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ABQ PAY 2 PLAY Screening Event

September 30, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Join Common Cause New Mexico for a screening of the documentary PAY 2 PLAY at the Guild Cinema on 9/30.

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Letters & Testimony

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Amici brief

May 13, 2014

Democratic Governors Association v. Brandi - Amici brief

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Common Cause CNN Clip 112008.wmv

November 22, 2008

Take action at CNN clip on lobbyists buying access to newly-elected lawmakers, featuring interview with Common Cause President Bob Edgar.

Common Cause delivers petitions to the Department of Justice

March 22, 2011

Common Cause delivered more than 32,000 petitions to the Department of Justice on March 22 calling for a Justice Department investigation of Supreme Court justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. We want to know whether Scalia and Thomas should have recused themselves from the Citizens United case because of their participation in secret political strategy meetings with Koch Industries.

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Democracy Wire

$150,000 in Russian Facebook Political Ads Necessitate Immediate FEC Response

September 6, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today’s revelations that fake accounts in Russia bought approximately $150,000 in political ads on Facebook demands a complete and immediate response from the Federal Election Commission. The Commission’s intransigence on the issue of curbing the threat of foreign influence in our elections must stop now as this is likely only the tip of the iceberg.

Kid Rock has been running for Senate all summer long, violating federal law

September 1, 2017; Featured Item, Press Release, Status Update

In a complaint filed today with the Federal Election Commission and Department of Justice, Common Cause accuses Kid Rock of violating federal election laws by acting as a Senate candidate while failing to register his candidacy, comply with contribution restrictions and publicly disclose contributions to his campaign.

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Press Releases

Trump, Jr., Kushner, Manafort Violated Foreign Solicitation Ban, Watchdogs Allege in Complaints

July 13, 2017

Today Common Cause, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) supplementing a complaint filed by Common Cause on Monday. The expanded complaint alleges that Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort illegally solicited a contribution from a foreign national, and that Kushner, Manafort and Rob Goldstone illegally assisted Donald Trump Jr. in soliciting an illegal political contribution from a foreign national on behalf of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign.

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Research & Reports

Common Cause Education Fund Report: Lending Industry and the Financial Crisis

September 24, 2008

This report, the latest in the Ask Yourself Why series, is about how the lending industry has prevented the government from doing more to prevent the current financial crisis or help families who have been hurt by it. It discusses the connection between the lobbying and campaign contributions of mortgage bankers and brokers and Congress' failure to stop or even respond forcefully to one of the biggest financial crisis in recent history.

Report: Campaign Contributions By Tobacco Interests Annual Report: September 2007-2

December 4, 2007

This annual report provides detailed updates of the tobacco industry's campaign contributions to sitting members of Congress, candidates for federal office, political parties, leadership PACs and other political action committees. The report also provides additional information on the tobacco companies' political influence, including analyses of the correlation between these contributions and the tobacco-related legislation that members of the U.S. Congress support.

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