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Overturn Citizens United

The court has allowed major corporations and other special interests to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into our elections, effectively buying up chunks of our federal, state and local governments. It's time to choke off this corrupting flow of money. To do that, we need a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and declare that only people are people.

Overturn Citizens United!

It's time to choke off this corrupting flow of money. To do that, we need a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and put democracy back in OUR hands.
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Events

Fair Elections Pledge Event

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.

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Legislation

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Letters & Testimony

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Litigation

Facebook DOJ Complaint

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.

Lair v. Motl Amici Brief

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.

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Multimedia

Bob Edgar Talks Fracking, Money In Politics

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.

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Democracy Wire

D.C. Mayor Bowser Should Sign Citizen-Financed Election Bill to Clean Up Elections

February 6, 2018; Press Release, Status Update

D.C. residents want their government back from special interests and Mayor Bowser should sign the citizen-financed election bill passed unanimously by the City Council. I testified in support of this legislation because I have witnessed firsthand the positive impact citizen-financed elections can bring about after I helped pass Connecticut’s Citizens’ Election Program.

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Press Releases

Tax Bill Amendment Offers Another Giveaway to the Rich

November 9, 2017

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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Research & Reports

Silencing Science

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.

Report: Overview of Post-Arizona Free Enterprise Policy Alternatives

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.

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