Common Cause Montana is a leader in the fight for government that works for everyone, not just the rich and powerful. We work to advance a non-partisan, innovative, pragmatic, and comprehensive pro-democracy agenda, including:
- Sensible limits on political spending and full disclosure of political contributions and spending. We believe Montanans have a right to know who is trying to influence our votes and our elected officials.
- Voting laws and political boundaries that ensure that everyone has an equal voice and full access to the ballot box and that every vote is counted as cast.
- Strong ethical standards for candidates and elected officials. We believe everyone pays the price when our elected representatives do not lead by example and that our government should give as much attention to doing what’s right — and avoiding what’s wrong — as parents all over America do everyday.
We lobby the governor and state legislators — Democrat, Republican and independent — for bills that advance our agenda. On occasion, we also go to court to protect our democratic values and ensure that everyone has full and fair representation.
Our activities and achievements include:
- We partnered in “Stand With Montanans,” the campaign for a 2012 ballot initiative in which 75 percent of Montanans formally called on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on money in politics.
- We joined with other reform groups in appealing a federal court ruling that struck down Montana’s law limiting campaign contributions. The appeals court in October 2017 agreed with our position and restored the state law.
- We mobilized our Montana members and supporters in 2015 to lobby state legislators to pass the Montana Disclose Act. The law requires any independent group that puts money into an election campaign to reveal how the money is being used and where it’s coming from.
- We joined with Montana State University to form the Montana Media Partnership and produce a detailed report documenting how online services offered to citizens by local governments in rural counties fall short of those available to residents in metropolitan areas.
We understand that in a democracy the ultimate power rests with “we the people.” Join Common Cause Montana and our national staff to drive phone calls to lawmakers, attend lobby days, support educational events and more, helping pass reforms in Montana.
You can also learn more about how to take action for our democracy in Montana at peopleslobby.cc