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Common Cause v. Senators Burr, Loeffler, Feinstein and Loeffler (STOCK Act)

Legal Filings

On March 20, 2020, Common Cause filed complaints with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice calling for investigations of Senators Richard Burr, Kelly Loeffler, James Inhofe and Dianne Feinstein to determine whether the Senators violated the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act), the Securities Exchange Act, the U.S. Criminal Code and other federal laws and regulations regarding stock trading applicable to Members of Congress. Specifically, Common Cause requested an investigation of whether these Senators engaged in illegal insider trading by trading stocks based on material, nonpublic information regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic received in private, confidential briefings for Senators by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and other government officials.

Voting & Elections 03.20.2020

Common Cause Urges COVID-19 Stimulus to Include 5 Key Priorities to Ensure a Healthy Democracy

Letter to Government Officials
Money & Influence 01.22.2020

Common Cause v. Our Revolution (“Soft Money” Violation)

Legal Filings

On January 22, 2020, Common Cause filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that Our Revolution, a nonprofit political organization established by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in 2016 and now supporting his 2020 presidential campaign, violated the federal ‘soft money’ ban. The complaint documents that Our Revolution has solicited contributions explicitly to elect Sanders president, received contributions far in excess of the applicable $5,000 contribution limit and spent funds in connection with federal elections, including current voter mobilization efforts supporting Sanders in Iowa.

Guide: Legal Considerations for Stakeholders Planning Get Out the Count Activities

There are laws guiding census and field outreach that stakeholders will need to keep in mind when planning their outreach. Census stakeholders have compiled many resources to help educate communities on legal safeguards that are in place to protect the confidentiality of responses. This section will help stakeholders quickly identify topline messages and frequently asked questions about census data confidentiality and guidelines for Get Out the Count activity.

12.17.2019

Letter to Congress: Common Cause Urges House To Pass Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

Letter to Government Officials

Common Cause is urging every member of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote for both articles of impeachment against President Trump. In the letter to Congress, Common Cause announces that it will be scoring both votes in its upcoming 2019 Democracy Scorecard.

Letter to Congress: Attorney General Barr Must Be Impeached And Removed From Office

Letter to Government Officials

Common Cause calls for the House of Representatives to impeach, and for the Senate to convict and remove, Attorney General William Barr from office.

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