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Both our State Governing Board and Policy Committee meetings are open to the public. The next Policy Committee meeting will be held at our office on Monday, December 8, 2014, at 5:30pm. 

Posted in NEWS & EVENTS

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Your donation and/or membership allows us to continue our work as a nonpartisan organization promoting representative democracy by ensuring open, ethical, accountable, effective government processes at local, state and national levels by educating and mobilizing the citizens of Rhode Island. Gifts


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Please sign up for our special email bulletins, which during the legislative session may ask you to help advocate to your elected officials about proposed bills. E-Alerts are a powerful tool for Common Cause/RI. The wider and faster we can


Find Your Legislator

Link to the RI Secretary of State’s Office below. Find out who your elected officials are, check your voter registration, locate your local board of canvassers, view sample ballots for upcoming elections and find out where your polling place is.


Ethics Held Hostage

Learn more about Common Cause RI effort to hold the General Assembly accountable to the ethical standards all other public officials are held to. 

Posted in Uncategorized


At Common Cause Rhode Island we are working to ensure our democracy works for all Rhode Islanders every day by affecting change at the local, state, and national levels of government. By educating and mobilizing our members we work to

Posted in ISSUES


Rhode Islanders want a government that is free of conflict-of-interest.  That is why three decades ago we created one of the strongest Ethics Commissions in the United States.  Since then we have worked to eliminate nepotism, minimize the size of

Posted in ISSUES

Judicial Reform

Background and History The 1980s and the early 1990s in Rhode Island were a time of extraordinary turmoil in general and in the state’s unified court system in particular: In 1986 Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph A. Bevilacqua, a former speaker who

Posted in ISSUES

Money in Politics

For forty years Common Cause has highlighted the corrosive role of money in our political system.  In Rhode Island we’ve lead the way on campaign finance limits, requiring electronic filing of campaign finance information, and the disclosure of the sources

Posted in ISSUES

Open Government

Transparent government is key to holding power accountable. In Rhode Island the Open Meetings Act, Access to Public Records Act, and Administrative Procedures Act form the foundation of open government.  Common Cause continues to fight for improvements to those laws. 

Posted in ISSUES