Our public records law is broken. Journalists, concerned citizens, and others with a need "and right" to know how our government is working often can't get information. Executive branch and municipal records are supposed to be public unless specifically exempt, but they have become functionally inaccessible due to excessive cost, technological barriers, and administrative obstruction or delay. Learn More ›
Common Cause Massachusetts is dedicated to making government open and accountable. Our founder, John Gardner, said "We want public officials to have literally millions of American citizens looking over their shoulders at every move they make." Since we first started "looking over shoulders" in 1970, Common Cause has been at the forefront of ensuring that government officials are acting in the public interest, not for their own personal benefit or for the benefit of powerful and influential special interest.
Common Cause Massachusetts has worked to shine a bright light on public officials and lobbyists who prefer to work behind closed doors. In our early years we for fought for -- and won -- the right for residents to observe the inner workings of government. We are working to protect and expand the right through legislation and by encouraging state and local governments to make more information available online.