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Common Cause Files Amicus Brief To Restore Net Neutrality

Aug. 28, 2018 –  Common Cause joined The Greenlining Institute, Center for Media Justice, Color of Change, 18 Million Rising, Media Alliance, and Media Mobilizing Project in filing an amicus brief urging the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to vacate the Federal Communications Commission’s unlawful repeal of net neutrality. The groups argued that […]

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Michael Copps: Sinclair-Tribune Merger Termination is a Major Victory for Democracy

Aug. 9, 2018 – Today, Tribune Media Company announced it terminated its merger with Sinclair Broadcast Group. The termination comes after the Federal Communications Commission designated the transaction for an administrative hearing. The $3.9 billion merger would have allowed Sinclair to reach 72 percent of households nationwide. Statement of Michael Copps, Former FCC Commissioner and […]

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New Report Examines the Business of Mass Incarceration & the Damage it Does to Democracy

June 28, 2018 – 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 profit of the prison industry. The report goes on […]

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Karen Hobert Flynn: White House Intelligence Briefing on Confidential Informant Must Include Gang of 8

May 23, 2018 – Statement of Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn Tomorrow’s White House briefing by law enforcement and intelligence officials to discuss a confidential informant’s interactions with Trump campaign officials in 2016 cannot be a closed partisan meeting and must include members of both political parties through the “Gang of Eight.” Despite President […]

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Michael Copps: Common Cause Applauds Senate for Passing Joint Resolution to Restore Net Neutrality

May 16, 2018 – Statement of Michael Copps, former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Special Advisor: Common Cause applauds the Senate for passing the joint resolution to restore net neutrality. Special thanks to Senator Markey, Senator Schumer and others for their leadership on this important resolution to undo the FCC’s net neutrality repeal. The overwhelming […]

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Paul S. Ryan: Trump Attorney Appears to Have Made Illegal Contribution to Campaign with Stormy Daniels Hush Money

Feb. 14, 2018 – The admission by Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen that he made the $130,000 payment of apparent hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election does not make the Trump campaign’s legal problems go away despite Cohen’s assertions. As Trump’s personal attorney, Cohen was an agent of […]

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Karen Hobert Flynn: Speaker Ryan Must Curb House Intelligence Chair’s Efforts to Undermine FBI Russia Investigation

Jan. 29, 2018 – Americans deserve to know the truth about the Russian attacks on the 2016 presidential election but House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) has made every effort – including tonight — to discredit the investigation and whitewash what has already come to light. To protect the integrity of the House of Representatives […]

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The Art of the Lie: Report Documents President Trump’s First Year Failure on Government Integrity and Accountability Issues

Jan. 29, 2019 – As President Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union later this week, Common Cause and Democracy 21 are releasing a new report, “The Art of the Lie,” which pulls together a dizzying series of events and provides an overview of this unprecedented presidency. The report bundles together the […]

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DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against Trump Campaign for Failure to Report $130K Hush Money Payment

Jan. 23, 2018 – Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the payment of $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. Stormy Daniels), through an LLC, was an unreported in-kind contribution to President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign committee in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act. […]

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Common Cause Prevails in Federal Court Challenge to North Carolina’s Partisan Gerrymander

January 10, 2018 – Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina unanimously struck down North Carolina’s partisan gerrymander of congressional districts by the state’s legislature in a challenge originally brought by Common Cause. The constitutional challenge, Common Cause v. Rucho, was consolidated with a subsequent suit, League of Women Voters […]

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Common Cause Calls for Investigation of Wilbur Ross’ Offshore Investments in Kremlin-linked Companies

Nov. 6, 2017 – Today, Common Cause called on the Inspector General of the Commerce Department to investigate Secretary Wilbur Ross’ significant investments in a shipping company closely linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle that came to light through the “Paradise Papers.” Financial filings reveal that Ross’s investments include between $2 and $10 million dollars […]

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Paul S. Ryan: Donald Trump Jr. E-mails Are Smoking Gun Confirming Illegal Solicitation from Foreign National

July 11, 2017 – Statement of Paul S. Ryan, Common Cause Vice President for Policy and Litigation 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 […]

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Karen Hobert Flynn: Flynn Scandal Emphasizes Need for Select Committee Investigation of Russian Election Influence

Feb. 14, 2017 – Statement by Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn Democracy, and the American voters’ faith in it, depends on free and fair elections. Voters deserve an impartial investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race by a Bipartisan Select Committee. The resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn only raises more […]

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Karen Hobert Flynn: Trump Must Call for Select Committee if He Wants to Clear his Name About Russian Interference in 2016 Election

Jan. 11, 2017 – Statement by Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn President-elect Trump must call for a Joint Bipartisan Select Committee if he wants to clear his name and answer questions concerning the extent to which Russian government interference helped him win the presidency. Trump’s continued dismissals of the U.S. intelligence community’s findings of […]