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Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner must divest, or recuse

We deserve public servants who serve ONLY the public -- and we can't trust government officials' decisions if their private wealth is involved. As formal members of the Trump administration, Ivanka Trump & her husband Jared Kushner are subject to the same conflict rules as everyone else -- they must either divest their assets and set up a blind trust, or recuse themselves from huge areas of the administration's’ agenda.
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"Lessons of Watergate" Panel: Watergate, Abuse of Power

March 15, 2013

The abuse of Presidential power uncovered 40 years ago tested the strength of our democracy. What happened during Watergate, why was it so important, and what was extraordinary about the response? Panelists shared their perspectives and first-hand accounts of their Watergate experiences, followed by discussion and Q & A. Featuring: � Moderator Tim Naftali - director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 2007-2011 � Hon. Elizabeth Holtzman -- member, House Judiciary Committee during Watergate � Hon. William S. Cohen --member, House Judiciary Committee during Watergate � Jill Wine-Banks -- assistant special prosecutor, Watergate Task Force � Daniel Ellsberg -- military analyst, co-author of the Pentagon Papers This panel took place on March 13, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

Abuse of Power Panel Highlights

June 16, 2008

5-minute highlight reel from a Common Cause-sponsored panel discussion on the abuse of power by the current administration and an agenda for recovery of our Constitution and our democracy

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Common Cause Calls for Full Disclosure of Congressional Slush Funds and Shady Deals Used to Hide Sexual Harassment & Other Abuses

November 29, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause called on Congress to pass legislation to close the loopholes and disclose settlements that have allowed Members to hide sexual harassment and other abuses for decades. A series of high profile cases involving abuse by Members has brought to light the slush funds and secretive negotiations that have allowed abusers to remain on the job.

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Special Interest Tax Giveaway Also Thrusts the Pulpit into Politics

November 2, 2017

Buried in the final pages of the tax bill’s handouts to deep-pocketed special interests is a troubling provision that would allow houses of worship to actively engage in partisan politicking. For more than a half century the Johnson Amendment has prohibited 501(c)(3)s, including religious organizations, from participating in political campaigns. If this bright line is removed the abuses will inevitably follow and the loopholes will be expanded. Overwhelmingly members of the clergy support the Johnson Amendment prohibition on political activity but there will inevitably be bad actors and money will change hands for endorsements and more. The mixing of partisan politics, religion and money would not end well and has no business in this legislation.

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