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We, the undersigned groups who collectively represent thousands of Virginians, strongly urge you to send HB 2070, and its identical companion bill SB1424, back to the General Assembly with amendments to significantly strengthen the bills.
Our organizations and civic leaders urge the House of Representatives to amend congressional ethics rules to close a loophole that allows access to the House floor for some former members-turned-lobbyists during ceremonial events, such as the State of the Union address.
Along with a large bipartisan coalition, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-WI), former Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), and Common Cause are urging presidential and congressional candidates, as well as the media, to dedicate Wednesday, September 17 Constitution Day to constitutional issues and the importance of restoring the rule of law
On Monday night in Philadelphia’s historic Independence Hall, John McCain and Joe Biden, fiercely partisan adversaries who hoped to be president, showed off a friendship that transcends politics on Monday and recalled a time when Democrats and Republicans in Washington could put country over party to actually get things done.
At a time when too many Americans do not think they have a meaningful voice in their democracy, when confidence in our institutions is at historic lows, and cynicism at record highs, this democracy reform package is needed more than ever. These reforms are working at the state level, empowering citizens and breaking down barriers to participation for all Americans, irrespective of political party.
In a complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice, Common Cause accuses Kid Rock of violating federal election laws by acting as a Senate candidate while failing to register his candidacy, comply with contribution restrictions and publicly disclose contributions to his campaign.