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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.
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.
February 6, 2018; Blog Post, Status Update
Common Cause New Mexico continues to push democracy reforms as the session hits the midway point.
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.
November 9, 2017
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.
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.