Common Cause

Common Cause is dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard in the political process.

“In this spirit, Common Cause serves as an independent voice for change and a watchdog against corruption and abuse of power. Together with our sister organization, the Common Cause Education Fund, we employ a powerful combination of grassroots organizing, coalition building, research, policy development, public education, lobbying and litigation to win reform at all levels of government.

“Founded with 4,000 core members in 1970 to serve as a people’s lobby, Common Cause has grown into a nationwide network of more than 400,000 members and supporters, with offices in 36 states and Washington, D.C..  Today [Common Cause] works tirelessly to:

  • Strengthen public participation and faith in our institutions of self-government;
  • Ensure that government and the political process serve the common good, rather than special interests;
  • Curb the excessive influence of money on government decisions and elections and illuminate the connections between lobbying money coming in and government expenditures going out;
  • Promote fair, honest and transparent elections;
  • Hold government officials accountable for working within the rule of law and under high standards of ethical conduct;
  • Fight for a vigorous, independent and diverse media; and
  • Protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans.

“To make our democracy work, we must claim it as our own. John Gardner, Common Cause’s founder, wrote that, ‘The citizen can bring our political and governmental institutions back to life, make them responsive and accountable and keep them honest. No one else can.’

“This then is our common cause: to forge a democracy by and responsive to an engaged public, and committed to progress in the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice for all.”

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