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Money & Influence 04.28.2018

Washington Post: Tycoon Turned Candidate: Why Trone’s Critics Say He’s Trying to Buy a Seat in Congress

“The deck is certainly stacked against regular Marylanders,” said Damon Effingham of the Maryland chapter of Common Cause. “It’s not the power of your ideas that’s winning the day. It’s your outsized wealth.”


Associated Press: North Carolina map opponents ask US Supreme Court to affirm

Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and others said they filed motions Friday asking justices affirm a January lower court decision striking down the current boundaries as partisan gerrymanders. That three-judge panel's order to redraw the map immediately was delayed by justices during the appeal, so the 2016 boundaries are being used in this year's elections. The Common Cause motion requested oral arguments as an alternative if justices don't automatically uphold the lower ruling. Republican legislators who approved the map have two weeks to respond.


USA Today: With Congress stalled on sexual harassment legislation, lawmakers can escape sanctions by quitting

“When members resign, they can evade accountability,” said Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy for Common Cause, a nonprofit group that advocates for strong ethics and campaign finance requirements. “Voters don’t get the answers that they would otherwise get … and (lawmakers) are able to really put a cloak over whatever violations they may have committed,” Spaulding said.


USA Today Op-Ed: Facebook apologies aren't enough. The whole Internet needs a privacy overhaul.

For years, companies have failed to adequately protect our personal data, and our weak privacy laws have paved the way for this to happen. It’s high time to put consumer privacy ahead of corporate greed.


Newsweek: Will This Case Bring 'Dark Money' Into the Light?

“It illustrates how long it takes to get to this point,” Paul S. Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause, a non-partisan good government group, told Newsweek. “You really have to exhaust all your remedies.”​


Salon: Will dark money swamp the blue wave? Democrats’ fundraising lead could be deceptive

"If you want to fly under the radar and operate a dark-money group and raise tens of millions of dollars and spend it in the 2018 election, you could do that," Paul Seamus Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause, said, "and no one will know about it until you start making ad buys. Even then, they won’t know where you got the money or how much you have left in the bank.”

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