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Van Hollen v. FEC Amicus Brief

July 27, 2012

Common Cause and partners speak out against a FEC rule change that would let secret donors stay secret, setting a lower standard for disclosure than even Citizens United.

Van Hollen v. FEC Amicus Brief

April 20, 2012

Common Cause and partners speak out against a FEC rule change that would let secret donors stay secret, setting a lower standard for disclosure than even Citizens United.

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Multimedia

Common Cause protests the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Anti-Corruption Day

December 10, 2010

On Anti-Corruption Day, Common Cause joined with other groups to protest outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building. The Chamber funneled money from the largest corporations and foreign entities into the 2010 election, buying politicians and swaying the vote with advertising.

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Democracy Wire

DC Citizens On the Verge of Major Campaign Finance Reform

January 26, 2018; Blog Post, Status Update

A citizens’ movement has brought the city government in our nation’s capital to the verge of implementing a tested-and-proven-effective way of breaking the power of big money in politics and getting candidates to focus their attention on public, not private interests.

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Press Releases

Klobuchar, Warner, McCain Online Transparency Bill Good First Step in Response to Russian Election Attacks

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.

Senate Intelligence Committee Must Disclose More About Russian Election Attacks

October 4, 2017

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.

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Research & Reports

National_102307_Report_Subprime_Loans.pdf

October 23, 2007

This update report is part of a series of reports showing how American families are harmed by special interest campaign donations. This report shows nearly $242 million spent by mortgage industry may be part of the answer.

National_050707_Report_Mortgage_Rates_and_Lobbying_2.pdf

May 7, 2007

While investing nearly $210 million on Washington lobbying and campaign contributions, the mortgage lending industry for seven years successfully blocked Congress from taking action to restrict lending abuses that saddled economically vulnerable families with home mortgages they could not afford. In 2006 alone, foreclosure filings across the country were up 42 percent compared to 2005�a total of 1.2 million homes in jeopardy, or one in every 92 homes. And foreclosures continue to mount in 2007, with March foreclosure filings up 47 percent compared to the year before.

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