Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Now with nearly 400,000 members and supporters and 36 state organizations, Common Cause remains committed to honest, open and accountable government, as well as encouraging citizen participation in democracy.
Common Cause New York is the statewide New York chapter of Common Cause. We are dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that empowers ordinary people to make their voices heard. We work to strengthen public participation and faith in our institutions of government, ensure that government and the political process serve the public interest, rather than special interests, curb the excessive influence of money on government policy and elections, and promote fair and honest elections and high ethical standards for government officials.
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Common Cause New York advocates for ethics on both a state and local level. Throughout the summer, our staff has been researching the status of ethics on a county level. While some counties have exemplary and clear ethics policies, most have local citizen watchdogs scratching their heads when they attempt to make a difference. Common Cause New York advocates for uniform county ethics oversight across New York State, which would provide clear and effective monitoring of conflicts of interests. Learn More ›