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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

Defining Democracy: Coordination

August 4, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Part of an occasional series looking at language dominating the news and influencing how Americans learn about the way our government works.

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Supreme Court Again Rejects Challenge to “Soft Money” Contribution Limits

May 22, 2017

Politicians and party committees have repeatedly challenged the McCain-Feingold law’s soft money ban and the Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected these challenges. Again today, the Court recognized the potential for corruption from unlimited contributions to party committees and affirmed a lower court decision in Republican Party of Louisiana v. FEC upholding the soft money ban as applied to state political party committees. It is however troubling to see the newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, join with Justice Thomas in unsuccessfully urging their colleagues to schedule the soft money challenge for oral argument.

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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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