Money in Politics

Big money has long dominated our elections, and the problem has worsened since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010 allowed corporations and groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on our elections. In 2012, "independent" groups spent about $1 billion on elections, much of it from anonymous individuals and corporations. Our current Congress is more beholden than ever to special interests, and the forecast for 2016 suggests even more extreme spending.

Common Cause Illinois is working diligently to expose the role of special interests and promote reforms that put democracy back in the hands of "we the people."

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