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Secretary Galvin Must Release His Early Voting Regulations Right Away

May 31, 2016; Blog Post, Status Update

Secretary of State William Galvin's office has now promised the release of his guidelines on early voting, and failed to deliver them on time, for far too long. Here's a look back at where we're at and what this means for the first year of early voting in Massachusetts.

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Statement on Governor Baker PAC Fundraising

May 2, 2016

Statement of Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts, in response to the May 1st, 2016 Boston Globe article “Top donors could gain more access to Baker, officials.”

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A Plea for a Pledge

April 1, 2013

Since the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC (2010) paved the way for unlimited fundraising by independent political groups, outside spending in elections has skyrocketed.1 In the 2012 federal election cycle, outside groups spent a staggering $1.3 billion, an over 400% increase from both 2008 and 2010. In an attempt to curtail this rapid influx of outside money in their 2012 race for U.S. Senate, U.S. Senator Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren reached a ground-breaking agreement, dubbed the “People’s Pledge,” which instituted a fine to be paid out from a candidate’s campaign funds should an outside group purchase radio, cable, or online advertisements that would benefit that candidate. The fine applied equally to negative and positive advertisements. Many were rightfully dubious that this voluntary pact would hold up given the election’s high national stakes. But it did.

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Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)

Too few Americans are registered to vote. The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is one solution to that. Developed by the Pew Charitable Trusts, ERIC uses the voter registration rolls of member states, as well as several other databases, including DMV records, Social Security Administration records, and the Postal Service’s national change of address registry, to compare voting lists.

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