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.

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Newswire article
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Common Cause Honors Four Defenders of Democracy
Today, Common Cause honors four “Defenders of Democracy” who have played pivotal roles in reshaping America’s legal landscape to address the scourge of partisan gerrymandering. As the 2020 Decennial Census and the ensuing 2021 redistricting cycle fast approach, Common Cause recognizes the efforts...
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Newswire article
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Trump Emoluments Clause Violations Compounded as he Awards G-7 to His Own Resort
President Trump’s contempt for the United States Constitution is laid bare again with the White House announcement that the G-7 Summit will be held at a Trump resort in Florida. If not stopped by the courts, the summit would represent yet another violation of the emoluments clause as the President...
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Newswire article
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Campaign Finance Charges Against Ukrainegate Figures an Encouraging Sign
The arrest and indictment of Soviet-born agents of Rudy Giuliani for illegally funneling foreign money into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential run is an encouraging sign that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York will enforce the laws even if Main Justice is run by Trump-apologist...
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Newswire article
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Trump Is Defying the Constitution and Congressional Republicans Must Join Effort to Curb the Abuse of Power
The President’s refusal to comply with congressional demands for witness testimony and documents in its impeachment investigation is a direct defiance of the United States Constitution. This blatant obstruction of an impeachment investigation will likely be included in future articles of...
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Tuesday, October 01, 2019
With DC Circuit Remand of FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Congress and States Must Act
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion upholding much of the FCC’s 2017 decision repealing its 2015 net neutrality rules. In upholding the FCC’s 2017 decision, the Court reverses its prior decision where it fully upheld the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules. However,...
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Newswire article
Monday, September 23, 2019
DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Others for Illegal Solicitation of Contribution from Ukrainian President
Today, Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that President Donald Trump, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, and other political operatives illegally solicited a political contribution from a foreign national—by...
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Monday, September 23, 2019
Common Cause Applauds Third Circuit Reversal of FCC Media Ownership Deregulation
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision vacating and remanding the FCC’s decisions to roll back several of its media ownership rules. The rules prohibited a single entity from owning too many newspaper, radio, and television stations within a local market. In...
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Monday, September 16, 2019
FCC Approval of Nexstar-Tribune Ignores Public Interest Harms and Turns Blind Eye Toward Citizen Participation in Merger Proceedings
Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved the proposed merger of Nexstar Media Group and Tribune Media Company. The approval gives Nexstar control of 144 stations in 115 markets, creating the largest broadcast conglomerate in the nation. Common Cause filed a petition to deny formally...
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Thursday, September 05, 2019
Common Cause Urges States to Expand Voter Registration Through Lottery Tickets
Today, in advance of National Voter Registration Day on September 24 th , Common Cause called on state lottery commissioners throughout the country to add voter registration information to the back of lottery tickets. In a letter to commissioners in the 45 states with lotteries, the nonpartisan...
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Newswire article
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
North Carolina Court Should Release Trove of Gerrymandering Files
Yesterday’s ruling in North Carolina against partisan gerrymandering is truly a case of a person’s words ringing from the grave. Dr. Thomas Hofeller was the chief mapmaker for the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature. He passed away in late 2018. Common Cause, with representation from...
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