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Stop secret attack ads!

We deserve to know who is trying to influence our vote. But decisions like Citizens United have opened the door for wealthy special interests to flood the airwaves with negative ads, without even disclosing who they are.
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Letters & Testimony

Political Broadcasting & Sponsorship Identification

October 28, 2015

We call upon the FCC to take immediate action to enforce the public file and sponsorship identification requirements of Sections 315 and 317 of the Communications Act with respect to advertisements relating to political campaigns and political matters of public importance. The matter is urgent because the 2016 election campaign is already underway, and state and local primary elections will begin in a few months.

Joint Letter to President Obama on Net Neutrality

August 13, 2014

A letter written by former FCC Commissioner and special advisor to Common Cause's Media and Democracy Reform Initiative Michael Copps and Free Press President & CEO Craig Aaron urging President Obama to support reclassification of broadband internet as a common carrier utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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Multimedia

Net Neutrality Decision Day

December 17, 2010

The Federal Communications Commission must step up to protect consumer interests and preserve the Open Internet in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling jeopardizing the easy access to popular websites and applications enjoyed by millions of Americans, Common Cause said today. Take action!

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Democracy Wire

FCC Vote Kneecaps Local Media by Clearing Way for Massive Mergers like Sinclair-Tribune

November 16, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Even for this craven FCC majority, today’s vote to bless more media consolidation represents an awful new low. The FCC just wiped away time-tested and common sense safeguards that promote vibrant local media by ensuring voters have access to competing sources of news. By blessing consolidation this majority has ensured newsroom redundancy, meaning fewer working journalists to hold the powerful to account. And if that were not enough, let Big Broadcast get even bigger means cable customers nationwide will pay higher bills.

Poll: Most Americans Believe Our Political System Is Broken

November 13, 2017; Featured Item, Status Update

An overwhelming majority of Americans are profoundly troubled about the condition of our democracy, even as their faith in democratic ideals remains strong, according to a recent Washington Post – University of Maryland poll.

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Press Releases

FEC Bows to Pressure and Votes to Open Rulemaking for Online Political Ad Disclosure

November 16, 2017

Americans expect and deserve to know who is bankrolling the political ads that follow them around the internet. In the wake of revelations about Russian use of internet ads to sway the 2016 presidential race, Common Cause and 17,945 members and supporters made that expectation very clear to the FEC, filing comments with the agency last week. In total, more than 150,000 Americans spoke out in comments and petitions with the agency—an FEC rulemaking record.

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Research & Reports

Citizens Speak: The Real World Impacts of Media Consolidation

October 24, 2006

A report which begins: 'The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently reopened its review of media ownership rules, and is widely expected to approve changes this year that will allow big media companies to get even bigger.'

National_102406_Report_Tale_of_Five_Cities_Media_Consolidation.pdf

October 24, 2006

For more than 30 years, the Federal Communications Commission has had a rule in place that prevents one company from owning both the local newspaper and the local TV station in one community. The reasons behind the ban on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership are clear: A single owner deprives a community of important diverse sources of news, information and opinion.

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