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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Thursday, November 16, 2017
FCC Vote Kneecaps Local Media by Clearing Way for Massive Mergers like Sinclair-Tribune
Even for this craven FCC majority, today’s vote to bless more media consolidation represents an awful new low. The FCC just wiped away time-tested and common sense safeguards that promote vibrant local media by ensuring voters have access to competing sources of news. By blessing consolidation this...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Justice Gorsuch Should Reconsider Plan to Speak at Trump-Branded Hotel
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch risks violating judicial ethics if he follows through on plans to deliver a keynote speech at a “Defending American Freedom” luncheon next month at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, Common Cause warned today. In a letter to Gorsuch , Common Cause...
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Illinois Becomes 10th State to Enact Automatic Voter Registration
Today, Illinois became the tenth state, along with the District of Columbia, to successfully enact automatic voter registration (AVR). Governor Bruce Rauner signed into a law a bill that creates more accessible and secure elections by automatically registering voters unless they opt out of the...
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Friday, August 04, 2017
Trump Administration Must Give Mueller and Grand Jury a Wide Berth & Full Cooperation
The impaneling of a grand jury to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election hammers home the imperative that the Trump Administration must not interfere with Robert Mueller’s investigation or that of the grand jury. Regardless of whether the President wants to continue to...
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Friday, July 14, 2017
Common Cause Sues to Protect Voters Under Privacy Act
The nonpartisan good government watchdog group Common Cause filed suit today to protect the privacy rights of voters, specifically seeking to prevent “the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans,” by the Presidential...
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. E-mails Are Smoking Gun Confirming Illegal Solicitation from Foreign National
If these e-mails are not a hoax, they are the smoking gun showing that Donald Trump Jr. illegally solicited a contribution from a foreign national—in the form of opposition research against Hillary Clinton—as our complaints yesterday alleged. These e-mails show a clear violation of federal campaign...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Common Cause Urges Sean Spicer to Make White House Accountable to the American People and Allow Cameras Back Into the Daily Press Briefings
Today, Common Cause urged White House communications director Sean Spicer to return to established norms and allow cameras and live audio feeds at daily White House press briefings. “If any Administration ever needed to be more transparent and honest with the media it is the Trump Administration,...
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Common Cause Praises Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation into Russian Cyber Attacks on US Elections; Urges Action to Prepare for Future Threats
Today, Common Cause praised the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the Russian government’s cyber attacks on the U.S. election infrastructure and urged the Committee to make recommendations which would safeguard the United States from future attacks. “Our...
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Comey Statement Makes Clear Trump Attempted to Interfere with Russian Investigation
The conduct of President Trump outlined in the opening statement James Comey will deliver tomorrow is an absolutely unacceptable abuse of power and reeks of obstruction of justice, which are impeachable offenses. If obstruction of justice is not already a major focus of the ongoing investigations,...
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Monday, May 22, 2017
White House Blocks OGE’s Ability to Enforce Ethics Rules
The White House move to block the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) from collecting waivers granted by Trump Administration nominees to work in fields where they recently lobbied is an outrage and part of a disturbing pattern. OGE was created in the wake of the Watergate scandal to monitor ethics...
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