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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.

Voting & Elections 03.27.2018

Maryland, Pennsylvania Move To Lower Barriers To Voting

A pair of mid-Atlantic states are adding to the national momentum for new laws that remove needless barriers to voting and break big money’s hold on our elections.

Money & Influence 03.22.2018

Taking On the Gun Lobby

With hundreds of thousands of Americans outraged by the plague of gun violence in our schools expected to march in Washington on Saturday, Common Cause today released a practical guide for challenging the power of the gun lobby.

Money & Influence 03.14.2018

DC Mayor Signs Ordinance Empowering Small Dollar Campaign Donors

There’s some good news for democracy this morning from a place where we haven’t seen much of it lately: Washington, D.C.

Money & Influence 03.5.2018

Trump, Pence, RNC, Running Scheme To Skirt Election Laws, Common Cause Charges

President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Republican National Committee are running an elaborate scheme to skirt federal election laws and use illegal “soft money” contributions for the Trump-Pence reelection campaign, Common Cause charges in complaints filed today.

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