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June 11, 2015
Common Cause New Mexico invites you to support disclosure and accountability in Albuquerque elections by amending the campaign finance system
July 29, 2014
Learn how you can get politicians and candidates to agree to a "People's Pledge" that will limit campaign spending and negative ads by "independent" super PACs and other groups.
June 18, 2013
Full Text of S. J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment allowing congress to rein in out-of-control political spending
February 5, 2014
To reform the financing of Congressional elections by broadening participation by small dollar donors, and for other purposes.
Letters & Testimony
February 6, 2017
Letter to Committee on House Administration in opposition to HR 133. Our group of 43 organizations and individuals write in strong opposition to HR 133, a bill to terminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund and HR 634, a bill to terminate the Election Assistance Commission.
April 13, 2016
Common Cause Massachusetts 2016 Testimony in Support of S.213, Legislation to Ensure Corporate Accountability to Shareholders in Political Expenditures. Given to Election Laws Committee on April 13, 2016.
FEC Complaint Against Donald Trump For Exceeding Contribution Limits
Democratic Governors Association v. Brandi - Amici brief
March 12, 2018; Press Release, Status Update
Today, Common Cause is filing amended complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to include President Trump himself as well as his personal attorney Michael Cohen for their roles in what appear to be numerous violations of campaign finance law related to the $130,000 hush money payment to Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. Stormy Daniels) just weeks before the 2016 election. The amended filings come in light of new details, in the form of court filings, public statements and published reports, that have emerged since Common Cause filed its original complaints in January.
March 5, 2018; Featured Item, Blog Post
President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Republican National Committee are running an elaborate scheme to skirt federal election laws and use illegal “soft money” contributions for the Trump-Pence reelection campaign, Common Cause charges in complaints filed today.
March 5, 2018
Today, Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that President Trump and his campaign, Vice President Pence and his leadership PAC, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and a number of aides violated numerous campaign finance laws by coordinating “soft money” fundraising and spending with the Super PAC America First Action (AFA) and the dark money group America First Priorities (AFP).
February 20, 2018
Today, Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that American Media, Inc.’s August 2016 payment of $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, to buy and bury her story of an affair with Donald J. Trump, was for the purpose of influencing the 2016 election and was coordinated with Donald Trump’s attorney and agent Michael Cohen—making it an illegal corporate in-kind contribution to the 2016 Trump campaign. Additionally, the payment was never reported as an in-kind contribution received, and an expenditure made, by the campaign as required by campaign finance law.
Research & Reports
February 8, 2016
On the verge of the most expensive election in U.S. history - and six years after the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United decision - Americans are demanding a government that is truly by the people, where every voice is heard and every vote counts
March 19, 2015
This report outlines several frameworks for public financing solutions, gives an overview of the state of public financing in California, and provides additional resources for model public financing bills.