• Blagojevich indictment: "All of us in politics do [it]"

    January 29, 2009: Gov. Rod Blagojevich's closing argument today to the Illinois Senate in his impeachment trial may have fallen flat, but his indictment of the current state of politics in America was heard around the world.  In explaining his pay-to-play statements caught by an FBI wiretap, Blagojevich said, "Those are conversations relating to the things all of us in politics do in order to run campaigns and try to win elections." Read the press release...

  • Murtha pay-to-play: No change on Capitol Hill

    January 27, 2009: A report today in Roll Call lays out in some detail how Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), faced with a tough re-election battle, called on government contractors to fund his campaign -- and they responded. This is only the latest in Murtha’s long career as Capitol Hill’s champion of pay-to-play and points to the crying need for reform on Capitol Hill. Learn more about pay-to-play...Read more about Rep. Murtha on CommonBlog...

  • Support Rep. Frank's bailout reform bill

    January 15, 2009: Common Cause is calling on Congress to pass Rep. Barney Frank's bill to provide more accountability, increase transparency and give more direct relief to communities with the second half of the economic bailout.Read a summary of the bill...Take action...

  • Common Cause proposes “Clean Government for Change”

    January 9, 2009: As the Illinois House today impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell a US Senate seat to the highest bidder, Common Cause announced a comprehensive reform package to address the pervasive pay-to-play political environment that threatens to further undermine public confidence in government.Read the press release...

  • DC voting rights on the move

    January 7, 2008: On the day the 111th Congress opened for business, bills were introduced to give the District of Columbia a seat in the US House. HR 157 and S 160 are identical to bills that had majority support in both houses last year and their early passage would give President Obama and the new Congress a victory on a key voting rights issue.Learn more about DC voting rights...

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