FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2011
5:37 PM

CONTACT: Common Cause

Mary Boyle, (202) 736-5770

Common Cause Condemns Bigotry, Hateful Statements Caught on Film at Rally

WASHINGTON - February 3 - Common Cause's 40 year history of holding power accountable has been marked by a commitment to decency and civility - in public and private. So we are of course outraged to find that a few of those attending the events around a gathering Common Cause helped to organize Sunday near Palm Springs voiced hateful, narrow-minded sentiments to an interviewer in the crowd.

We condemn bigotry and hate speech in every form, even when it comes from those who fancy themselves as our friends.

Anyone who has attended a public event has encountered people whose ideas or acts misrepresented, even embarrassed, the gathering. Every sporting event has its share of "fans" whose boorish behavior on the sidelines makes a mockery of good sportsmanship; every political gathering has a crude sign-painter or epithet-spewing heckler.

We organized the "Uncloak the Kochs" panel discussion and took part in the rally afterwards to call public attention to the political power of Koch Industries and other corporations, their focus on expanding that power, and the dangers it presents to our democracy.

We're committed to staging other forums and public events in the coming months to continue that effort. We urge all Americans of good will to join us.

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Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.



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