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California Common Cause serves as a vehicle to strengthen public participation and ensure that public officials and public institutions are accountable and responsive to all citizens. Through a powerful combination of grassroots organizing, coalition building, policy development, research, public education, lobbying and litigation, we shed light on issues that affect Californians at the local, statewide, and national level. We’ve been on the front lines of numerous hard fought battles to reform government and the political process. California Common Cause has led efforts to give ordinary voters a voice in their government, end the stranglehold of big money interests on politics, and put our democracy back into the hands of Californians. Here’s where we’ve won:


California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Bringing Fair Maps to California

In 2008, California Common Cause led the effort to pass Proposition 11, the California Voters FIRST Initiative, to reform California’s redistricting process and secure a more fair representation for all Californians. This effort led to the creation of the award-winning California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which is charged with drawing the boundaries of the state’s Congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization electoral districts every 10 years after the federal census.

Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act
Holding Politicians Accountable

In 2018, we championed the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Act (Assembly Bill 403) – which provides critical protection against retaliation for legislative employees who bring forward improper behavior in the Capitol.

California DISCLOSE Act
Victory Against Dark Money

We joined with California Clean Money Campaign to lobby for and successfully pass the California DISCLOSE Act, which requires ballot measure ads and independent expenditure ads to prominently list their top three funders on the ads themselves, stopping dark money interests from buying our elections.

Voter’s Choice Act
Full-Service Voting

As part of our efforts to support innovative solutions to voting, we championed SB 450, the Voter’s Choice Act, which will make voting even easier in California. Starting in 2018, voters in participating counties will have the option of voting by mail, dropping off their ballot at secure drop boxes located around the county, or casting a ballot in-person at a Vote Center.

Online Voter Registration and Election Day Registration
October 2011/September 2012
Eliminating Barriers to Voting

We have helped make voting more accessible by sponsoring and ultimately passing Online Voter Registration (Senate Bill 397) in 2011. Leading up to the November 2012 election, nearly 850,000 Californians registered to vote by utilizing this new online tool. In 2012, California Common Cause championed Assembly Bill 1436, Election Day Voter Registration, eliminating one more barrier to voter engagement in the state.


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