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Call on President Obama to expose secret money!

Voters deserve to know who's spending money in our elections. That's why President Obama should immediately issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.

Call your senators for the Democracy Amendment

When senators return to Washington on September 8, they will vote on the Democracy for All constitutional amendment (S.J. Res. 19) to get big, special interest money out of our politics. The vote is already scheduled for that very afternoon.
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Events

People's Pledge Briefing Call

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.

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Legislation

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Letters & Testimony

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Litigation

Amici brief

Democratic Governors Association v. Brandi - Amici brief

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Multimedia

Amend.US

January 18, 2012

Robert Reich clearly and effectively explains how Citizens United came about and why it is dangerous to U.S. politics.

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Democracy Wire

Senate Intelligence Committee Must Disclose More About Russian Election Attacks

October 4, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Americans deserve to know more about the Russian attack to sway the 2016 presidential race and Congress owes them some answers. Without undermining the investigation or any intelligence assets, Congress needs to share more of its findings with the American people. To date most of what citizens know about the attacks comes from media reports.

Common Cause Commends Introduction of We The People Act by Sen. Udall & Rep. Price

September 27, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

At a time when too many Americans do not think they have a meaningful voice in their democracy, when confidence in our institutions is at historic lows, and cynicism at record highs, this democracy reform package is needed more than ever. These reforms are working at the state level, empowering citizens and breaking down barriers to participation for all Americans, irrespective of political party.

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Press Releases

Common Cause Commends Introduction of We The People Act by Sen. Udall & Rep. Price

September 27, 2017

At a time when too many Americans do not think they have a meaningful voice in their democracy, when confidence in our institutions is at historic lows, and cynicism at record highs, this democracy reform package is needed more than ever. These reforms are working at the state level, empowering citizens and breaking down barriers to participation for all Americans, irrespective of political party.

Facebook Campaign Spending Draws FEC Complaints from Common Cause

September 26, 2017

Today Common Cause filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Michael Waddell, the host of the hunting show “Bone Collector”, and a Wisconsin businessman made illegal undisclosed independent expenditures in connection with the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns of Donald Trump. Additionally, Waddell appears to have made excessive in-kind contributions during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Research & Reports

Our Voices, Our Democracy

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

Money Talks: The State of Public Financing in California

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.

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