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Don't rush the TPP!

Before Congress reduces its role in crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership to a simple up or down vote, they must craft a Fast Track authorization with concrete objectives, ample time for deliberation, and avenues for the American people to be heard.
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Events

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Letters & Testimony

Clean Budget Coalition Opposes FY 2017 Appropriations Riders

February 8, 2016

ppose any FY 2017 appropriations bills which include inappropriate ideological policy riders. appropriations bills have been used before to undermine essential safeguards through “policy riders” – provisions that address extraneous policy issues, and are slipped into appropriations bills to win approval as part of must-pass funding legislation.

Joint Letter to IRS Commissioner Regarding ALEC's 501(c)3 Status

May 12, 2015

Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy write to request an immediate investigation into the American Legislative Exchange Council (“ALEC”) for misclassification as a 501(c)(3) organization, in light of the group’s primary purpose to influence the passage of state legislation and operation for the private benefit of its corporate members.

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Litigation

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Multimedia

Bob Edgar on Bill Moyers Journal - Part 1

December 2, 2008

Part 1 - Common Cause president and CEO Bob Edgar sits down with Bill Moyers and Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, to discuss whether real change can be brought to Washington.

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Democracy Wire

Trump Slaps Minorities With Plan to Give Police Military Gear

August 29, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post

His pardon last week of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio gave police across America a new license to lock up Latinos; now President Trump wants to arm the cops with weapons and equipment designed to make war rather than keep the peace.

An Eloquent Plea; A Flawed Vote

July 25, 2017; Featured Item, Blog Post

Diagnosed with a brain tumor last week, John McCain returned to the Senate on Tuesday with his perspective on his life and service there sharpened by that confrontation with his own mortality.

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Press Releases

New Allegations of Tax Code Violations by Exxon and ALEC Filed with IRS

October 6, 2016

Today, the Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause provided new evidence to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is falsely claiming tax-exempt status as a charity and that the ExxonMobil Corporation has intentionally misused the organization for nearly two decades to advance its legislative agenda.

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Research & Reports

National_080113_Report_ALEC_Funded_Lawmaker_Trips.pdf

August 1, 2013

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has raised and spent an estimated $4 million in funds from its corporate backers since 2006 to pay for state lawmakers' trips to meet with corporate CEOs and lobbyists at ALEC sponsored events at posh retreats, according to internal ALEC documents and other investigative work.

National_042013_ALEC_in_Arizona.pdf

April 20, 2013

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, serves as a voice for corporate special interests in state legislatures across the country, including Arizona . Through ALEC, corporate lobbyists draft, vote on, lobby for, and secure passage of a wide array of ALEC - approved bills designed to promote corporate interests. Numerous ALEC legislators vote as equals with corporate lobbyists and special interest group representatives on ALEC “model” bills , during ALEC task force meetings held behind closed doors at fancy resorts, and then use their elective offices and leadership positions in statehouses to get the ALEC agenda made into binding state law.

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