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"Lessons of Watergate" Keynote: Democracy in Crisis, Then and Now - Robert Reich

March 15, 2013

Robert Reich is the chairman of Common Cause's National Governing Board and was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration. This keynote speech was given 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.

"Lessons of Watergate" Keynote: Inspirations for Future Reform - John Nichols

March 15, 2013

John Nichols is a Washington correspondent for "The Nation" magazine. Have we come full circle? John Nichols takes a closing look at the lessons -- and inspirations -- the Watergate crisis offers. Did we miss opportunities then, and will we seize them now? This keynote speech was given on March 14, 2013, during Common Cause's "The Lessons of Watergate" conference at the National Press Club. Visit http://www.commoncause.org/watergate for more info.

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Forum Spotlights Trump Administration's Ethics Deficit

May 25, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

American democracy is becoming a money-making enterprise for wealthy private interests and possibly Russians, according to a panel of lawmakers and public interest advocates who spoke at a press briefing and forum on Capitol Hill this morning.

VIDEO: Everyday Americans Pay the Price for Trump Conflicts of Interest

May 25, 2017; Press Release, Status Update

Today, Common Cause and Public Citizen co-hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington – Trump’s Conflicts of Interest and the Americans Who Are Impacted By White House Ethics – with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) serving as honorary co-host. The videotaped event focused on everyday Americans adversely impacted by the Trump Administration’s unprecedented conflicts of interest. President Trump’s conflicts of interest and excessive secrecy come at a cost and that cost is borne by the American People.

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VIDEO: Everyday Americans Pay the Price for Trump Conflicts of Interest

May 25, 2017

Today, Common Cause and Public Citizen co-hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington – Trump’s Conflicts of Interest and the Americans Who Are Impacted By White House Ethics – with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) serving as honorary co-host. The videotaped event focused on everyday Americans adversely impacted by the Trump Administration’s unprecedented conflicts of interest. President Trump’s conflicts of interest and excessive secrecy come at a cost and that cost is borne by the American People.

White House Blocks OGE’s Ability to Enforce Ethics Rules

May 22, 2017

The White House move to block the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) from collecting waivers granted by Trump Administration nominees to work in fields where they recently lobbied is an outrage and part of a disturbing pattern. OGE was created in the wake of the Watergate scandal to monitor ethics compliance, but the Trump Administration is denying it the ability to do so. The OGE is charged with ensuring government compliance with ethical standards and it must be allowed to perform that duty.

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Research & Reports

National_102008_Report_Deceptive_Practices_2.0.pdf

October 20, 2008

In the last several election cycles, "deceptive practices" have been perpetrated in order to suppress voting and skew election results. Usually targeted at minorities and in minority neighborhoods, deceptive practices are the intentional dissemination of false or misleading information about the voting process with the intent to prevent an eligible voter from casting a ballot. It is an insidious form of vote suppression that often goes unaddressed by authorities and the perpetrators are virtually never caught.

National_090403_Boeing's_Unlikely_Lease_Deal.pdf

September 4, 2003

The Boeing Company, the nation's second largest defense contractor with more than $2 billion in profits last year, is close to winning congressional approval for an unprecedented lease deal with the Air Force that could cost taxpayers nearly $6 billion more than if the service purchased the airplanes it plans to lease.

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