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A control room at television station WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia -- a swing-state television market slammed with attack ads during the 2012 election cycle. (AP Photo/AP Video)
August 1, 2014 | Blog

Reform groups are asking the FCC to disclose online who funds political ads on cable and satellite television. Continue reading

Avaaz joins with other US advocacy groups to deliver more than a million signatures for a free and democratic internet to the FCC in Washington using a giant digital counter on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Avaaz)
Updated April 30, 2014 | Activism

As powerful media organizations and the government threaten to stifle free speech, a coalition of activists is fighting for your right to connect and communicate. Continue reading

comcast, net neutrality
February 17, 2014 | Blog

Michael Copps says if Comcast acquires Time Warner, consumers will lose out in the end, as they would if the FCC fails to respond to a recent court decision overturning the concept of Net neutrality. Continue reading

The United States Capitol, with the Supreme Court, left, and Library of Congress, right, and RFK Stadium behind, is seen from the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Washington. The monument has been closed since the 2011 earthquake and half of the needed repairs have been funded by a $7.5 million donation from philanthropist David Rubenstein. The Associated Press had a look at some of the worst damage and the preparations underway to begin making repairs. Stone by stone, engineers are reviewing cracks, missing pieces and broken mortar now that huge scaffolding has been built around the towering symbol of the nationís capital. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 24, 2013 | Blog

Amid so much dysfunction, some in Congress are fighting for reform. Here are five bipartisan bills that could help fix our broken democracy. Continue reading

Wisconsin State Capitol at night. (Darin ten Bruggencate/Wikimedia Commons)
June 14, 2013 | Blog

Despite its expressed commitment to transparency, the controversial organization appears to have undertaken efforts to stop its documents from falling into outside hands. Continue reading

In a Tuesday, June 5, 2012 photo, Lt. Sam Greenaway, right, looks at side scan sonar data along with survey tech Dvid Moehl, left, aboard the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration research ship Ferdinand R. Hassler in Norfolk, Va. The federal research vessel that will help update nautical charts on the East Coast will be commissioned Friday June 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
May 18, 2013 | Q&A

The director of the Center for Science and Democracy says scientific research is a core part of our democracy that is under threat from corporations and sequestration cuts. Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, the Center’s director, explains how industry manipulates and undermines scientific research, and the challenges scientists face in the digital age. Continue reading

Bob Edgar (Credit: Robbin Holland)
April 25, 2013

The head of Common Cause, who died this week, once told Bill, “If the predators of democracy are going to use brass knuckles to pulverize us, we have to fight back with sharp elbows.” Continue reading

Bob Edgar (Credit: Robbin Holland)
April 23, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship remembers the head of Common Cause as “an energetic and ebullient crusader for reform who delighted in progressive success.” Continue reading

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Chamber. (AP Photo/Kalim A. Bhatti)
April 23, 2013 | Eye on ALEC

Several recent reports on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, reveal more about the funding of the meetings between state legislators and corporate lobbyists — and what’s on the agenda. Continue reading

Nixon Library Watergate
March 29, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship says the Watergate scandal produced heroes and accountability, both of which are in very short supply today. Continue reading

Former Senator Russ Feingold speaks at a Common Cause conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate.
March 15, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship talks with the economist about lessons on government transparency that America learned, then forgot, in the years since Watergate. Continue reading

Jim Messina,  national chairman of Organizing for Action and President Obama's former campaign manager. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
March 7, 2013 | Blog
The president's nonprofit announces a change in policy after receiving criticism from editorial boards and campaign finance reformers.
Representatives of the media advocacy group Free Press deliver 200,000 petition signatures to the FCC. (Free Press)
December 12, 2012 | Blog

Representatives of several media advocacy groups delivered petitions opposing relaxation of media ownership laws. Continue reading

January 13, 2012

Get the resources you need to follow the influential money trail in politics. Continue reading

John Gardner, Chairman of Common Cause, is seen speaking at a Washington news conference. November 1974. (AP Photo)
October 6, 2010 | Speeches

Remarks by Bill Moyers at the 40th Anniversary of Common Cause in Washington, D.C. Continue reading