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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

Common Cause, Allies, Look to Block Covert Attack On Campaign Finance Laws

March 2, 2018; Today In Democracy, Blog Post

As congressional appropriators work to fashion a mammoth spending bill to keep the federal government running, Republican leaders are again trying to use the “must pass” spending legislation to advance their guerilla war against sensible campaign finance laws.

Wisdom Beyond Their Years

February 26, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post

Americans who’ve given up on our democracy should take a lesson from the outpouring of student activism following the massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Press Releases

Tax Bill Amendment Offers Another Giveaway to the Rich

November 9, 2017

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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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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