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Recent Press Releases
- Common Cause Launches 10-Year Project to Build Blueprint for a Great Democracy
- December 12, 2013
- Common Cause this week launched a 10-year, collaborative effort to craft and build popular support for a new “Blueprint for a Great Democracy.”
- Rep. Slaughter, Public Interest Groups Release New Evidence That Federalist Society Annual Dinners Are, Indeed, Fundraisers
- December 5, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 5, 2013: A Member of Congress and two public interest groups released new evidence Thursday that Justices of the Supreme Court and a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit have flouted judicial ethics by speaking at dinners to raise funds for the Federalist Society.
- Corporate Reform Coalition Statement on the Securities and Exchange Commission's Shift on Political Spending Disclosure
- December 3, 2013
- The Corporate Reform Coalition is deeply disappointed by and demands an explanation for the removal from its agenda of the most widely supported rulemaking in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s history. The agency chose to put the political spending disclosure rule on their docket for consideration based on its strong support from investors and the potential risks to companies from secret political spending. The decision to drop this rule and others from the 2014 Commission agenda is a step back from the SEC’s proactive agenda to protect investors.
- Common Cause Calls IRS Proposal on Social Welfare Groups a Positive Step
- Nov. 26, 2013
- Common Cause on Tuesday welcomed the Internal Revenue Service’s announcement of plans to limit the political activity of tax-exempt non-profit groups organized to promote “social welfare.”
- Common Cause Statement on Senate Changes to Filibuster Rule
- November 21, 2013
Today’s vote is a major step toward breaking the gridlock that now paralyzes our democracy and a pivotal victory for everyone who believes government should function as the framers of the Constitution intended: under the principle of majority rule.
- Latest Judicial Filibuster Strengthens Case for Senate Action to Restore Majority Rule
- Nov. 18, 2013
- The Senate filibuster blocking a vote on Judge Robert Wilkins is profoundly disappointing but hardly surprising, Common Cause said Monday.
- New Documents Expose Judicial Influence Buying at Federalist Society's Annual Gala
- Nov. 15, 2013
- Another member of the Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito, has donned ethical blinders to help raise money for the Federalist Society, an association of conservative lawyers, Common Cause said today.
- Reformers, Senior Lawmaker Charge Justice Thomas and Federal Appellate Judge Diane Sykes With Violating Judicial Ethics
- Nov. 13, 2013
- A senior Member of Congress and reform advocates are charging Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and federal appeals court Judge Diane Sykes with violating judicial ethics by agreeing to headline the Federalist Society’s annual fundraising dinner tomorrow evening in Washington, DC.
- Common Cause to Deploy to Polling Places Nationwide on Election Day
- Nov. 4, 2013
Common Cause staff and volunteers will deploy to polling places across the country on Tuesday, looking to ensure that every eligible voter has an opportunity to participate in the 2013 election.
- Senate Vampires Working Overtime This Halloween
- Oct. 31, 2013
The legislative vampires who’ve turned the U.S. Senate into a chamber of horrors in recent years were up to their old tricks this Halloween, using the filibuster rule to drain a bit more of the lifeblood from constitutional government, Common Cause said today.
- Senate Delay on FCC Commissioners Shows Need for New Rules
- Oct. 30, 2013
The Senate’s slow walk to Tuesday’s confirmation of two new members of the Federal Communications Commission strengthens the case for new rules reforming the filibuster and stripping individual senators of the power to delay or block action on both nominations and legislation, Common Cause said today.
- California Levies Record Campaign Finance Fine After California Common Cause Complaint
- October 24, 2013
A pair of Arizona non-profit groups that in 2012 funneled $15 million from anonymous donors into two California ballot initiative campaigns – and were flushed out thanks to a complaint from California Common Cause – agreed Thursday to pay $1 million in fines to the state.
- Big Deal, Big Money -- an Interactive Online Comic That’s Not So Funny
- Oct. 23, 2013
“Big Deal, Big Money,” an interactive comic illustrating Verizon’s multi-pronged campaign to control the flow of information online and squeeze millions of dollars in additional profit out of its Internet customers, was published today on commoncause.org and other websites.
- This cannot happen again
- October 16, 2013
We hope the agreement announced today is a signal that a bipartisan majority in both houses of Congress is ready – finally -- to do the nation’s business.
The last few weeks have been an embarrassment for and a lesson to all Americans. We’ve seen a reckless, overzealous minority put hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work, deprive millions of Americans of vital government services, bring us to the brink of economic ruin, shatter the world’s confidence in American leadership and badly undermine our democracy.
Simply put, this cannot happen again.
- Common Cause Statement on Today's Hearing in McCutcheon v. FEC
- October 8, 2013
McCutcheon gives the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts an opportunity to halt its relentless march toward legalizing bribery in our politics and instead to re-affirm a self-evident truth: that big money contributions to candidates create an unacceptable risk of corruption.
- House Speaker Should Permit Vote on "Clean" Resolution to Reopen Government
- October 4, 2013
With no end to the federal government shutdown in sight, Common Cause called on House Speaker John Boehner and the rest of the Republican leadership on Friday to permit a vote on a “clean” resolution to re-open all federal agencies immediately. A clean resolution would fund the government and leave out extraneous issues such as Obamacare.
- Hundreds Expected to Rally Against Big Money in Politics During Argument of McCutcheon v. FEC
- October 3, 2013
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, activists and organizations across a wide spectrum of issues will speak out in support of protecting the integrity of our democracy at a rally outside the court. In the McCutcheon case, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to strike down important caps on how much money an individual can contribute directly to political campaigns.
- On Argument of McCutcheon v. FEC, Democracy Groups Call for Constitutional Amendment
- October 2, 2013
WASHINGTON – As the Supreme Court prepares for next week’s scheduled oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC, eight pro-democracy groups are speaking out on the urgent need for amending the Constitution to protect the integrity of our democracy. .
- Common Cause Demands Lawmakers Suspend Fundraising During Shutdown
- September 30, 2013
- The government shutdown set to begin at midnight tonight must be accompanied by a shutdown in political fundraising by members of Congress, Common Cause said today.
- Edit Memo: What to Watch at the Re-Shaped FCC
- September 18, 2013
Memo to editorial writers and reporters