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Don't rush the TPP!

Before Congress reduces its role in crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership to a simple up or down vote, they must craft a Fast Track authorization with concrete objectives, ample time for deliberation, and avenues for the American people to be heard.
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Letters & Testimony

Clean Budget Coalition Opposes FY 2017 Appropriations Riders

February 8, 2016

ppose any FY 2017 appropriations bills which include inappropriate ideological policy riders. appropriations bills have been used before to undermine essential safeguards through “policy riders” – provisions that address extraneous policy issues, and are slipped into appropriations bills to win approval as part of must-pass funding legislation.

Joint Letter to IRS Commissioner Regarding ALEC's 501(c)3 Status

May 12, 2015

Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy write to request an immediate investigation into the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”) for misclassification as a 501(c)(3) organization, in light of the group’s primary purpose to influence the passage of state legislation and operation for the private benefit of its corporate members.

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Bob Edgar on Bill Moyers Journal - Part 1

December 2, 2008

Part 1 - Common Cause president and CEO Bob Edgar sits down with Bill Moyers and Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, to discuss whether real change can be brought to Washington.

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Democracy Wire

'Our Children Are Showing Us...'

March 14, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post

As thousands olf students spoke out about the epidemic of gun violence, Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn hailed the example they're setting for the entire country.

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Research & Reports


August 1, 2013

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has raised and spent an estimated $4 million in funds from its corporate backers since 2006 to pay for state lawmakers' trips to meet with corporate CEOs and lobbyists at ALEC sponsored events at posh retreats, according to internal ALEC documents and other investigative work.


April 20, 2013

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, serves as a voice for corporate special interests in state legislatures across the country, including Arizona . Through ALEC, corporate lobbyists draft, vote on, lobby for, and secure passage of a wide array of ALEC - approved bills designed to promote corporate interests. Numerous ALEC legislators vote as equals with corporate lobbyists and special interest group representatives on ALEC “model” bills , during ALEC task force meetings held behind closed doors at fancy resorts, and then use their elective offices and leadership positions in statehouses to get the ALEC agenda made into binding state law.

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