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"Lessons of Watergate" Keynote: It Takes a Scandal - Russ Feingold

March 15, 2013

The Honorable Russ Feingold is a former Democratic Senator from Wisconsin and the founder of Progressives United. From the Watergate debacle, to the scandals that ushered in the McCain-Feingold reforms, to the potential corruption unleashed by the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United, Sen. Feingold shares his insights on the struggle to confront the corrupting power of big money in elections after Watergate and identifies opportunities for advancing a reform agenda in the current political and legal landscape. This keynote speech was given on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info

"Lessons of Watergate" Panel: Congressional Oversight and Media Scrutiny

March 15, 2013

The actions taken by Congress and the courts and the response of an independent press to uncover the full extent of the Watergate abuses were unprecedented in our nation's history. Featuring: Moderator: Al Hunt -- executive Washington editor of Bloomberg News � Francis O'Brien -- chief of staff to chair, House Judiciary Committee � Terry Lenzner - assistant counsel, Senate Watergate Committee � Jack Farrell -- Investigative journalist, "Richard Nixon: An American Tragedy" (forthcoming) This panel took place on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

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New Report: “Putin, Trump and Democracy’s Slippery Slope Toward Oligarchy”

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.

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Special Interest Tax Giveaway Also Thrusts the Pulpit into Politics

November 2, 2017

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.

Guilty Plea & Indictments Against Trump Campaign Officials Show Need to Safeguard Mueller’s Russia Investigation

October 30, 2017

Today’s guilty plea by Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos for lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian nationals with ties to high-level Kremlin officials during the campaign and the indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates, hammer home the need to allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to run its course without interference.

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