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

Newswire article
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Departure of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn a Loss for the FCC and the Public Interest
Commissioner Clyburn’s announcement is sad news for us all. She gave eloquent and effective voice to many millions who have for so long lacked a voice at the FCC, and her work to make communications policy work for everyone makes her a champion to them and to me. She’s been a can-do and...
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Newswire article
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Facebook Can't Police Itself; Congress Must Enact Comprehensive Safeguards & Disclosure
The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal is another example in a long list where companies have failed to protect the online privacy of their users. Americans have a fundamental right to privacy, and our democracy functions best when we have control over our personal information online. But...
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Newswire article
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Common Cause & Voting Rights Institute File SCOTUS Brief in Challenge to Texas Racial Gerrymander
Today, Common Cause and the Voting Rights Institute filed an amici brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Abbott v. Perez , in support of a challenge to Texas legislative districts twice found by lower courts to be discriminatory racial gerrymanders perpetrated by the state Legislature. The maps drawn...
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Newswire article
Monday, April 02, 2018
Sinclair Broadcasting’s Forced Propaganda Offers Yet Another Reason FCC Should Reject Tribune Media Purchase
Sinclair’s latest plan to force its local stations to air must-run segments criticizing other news outlets is another example of the company masking its editorialized content with trusted local broadcasters. President Trump’s tweet dismissing opposition to Sinclair’s destruction of local news shows...
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Newswire article
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Citizenship Question Threatens A Fair and Accurate Census
Americans deserve a fair and accurate census where everyone within the borders of our country are counted, regardless of their citizenship status. The inclusion of the citizenship question threatens that constitutional requirement and politicizes this process. The Trump Administration’s anti-...
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Newswire article
Monday, March 26, 2018
DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against Cambridge Analytica for Violating Prohibition on Election-Related Activities by Foreign Nationals in Work for Trump, Others
Today, Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that Cambridge Analytica LTD and its sister company, SCL Group Limited, and numerous employees of the London-based companies repeatedly violated the...
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Newswire article
Thursday, March 22, 2018
On Eve of the March for Our Lives a New Report Examines the NRA’s Huge Influence in Washington
Americans from every corner of the nation are descending on Washington for the March for Our Lives to advocate reforming the nation’s gun laws in the wake of the latest tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida. The protestors face a powerful, entrenched, and well-funded Washington special interest in...
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Newswire article
Monday, March 19, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Pennsylvania Supreme Court Congressional Redistricting
Today’s Supreme Court Ruling was a victory for Pennsylvania voters who will now be able to cast ballots for congressional candidates in districts not unconstitutionally manipulated to make them uncompetitive. It has always been our belief that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court acted in the best...
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Newswire article
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
'Our Children Are Showing Us What Makes America Great'
Statement of Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause: Today’s outpouring of student activism is the most encouraging sign in years about the future of American democracy. Across the country, our children are showing us what really makes America great: citizens standing up and making...
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Newswire article
Friday, March 09, 2018
Common Cause, Allies Ask Appeals Court To Overturn FCC 'Cross-Ownership' Decision
Common Cause is part of a coalition of public interest, religious, and labor groups urging a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission decision that threatens the survival of local media and negatively impacts minority-owned media outlets. In a filing this week in the U...
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