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Letters & Testimony
September 9, 2015
Reform Groups Letter to IRS On Improper 501(c)4 Regulations
July 29, 2015
Revisiting IRS Targeting: Progress of Agency Reforms and Congressional Options
October 9, 2013
Common Cause VP of Communications Mary Boyle speaks at a rally against money in politics on the day of oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC - October 8, 2013
August 26, 2008
Longtime news anchor Dan Rather talks about media, big money, and its effect on news coverage and the war at the Big Tent in Denver during the DNC.
November 7, 2017; Press Release, Status Update
Today, Common Cause will release a new report - “Putin, Trump and Democracy’s Slippery Slope Toward Oligarchy”- that examines Russia’s attacks on the 2016 presidential election, the continuing threats to our democracy and solutions to address these threats. It also examines how the campaign and Administration of Donald Trump have harnessed our system’s weaknesses to their political and personal benefit.
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.”
September 20, 2017
Today, Common Cause and the Campaign Legal Center filed an amici brief in Washington State’s King County Superior Court in Elster v. City of Seattle in support of the city’s campaign finance voucher program. The brief makes clear that the Seattle program is consistent with a host of other citizen-funded elections programs upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court since campaign finance reforms were enacted in the wake of the Watergate scandals to curb the buying and selling of influence in the halls of government.
September 7, 2017
Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential election in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.
Research & Reports
March 20, 2006
One of the underhanded tactics increasingly being used by telecom companies is "Astroturf lobbying" � creating front groups that try to mimic true grassroots, bu t that are all about corporate money, not citizen power. This report attempts to shine a light on some of the telecom industry's devious Astroturf campaigns, as well as their funding of think tanks for "research" that supports the industry's agenda.
February 13, 2006
Common Causes lobbying disclosure report for 2005 as per the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.