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03.7.2018

MEMO: The Stormy Daniels Lawsuit and Its Legal Implications for President Trump - What You Need To Know

Last night, NBC News reported that adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, aka “Stormy Daniels,” is suing President Trump for violating their nondisclosure agreement created shortly before the 2016 election. The lawsuit filed by Clifford adds new information that underscores arguments Common Cause made in its January 2018 complaints to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging the hush money payment was a violation of federal campaign finance law.

Who is Behind the Legal Challenge to Nonpartisan Redistricting in Michigan?

Hidden donors with apparent connections to corporate interests and Republican activists appear to be funding efforts to block a nonpartisan, anti-gerrymandering initiative.

Citizens Stand Up For Constitutional Rights, Block Dangerous Article V Convention Calls

Prodded by Common Cause and other democracy reform advocates, state legislators across the country are rejecting a dangerous scheme to convene a constitutional convention and potentially overhaul the nation’s founding document.

ALEC Honoree Arrested Packing Handgun At Denver Airport

A not-so-funny thing happened to Colorado State Rep. Lori Saine late Tuesday as she prepared to fly from Denver to the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Nashville.

05.9.2017

Nevada Rescinds Dangerous Article V Convention Call

The Nevada legislature moved today to protect every American’s fundamental rights by rescinding the state’s previous calls for an Article V constitutional convention.

Enterprise Leaves ALEC!

Good news. Car rental giant Enterprise announced Wednesday that it has left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive corporate lobbying group that masquerades as a charity.

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