Campaign Finance Reforms Advancing in DC, Suffolk County NY.
December 18, 2017
The Washington, D.C. City Council and the Legislature in Suffolk County, NY are expected to vote Tuesday on proposals to limit campaign spending and use public funds to supplement small dollar donations from individuals to candidates for local offices.
Tuesday Is Election Day!
November 6, 2017
Tuesday is Election Day across the U.S., as New Jersey and Virginia choose new governors and hundreds of cities, counties and towns elect their local government leaders.
NYC Elections Board Admits It Illegally Purged 200,000-plus Voters
October 25, 2017
New York City voters and Common Cause New York scored a big victory today as the City Board of Elections admitted that it illegally removed the names of more than 200,000 people from the voter rolls last year.
Reflections on Civic Engagement With Common Cause New York
September 23, 2017
Last in a series of posts from Common Cause New York's 2017 summer interns
Probing the Morality and Responsibility of Social Media and Search Engines
September 22, 2017
Another in a series of reports from Common Cause New York's 2017 summer interns.
Complete, Accurate Census Is Vital
September 21, 2017
Another in a series of reports from Common Cause New York's 2017 summer interns
Cybersecurity Is a Major Challenge for Voting
September 20, 2017
First in a series of report from Common Cause's 2017 summer interns.
Common Cause Sues New York State to End Voter Purges
September 6, 2017
New York State has improperly deactivated the voter registrations of tens of thousands of qualified voters simply because for several years they’ve chosen not to cast ballots, Common Cause New York charges in a lawsuit filed today.
Courts Weighing Challenges to Sensible Control of Political Money
August 22, 2017
A pair of lawsuits making their way through the courts in Alaska and New York State have important implications for efforts to rein in the power of big money in American politics.
Democracy Vouchers Leveling the Political Playing Field in Seattle
August 2, 2017
There’s news today about an interesting – and promising – experiment in democracy in the Pacific Northwest.
Statement on Appeals Court Ruling on Sheldon Silver
July 13, 2017
Sheldon Silver is absolutely guilty of corrupting his office and violating the public trust of 19 million New Yorkers
Common Cause Recommends Legislation to Create Legal Defense Funds for NYC Public Officials
July 6, 2017
Today, Common Cause released a comparative analysis of Legal Defense Fund (LDF) models across the country and recommendations for New York City. A framework does not currently exist in New York, creating a policy gap in the campaign finance law. The paper was co-authored by Michael Halberstam, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Law and Economic Studies at Columbia Law School.
Friends Remember Benjamin Barber, Tireless Advocate for Democracy
April 26, 2017
There is sad news this morning out of New York: Benjamin Barber, a brilliant political theorist and former longtime member of Common Cause’s National Governing Board, has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Common Cause NY Joins March for Trump Accountability
April 17, 2017
With "Hold Power Accountable" on one side and "People. Action. Democracy." on the other side of blue signs, our fierce band of Common Causers stuck together in Bryant Park for the Tax March on Saturday, April 15th.
Was Sacked Prosecutor on Trump's Trail?
March 13, 2017
Did President Trump fire Preet Bharara, the federal prosecutor with jurisdiction over the President’s Manhattan residence, to head off a potential corruption investigation? Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings believes it’s possible.
Common Cause New York Action Team continues to grow
February 14, 2017
Last night, over 60 people came to our second NYC Action Team meeting. We now have over 250 people who have signed up to be Action Team members, many of them actively involved in volunteer activities. Here in NYC, 4 neighborhood-based working groups are meet regularly, deciding on joint actions to take. Thanks to Eleanor Moretta, our weekly phone bank is going great guns. In the 4 days from Feb. 2 to 5, our NY members called over 500 Common Cause members in red states. We've added the ability for our members to make phone calls from home, which has greatly expanded our capacity. But having 6-8 people in the office on Thursday evenings is wonderfully re-enforcing.
February 14, 2017
Coordinating Visits to Your Legislator’s Offices
DOJ and NY Attorney General Join Lawsuit Against NYC Board of Elections
January 30, 2017
Federal Justice Department and Attorney General Schneiderman join Common Cause Lawsuit against New York City Board of Elections
Challenges to our democracy: what's next for the media?
December 9, 2016
Please join us for the first of Common Cause/ New York's John Gardner Breakfast Series on the challenges facing our democracy, bringing together leading speakers, thinkers, and elected officials from across the political spectrum to explore solutions and stimulate thought and discussion.
Helping New Yorkers Register to Vote
August 11, 2016
Recap of voter registration drive at Brooklyn Flea.