About Us

California Common Cause

Common Cause California is a non-profit, non-partisan citizens' lobby organization. We believe that by banding together, citizens can make a difference. We throw a spotlight on issues that affect all Californians. We work to strengthen public participation and to ensure that the political process serve the public interest, rather than the special interests.
Our purpose is clear: make public officials and public institutions accountable and responsive to citizens.

Common Cause California has made a difference. We have been on the front lines of numerous hard fought battles for government reform and accountability

For three decades California Common Cause has led efforts to give ordinary voters a voice in government, end the stranglehold of big money interests on politics, and put our democracy back in the hands of Californians. 


California Common Cause championed the Political Reform Act in 1974, statewide ethics, campaign and disclosure laws that are a model for the nation.


After the election debacle of 2000, CCC successfully sued to require California to eliminate punch-card voting.


In 2008, California Common Cause led the effort to pass Prop 11, the Caliofrnia Voters First Initiative, to reform California's redistricting process and ensure accountable representation for all Californians.


We have also joined the fight to bring local ethics laws to cities across California including Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego.


Change is never easy, especially when we are challenging the very way that power is distributed.

Today, over 200,000 Common Cause members are working together to make government work for the people.  More members mean a stronger voice for the public in local, state and national politics.  If you're not already a member we invite you to join us in our quest for better government!


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California Common Cause staff