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January 22, 2015
Although money has always been a driver in the electoral process, the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates for corporations and the wealthiest special interests to spend more freely. Join Portland City Club and Common Cause for a lively discussion on how unfettered money has changed the political landscape and what we as Oregonians can do to make sure our voices are heard.
Letters & Testimony
December 8, 2016; Blog Post
Portland, OR's City Council will vote next week on a plan to amplify the voices of small-dollar political donors
November 10, 2016; Press Release, Status Update
In addition to populist movements that challenged both major party establishments, and was ultimately part of the winning formula for President-elect Donald Trump, voters at the local and state level worked together to win democracy reforms across the country. A total of 20 pro-democracy reform initiatives were on ballots and almost all of them won with comfortable margins.
June 30, 2016
The Census Bureau plans to count 2 million prisoners in a way that discriminates against other Americans
January 13, 2016
With the General Assembly open for action, Common Cause Maryland sees an opportunity to answer President Obama’s State of the Union call here in Maryland. Common Cause Maryland is pushing a broad set of reforms aimed at empowering citizens, protecting the constitution, and ensuring that the government is both open and fair – so that the politics of division and inflexibility can be overcome.