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Money & Influence 11.16.2018

TIME / Center for Public Integrity: GOP Megadonor Miriam Adelson is Winning a Medal. But are Republicans Losing the Political Money War?

“Both major parties have a dependence on big money donors that undermines democracy,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation at the nonprofit watchdog group Common Cause.

Washington Post: Maryland appeals partisan gerrymandering decision to Supreme Court

“To not hear this case would be a bad outcome because we would end up with a ruling that only applies to Maryland,” said Damon Effingham, executive director of Common Cause Maryland. “It would still be incredibly difficult to get the reforms that we’re hoping for.”

Voting & Elections 11.15.2018

Los Angeles Times: Republicans Walters and Kim Adopt Trump Tactic of Charging Vote Fraud with No Evidence of Wrongdoing

“The tone has been set at the top,” said Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy at Common Cause. “I think it’s reckless. It is irresponsible.”

Voting & Elections 11.14.2018

New York Times: In Florida Recount Fight, Democratic Lawyer Draws Plaudits and Fire

“He’s doing really important work for voting rights that benefits all voters, but he’s also pushed for a deregulation of money in politics that serves the interests of the wealthy,” said Paul S. Ryan, the vice president of policy and litigation for the nonpartisan government watchdog group Common Cause.

Associated Press: Excessive Partisanship Claimed in North Carolina Maps Lawsuit

"Because lawmakers stubbornly refuse to consider passing redistricting reform, we're left with no choice but to litigate," Common Cause NC Executive Director Bob Phillips said in a release announcing the lawsuit. "Gerrymandering is detrimental to democracy, denying voters a choice and a voice on Election Day."

Voting & Elections 11.13.2018

New York Times: Before the Fights Over Recounts: An Election Day Vote on Voting

“It is clear when you put democracy reforms on the ballot, those measures win overwhelmingly,” Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause, said. “From our perspective, we are going to be taking a hard look at where we can move more of these reforms in 2020 and beyond.”

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