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 Ohio is working to hold power accountable at the state and local levels. Common Cause Ohio is active on a number of issue campaigns including election and redistricting reform, media reform and campaign finance reform. To learn more and get involved, please sign up for CauseNet, our email action alert network
Learn more about our five signature issues and help us bring power back to the people.
Voting and Elections
Ohio is a swing state and the presidential election energizes voters. Invariably, there will be problems at the polls on Election Day. Our best method for quickly identifying and solving those problems is having poll monitors stationed outside polling places to be our eyes and ears on the ground. We are recruiting poll monitors to assist voters at targeted polling locations for the November Election. Learn More ›
Money in Politics
Local Political Dollars Should Be Online
The Ohio Secretary of State’s campaign finance database reveals contributions and expenditures to candidates and public officials who serve in the Ohio General Assembly. We can learn there who funds races for governor, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer. But Ohio's local campaign finance data landscape is lagging far behind. Only seven counties let voters track contributions online: Cuyahoga, Franklin, Summit, Montgomery, Lucas, Butler and Mahoning. None of these counties post information in a searchable format that allow the press and public to easily examine political dollars. Common Cause Ohio is urging the Ohio General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 206 so that all Ohioans can “follow the money” to local candidates. Learn More ›
Congressional Redistricting Reform
In November 2015, voters overwhelmingly passed State Issue 1. This bipartisan redistricting proposal created a fairer and transparent process for drawing state legislative districts - but it did not include congressional districts.
Now it's time to finish the job. What's good enough for the Statehouse should be good enough for Congress too! Learn More ›
What does judicial reform look like?
Ohio simply does not have consensus on a judicial reform agenda. During 2016 Common Cause Ohio and coalition partners AMOS Project , the League of Women Voters of Ohio, Ohio Environmental Council and Ohio Voice are holding community conversations focused on exploration of the problems with judicial elections in Ohio and the identifying joint solutions. Learn More ›