Common Cause

Common Cause

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.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, July 16, 2018
Statement in Response to FCC Chairman Pai Designating Sinclair-Tribune Merger for Administrative Hearing
Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement stating he has serious concerns over the Sinclair-Tribune merger and proposed referring the transaction to an administrative hearing. The following can be attributed to Michael Copps, Common Cause Special Advisor and Former FCC Commissioner: "It's...
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Monday, July 16, 2018
President Trump’s Ongoing Denial of Russian Threat Reinforces Need for Congressional Action
President Trump’s continued efforts to obfuscate and dodge forcefully addressing Russian interference in the 2016 election hammer home the need for Congress to act to safeguard our elections and our democracy. Americans expect their President and other elected officials to put their country before...
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Friday, July 13, 2018
On Eve of Putin-Trump Meeting, Mueller Investigation Indicts 12 Russian Military Officials
President Trump will be meeting alone next week with Vladimir Putin, who ordered a “campaign aimed at the US presidential election” to “undermine the US-led liberal democratic order” and “to undermine public faith in the US democratic process” with a “clear preference for President Trump,”...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Massachusetts Legislature Passes Automatic Voter Registration
Today, the Massachusetts legislature became the latest state to successfully pass legislation to enable automatic voter registration (AVR). The bill, passed by both houses of the state legislature, will now head to Governor Charlie Baker following several other procedural votes, which are expected...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Common Cause joins Public Knowledge in Requesting FCC Delay Review of Sinclair-Tribune Merger Pending D.C. Circuit Case
Today, Common Cause joined Public Knowledge in filing a motion requesting the FCC hold the Sinclair-Tribune merger review in abeyance pending the D.C. Circuit’s review of the agency’s decision to reinstate the UHF Discount. The UHF discount is a provision that allows broadcasters operating UHF...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
New Report Examines the Business of Mass Incarceration and the Damage it Does to Democracy
Today, Common Cause issued a new report examining how corrections industry influence, felony disenfranchisement and prison gerrymandering fuel mass incarceration and undermine democracy. Democracy Behind Bars looks at our broken criminal justice system and how it is manipulated for the benefit and...
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Monday, June 25, 2018
Roberts Court Deals Blow to Minority Voting Rights in Texas Racial Gerrymander Case
Except for one state legislative district, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Texas congressional and state legislative districts and overturned a lower court decision that the districts were racially discriminatory. The lower court in Abbott v. Perez had previously determined that the districts...
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Thursday, June 14, 2018
IG Report Must Not Undermine or Distract from Mueller Investigation’s 23 Indictments and 5 Guilty Pleas
The Inspector General’s report runs more than 500 pages but it clearly states that the investigation “found no evidence that the conclusions by Department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we concluded that they were based on the prosecutors’ assessment of...
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Federal Judge Decision to Approve ATT/Time Warner Merger Is a Loss for Consumers, Competition, and Innovation
Today, a federal judge issued a ruling approving the proposed $85.4 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner. The approval allows one of the largest internet service providers to merge with one of the largest film and television studio companies creating an entity that will control the...
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Supreme Court Clears Ohio Voter Roll Purges
“Every American deserves the chance to make their voice heard in our elections without fear of election officials targeting them because of their voting history,” said Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn. “But regardless of how the Court dressed up today’s ruling, the narrow majority just...
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