Money in Politics

BREAKING: Common Cause files amicus brief in 1A Auto v. Sullivan!

On February 24, 2015, the conservative Goldwater Institute and members of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance filed a lawsuit to overturn the Commonwealth’s ban on corporate contributions to political candidates. Common Cause opposed their claim, and the Suffolk Superior Court agreed with our stance—they deemed the ban on corporate contributions (as opposed to independent expenditures) constitutional. Now the Goldwater Institute has appealed to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court and Common Cause has filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief about the dangers of corporate spending in elections.

Big money has long dominated our elections, and the problem has only worsened since the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on our elections.

The problem with money in politics is not so much the amount that is spent on campaigns as it is who pays for them, what they get in return, and how that affects public policy and spending priorities. Common Cause Massachusetts is working diligently to expose the role of special interests and promote reforms that put democracy back in the hands of "we the people."

We are fighting for greater campaign finance disclosure at the state and federal level, tighter rules on coordination between Super PACs and candidates, a U.S. Constitutional amendment to allow Congress and the states to limit spending by these "independent" political groups, public financing of elections, and candidate pledges to reject outside spending in their election.

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