John McCain Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Statement of Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn 

Common Cause joins the nation in wishing peace and comfort to the family, friends, and colleagues of Senator John McCain.

John McCain dedicated most of his life to serving his country, as a pilot in the Navy, a prisoner of war in Vietnam, a Senator for more than 30 years, and as a Republican nominee for President.

As a U.S. Senator, McCain worked with Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Common Cause to pass significant campaign finance reform – the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold), which banned soft money and curbed corporate and labor union spending to influence elections. During that fight, McCain showed tenacity in bucking his party and its leadership to eventually pass the reform in 2002.

Senator McCain’s courage, grit, and confidence inspired millions of Americans who will miss his voice in the U.S. Senate.