About Us

About Us


Common Cause North Carolina 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 North Carolinians. 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 North Carolina has made a difference. We have been on the front lines of numerous hard fought battles for government reform and accountability. Join Us!


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907 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27605
phone: (919) 836-0027

History of Common Cause National

We must bring about a renaissance in politics...Does that seem inordinately ambitious? It is. This is no time for small plans. --Common Cause founder John Gardner

John Gardner, a Republican, came to Washington, DC to serve as the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat. Gardner later became chair of the National Urban Coalition, a group advocating for poor, minority, and working-class residents in urban areas.


During his time in the nation's capital, a city teeming with special interest groups, he observed "everybody's organized but the people." That thought formed the seed of Common Cause, which Gardner established in August 1970 to represent citizens' interests in Washington. Within six months, the organization had more than 100,000 members, many of them joining to oppose the Vietnam War.

Since that time, Common Cause has been involved in many of the most pressing issues of the day. The organization led fights for campaign finance reforms, ethics and accountability in government, and open government at the national, state and local levels. We joined with coalitions fighting for civil rights legislation, ending wasteful weapons programs and working for reforms to our nation's system of voting.


Please visit PBS for information about John Gardner and the founding of Common Cause.