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President Obama: We deserve transparency

Trade agreements affect every American, and we all deserve a transparent and open process. But hundreds of private corporate interests have been given special access to influence the deal's outcome, access denied the American people.
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Letters & Testimony

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DC Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion

April 15, 2014

DC Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion in Common Cause v. Biden, Common Cause's lawsuit to stop the unconstitutional 60-vote filibuster rule in the Senate

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Bob Edgar on Bill Moyers Journal - Part 2

December 3, 2008

Part 2 - 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.

Impeach Gonzales

July 29, 2011

Common Cause President Bob Edgar calls for the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

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Democracy Wire

This Is Not a Sprint. It's a Marathon

November 20, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post

Common Cause North Carolina recently honored longtime members Barbara and Tom Coulson as "Champions of Democracy"

Tax Bill Amendment Offers Another Giveaway to the Rich

November 9, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

The American people do not expect that their charitable contributions will be used for partisan political ends. The tax bill amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and passed on a party-line vote expands the bill’s previous rollback of the Johnson Amendment – buried more than 400 pages into the legislation – to now allow all charities to enter partisan politics, including well-funded front groups like the American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC). This takes the bill beyond just a massive giveaway to the nation’s billionaire class to now allow wealthy special interests to manipulate the charitable sector for partisan political ends, all with a subsidy from American taxpayers.

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Press Releases

New Allegations of Tax Code Violations by Exxon and ALEC Filed with IRS

October 6, 2016

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.

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Research & Reports


August 3, 2011

Some of the nation's largest and richest companies, including Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Koch Industries and AT&T, have joined forces to invest millions of dollars each year to promote the careers of thousands of state legislators and secure passage of legislation that puts corporate interests ahead of the interests of ordinary Americans.

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