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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

Getting What They Paid For

October 26, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post

President Trump's tax "reform" plan is a return on investment for big money campaign donors

Klobuchar, Warner, McCain Online Transparency Bill Good First Step in Response to Russian Election Attacks

October 19, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Americans have a right to know who is using political advertising to influence their votes and their views. As technology changes and political advertising shifts to online platforms, our transparency laws should keep pace. The recent revelations of Kremlin-connected influence operations on Facebook and Twitter underscore how important it is for Congress to take meaningful action. The bipartisan HONEST Ads Act is a critical step forward in enhancing the transparency of online political advertising. Common Cause commends Senators Klobuchar, Warner and McCain for their strong bipartisan leadership in introducing this important bill to bolster the integrity of our democracy.

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Press Releases

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.

Gov. Snyder Takes Michigan Backwards By Signing Special Interest Campaign Finance Bills

September 20, 2017

Governor Rick Snyder was quick to sign two bills today that will increase the influence of special interests in Michigan. SB 335 and SB 336 are unacceptable attacks on the democratic process by expanding the damage from the Supreme Court’s disastrous 2010 Citizens United decision in Michigan. Common Cause had organized its 30,000 Michigan members to email and call Gov. Snyder, urging him to veto the bills.

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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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