups to protest outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building. The Chamber funneled money from the largest corporations and foreign entities into the 2010 election, buying politicians and swaying the vote with advertising.

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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.

Tax Bill Amendment Offers Another Giveaway to the Rich

November 9, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

The American people do not expect that their charitable contributions will be used for partisan political ends. The tax bill amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and passed on a party-line vote expands the bill’s previous rollback of the Johnson Amendment – buried more than 400 pages into the legislation – to now allow all charities to enter partisan politics, including well-funded front groups like the American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC). This takes the bill beyond just a massive giveaway to the nation’s billionaire class to now allow wealthy special interests to manipulate the charitable sector for partisan political ends, all with a subsidy from American taxpayers.

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Press Releases

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.

Late Facebook Response Does Not Remove Responsibility Congress and Regulators to Increase Transparency

September 21, 2017

Americans have a right to know who is trying to influence their vote—whether hostile foreign nations like Russia, corporate front groups, or wealthy special interests. Facebook’s announcement this afternoon that it shared evidence of fake Facebook accounts and Russian political ads with Special Counsel Mueller and Congressional investigators was slow in coming but it is a step forward as are the broad brushstroke descriptions of their new policies.

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Research & Reports

National_102307_Report_Subprime_Loans.pdf

October 23, 2007

This update report is part of a series of reports showing how American families are harmed by special interest campaign donations. This report shows nearly $242 million spent by mortgage industry may be part of the answer.

National_050707_Report_Mortgage_Rates_and_Lobbying_2.pdf

May 7, 2007

While investing nearly $210 million on Washington lobbying and campaign contributions, the mortgage lending industry for seven years successfully blocked Congress from taking action to restrict lending abuses that saddled economically vulnerable families with home mortgages they could not afford. In 2006 alone, foreclosure filings across the country were up 42 percent compared to 2005�a total of 1.2 million homes in jeopardy, or one in every 92 homes. And foreclosures continue to mount in 2007, with March foreclosure filings up 47 percent compared to the year before.

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