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Money & Influence 06.10.2020

Understanding Unity 
When Local Becomes Global 

Part three of a series of first-person accounts from an on-the-ground perspective from Common Cause Minnesota Executive Director Annastacia Belladonna Carrera.

Money & Influence 05.6.2020

Ann McBride Norton’s Legacy: “Our Victories Give Hope to the People that Working Together We Can Make a Difference”

From part-time volunteer, Ann McBride became one of a team of tenacious citizen-lobbyists who helped open up our political process. She rose to be the first woman president of Common Cause from 1995-1999 and inspired me and many others along the way.

Earth Day: 50 Years of Being In Common Cause With Our Environment

Earth Day and Common Cause turn 50 in 2020 and share more than an anniversary -- a deep and abiding commitment to public policy in the common good.

Voting & Elections 10.22.2019

Democracy On The Ballot 2019

Democracy reform is on the ballot in the 2019 general election in states and cities across the country.

Everything you need to understand the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump

What will the impeachment inquiry into President Trump look like? What impeachable offenses will be investigated? Here are some the answers.

Election Manipulators Use ALEC To Push Their Partisan Power Grabs Against Voters

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is up to it again: promoting new ways to restrict political representation and undermine one of the central foundations of American democracy.

Money & Influence 08.7.2019

Disclosure is not dangerous. Secrecy is.

On Tuesday evening, Congressman Joaquin Castro shone a light on those funders in his hometown of San Antonio. That publicly-available information is crucial to running fair and transparent elections.

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