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  •  they are (drum roll) (none)
    Government watchdogs that have been around since the 80s, and are almost always the ones filing complaints against one member or another with the House and Senate Ethics committees, as members usually don't being charges against each other. They also bring complaints to the FEC for various campaigns and interest groups violating campaign finance law.

    However, I find this post rather remarkable. Regardless of a dispute on the merits of internet regulation, this quote was pretty distinctly intended to express a need to regulate lobbying, which should be, frankly, a no-brainer.

    "If Kaine...can win by 6 points, then it's safe to say this is no longer a red state. Virginia is now a purple state" - Chuck Todd

    by VirginiaBelle on Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 12:17:35 PM PST

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    •  thanks for the helpful response (none)
      i couldn't find much info at their websites without digging around.  only so many hours in the day and all that...
    •  actually (none)
      Common Cause was founded in the 1970 by a Republican, John Gardner with the rallying cry "everyone is organized but the people."  it was one of the first watchdog lobbying organizations funded by individual donations.  hundreds of thousands of people sent in their dues so the organization could work towards getting the government to work in the interests of the people.  Common Cause has a long history of accomplishing governmental reforms, everything from sunshine laws to helping end the Vietnam war.

      for a decade in the 90s their almost cingular focus was enacting campaign finance reform, which culminated with the passage of BCRA (McCain-Feingold) in 2002.  since then they have broadened their issues, but continue to work on CFR issues like the blogs.

      Fred Wirthheimer used to be the president of Common Cause.  he felt that they lost some of their strident tenacity and went off to find Democracy 21.  the two groups continue to work together but do not always have the same opinions.

      Ann Coulter, the right-wing bully who seems too loud even when you mute the television. -NYT Magazine

      by juls on Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 12:49:36 PM PST

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      •  True as well (none)
        Common Cause is also pretty much the source for state by state campaign finance law. Thus, when you hear about state legislatures reforming their laws, Common Cause is often behind that.

        "If Kaine...can win by 6 points, then it's safe to say this is no longer a red state. Virginia is now a purple state" - Chuck Todd

        by VirginiaBelle on Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 01:01:12 PM PST

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        •  yes (none)
          they have over 30 state chapters and staff a fair number of them.  the rest are volunteer organizations, some of which are very active.

          (full disclosure, i used to work for CC at the national office)

          Ann Coulter, the right-wing bully who seems too loud even when you mute the television. -NYT Magazine

          by juls on Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 01:20:16 PM PST

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