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Common Cause in Connecticut is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizens lobby, dedicated to fostering open, honest, and accountable government at every level. We’re driven by the vision of our founder, John Gardner, who when Common Cause was founded in 1970 declared that “We want public officials to have literally millions of American citizens looking over their shoulders at every move they make.”

Whether advocating for opening committee meetings to the public, compelling (and protecting) the passage of the strongest campaign finance law in the nation, or mobilizing the movement to expand absentee voting in 2020 due to COVID-19–Common Cause in Connecticut has and continues to be a leading voice in reforming state government.

We believe government should truly be of, by and for the people, and that democracy is strongest when people from all walks of life participate in self-governance. Because we all want and deserve a voice in shaping the future for our families and communities, Common Cause in Connecticut works to ensure that every eligible voter can have a say, that every vote is counted as cast, and that the results of our elections reflect the will of the majority while protecting the rights of minorities.

Since we started “looking over the shoulders” of public officials in 1970, Common Cause in Connecticut and our activists have been at the forefront of ensuring that government officials are acting in the public interest, not for their personal benefit or the benefit of wealthy and influential special interests. We work to shine a bright light on public officials and lobbyists who prefer to work behind closed doors and to insist that government officials are held to the highest standards of conduct. We also advocate for laws that will advance fair wages, reduce economic inequality, and protect consumer rights.

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