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November 19, 2015 - November 19, 2015
Help fight for Fair Elections in Chicago! We will be collecting signatures from supporters of campaign finance reform at the intersection of Clark/Broadway/Diversey and the surround areas.
October 22, 2015 - October 22, 2015
Robert Reich will discuss his new book: Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.
Letters & Testimony
December 14, 2015
November 4, 2015
The appropriations legislation necessary to implement the FY 2016 budget agreement is expected to be considered in the coming weeks
September 7, 2017
Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential election in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.
July 1, 2014
In an amici brief authored by the Campaign Legal Center, amici Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, Justice at Stake and the Campaign Legal Center argue that Montana’s federal district court wrongly struck down the states longstanding direct contribution limits to candidates.
November 18, 2010
Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, asks whether Senators are on the side of voters and democracy, or on the side of big-money corporate interests trying to buy our elections.
October 15, 2012
Common Cause President Bob Edgar draws upon his decades of working for social justice and social change to make a bold appeal to all Americans for a clean environment and clean elections.
November 9, 2017; Press Release, Status Update
Today, Common Cause and 17,945 members and supporters filed formal comments urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to open a rulemaking to update its rules by requiring online political advertisements to include “paid for by” information just like TV, radio and print ads.
November 9, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post
Common Cause is calling on Congress to delay any vote on the president’s tax plan until the president releases his tax returns.
November 2, 2017
Buried in the final pages of the tax bill’s handouts to deep-pocketed special interests is a troubling provision that would allow houses of worship to actively engage in partisan politicking. For more than a half century the Johnson Amendment has prohibited 501(c)(3)s, including religious organizations, from participating in political campaigns. If this bright line is removed the abuses will inevitably follow and the loopholes will be expanded. Overwhelmingly members of the clergy support the Johnson Amendment prohibition on political activity but there will inevitably be bad actors and money will change hands for endorsements and more. The mixing of partisan politics, religion and money would not end well and has no business in this legislation.
October 19, 2017
Americans have a right to know who is using political advertising to influence their votes and their views. As technology changes and political advertising shifts to online platforms, our transparency laws should keep pace. The recent revelations of Kremlin-connected influence operations on Facebook and Twitter underscore how important it is for Congress to take meaningful action. The bipartisan HONEST Ads Act is a critical step forward in enhancing the transparency of online political advertising. Common Cause commends Senators Klobuchar, Warner and McCain for their strong bipartisan leadership in introducing this important bill to bolster the integrity of our democracy.
Research & Reports
September 19, 2014
The millions of dollars spent by fossil fuel corporations on elections, largely through dark money front groups, over the last decade is a prime example of how unlimited campaign spending can silence speech. Massive political spending by a network of fossil fuel special interest groups has not only succeeded in stopping federal legislation on climate change, but has also led many members of Congress to go silent on the issue altogether.
October 16, 2012
In June 2011, in Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, the United States Supreme Court invalidated the trigger funds provisions in Arizona's public campaign financing program. Arizona's trigger funds provision provided additional public funds to publicly financed candidates who were outspent by privately financed opponents and/or independent groups.