About Us

We work for Pennsylvanians

Common Cause/Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvanians.  We work to strengthen public participation and to ensure that the political process serve the public interest, rather than the special interest. 


Staff Bios

Barry Kauffman

Barry Kauffman has served as Executive Director of CC/PA since 1987. Under his leadership, CC/PA has played a leading role in the passage of numerous government reforms, including The Public Officials Ethics Act, Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act, Campaign Finance Disclosure Act;  Open Records and Open Meetings Reforms and campaign contribution limits for Philadelphia political campaigns. Prior to joining Common Cause, Kauffman was a citizens' advocate in the Governor's Office working out of the Governor's Action Center.  He is the founder of the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Environmental Lobby (SPEL) and is a past state chair of the Sierra Club. Kauffman received a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University of PA, an M.S. in Communications from Shippensburg State University, and has numerous post-graduate certifications.  He is a native of Conestoga, Pennsylvania.


James Browning

James Browning is Associate Director for Development and runs the Greater Philadelphia office of CC/PA. Browning is a long-time public interest advocate, having worked for Common Cause in Washington, DC, Rhode Island, and most recently as Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland from 2001-05. Before joining CC/PA in September of 2008, he was Director of the consumer advocacy group PennPIRG, where he led successful campaigns to pass a Clean Indoor Air law and boost funding for public transportation across Pennsylvania. Browning has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Do you sometimes feel:

  • As if this isn't your government anymore?
  • That your vote just doesn't count?
  • That your voice isn't heard?
  • That big money and lobbyists really control the government?

You are not alone!  Join us.


Common Cause has been working on those very issues, and a lot more, for over thirty years.  Help us restore open, honest, and accountable government.



Contact Common Cause Pennsylvania Executive Director Barry Kauffman at (717) 232-9951.