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Money & Influence 03.25.2023

The Oregonian: Port of Morrow commissioners, already under investigation, keep voting on Amazon’s data center tax deals

Kate Titus, of the good government organization Common Cause Oregon, said elected officials should consider more than just their minimum legal requirements when conducting the public’s business. “There’s what the law mandates, but above and beyond that, there’s also what’s ethical. Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s ethical or in the best interest of the people,” Titus said. “Public perception matters. Elected officials can’t just follow the letter of the law, they need to follow the spirit of the law,” Titus told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “Ultimately, elected officials have an obligation to work in the best interests of the town, not Amazon and not for themselves.”

New York Times: Michael Cohen’s Long Arc From Trump Ally to Chief Antagonist

But one issue trailed him: a complaint had been filed with the Federal Election Commission by the good-government group Common Cause about his payment to Ms. Daniels, which was publicly revealed in January 2018 by The Wall Street Journal.

Money & Influence 03.22.2023

New York Times: Michael Bloomberg Has Found a New $5 Million Cause: Helping Hochul

“Its most immediate impact is that it adds to cynicism among voters,” said Susan Lerner, the executive director of Common Cause New York. “The more money that floods into our system, the more people feel like their interests aren’t heard.”

Money & Influence 03.9.2023

Bloomberg: ‘Dark Money’ Ohio Bribe Verdict Shows Citizens United Limit

The verdict has powerful implications for Ohio and the rest of the country because it shows that while Citizens United may have opened the floodgates of corporate cash, “that doesn’t mean that pay-to-play is legal or right,” said Catherine Turcer, executive director of Common Cause Ohio and a longtime Ohio advocate of campaign finance and government reform. “Ohioans can rest easy tonight knowing, that at long last, someone will be held accountable,” she said.

Money & Influence 03.7.2023

Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court’s ‘Dark Money’ Rulings Anchor Defense in Ohio Political Corruption Trial

“This trial is not just about what the former speaker of the House did, it’s also about the terrible system we have,” said Catherine Turcer, executive director of Common Cause Ohio, which advocates for more transparency in government.

Media & Democracy 03.7.2023

Broadcasting & Cable: FCC Nominee Gigi Sohn Bows Out

“Senate treatment of this nomination has been, from beginning to end, sad, shoddy, and shameful, and its treatment of Ms. Sohn a despicable dereliction of duty and honor," said Mike Copps, special adviser to Common Cause and a former FCC chairman. "A win for big-spending special interests, to be sure, but a tragic loss for the common good."

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