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Common Cause New York's statement on city council reforms reads. in part: 'We have long expressed concern that the centralization of power within the Speaker's office is detrimental to the democratic functioning of the New York City Council.'
Common Cause Maryland supports SB 826, which would require a body that violates the Open Meetings Act to read the violation into the record at their next public meeting and would establish fines for willful violation of the Act.
Today, the Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause provided new evidence to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is falsely claiming tax-exempt status as a charity and that the ExxonMobil Corporation has intentionally misused the organization for nearly two decades to advance its legislative agenda.
All but unnoticed by the public and press, balanced budget activists and an assortment of big money interests are close to triggering a political and governmental crisis in the form of a new constitutional convention, Common Cause argues in a report released today.
“The Dangerous Path. Big Money’s Plan to Shred the Constitution,” examines a decades-old campaign on behalf of a convention under Article V of the Constitution. The unprecedented assembly could re-write the 238-year old Constitution, imperiling civil rights and the system of checks and balances at the heart of the nation’s charter, the report warns.