About Us

California Common Cause (CCC) is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization. CCC serves as a vehicle to strengthen public participation and ensure that public officials and public institutions are accountable and responsive to all citizens. Through a powerful combination of grassroots organizing, coalition building, policy development, research, public education, lobbying and litigation, we shed light on issues that affect Californians at the local, statewide, and national level.

Our organization has been on the front lines of numerous hard fought battles to reform government and the political process. California Common Cause has led efforts to give ordinary voters a voice in their government, end the stranglehold of big money interests on politics, and put our democracy back into the hands of Californians.

In recent years some of our successes include:

  • In 2008, California Common Cause led the effort to pass Proposition 11, the California Voters FIRST Initiative, to reform California's redistricting process and secure a more fair representation for all Californians.
  • We have helped make voting more accessible by sponsoring and ultimately passing Online Voter Registration (Senate Bill 397) in 2011. Leading up to the November 2012 election, nearly 850,000 Californians registered to vote by utilizing this new online tool.
  • In 2012, California Common Cause championed Assembly Bill 1436, Election Day Voter Registration, eliminating one more barrier to voter engagement in the state. 
  • California Common Cause also won a significant victory in the fight against political “dark money” in 2013 by revealing the identity behind an $11 million contribution from Arizona. The state levied a record $1 million fine on a pair of Arizona non-profit groups that pumped $15 million from hidden donors into two state ballot initiative campaigns in 2012.
  • California Common Cause also passed the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act in 2014, the landmark piece of legislation which updated the state’s 100 year old initiative process by giving voters more accessible information about who is behind each initiative, ensuring Voter Guides are easily understood, and allowing for legal flaws to be corrected in an initiative before it appears on the ballot.

Today, over 400,000 Common Cause members are working together across the nation 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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