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Join us on the evening of Tuesday, October 16th for our 48th Annual Meeting

Speaker Trevor Potter, an expert in campaign law; founder of the Campaign Legal Center; and the lawyer for Stephen Colbert’s super PAC, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” during the 2012 election (watch a video of him on The Colbert

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Common Cause supports additional reporting by Ethics Commission

August 21, 2018 For immediate release Today Common Cause Rhode Island submitted testimony to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission in support of the changes to their procedures for releasing information when there is no finding of probable cause. That testimony

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Common Cause Rhode Island files campaign finance complaint against Allan Fung and Carpionato Properties

June 18, 2018 For Immediate Release Today Common Cause Rhode Island filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Board of Elections against Allan W. Fung and Carpionato Properties for violations of Rhode Island campaign finance laws. The complaint alleges that

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2018 Common Cause Rhode Island Legislative Agenda

Independent Redistricting Rhode Island has suffered from political gerrymandering for centuries. Looking toward the 2020 Census, Common Cause wants to end the practice of incumbent politicians picking their voters. We will achieve this by putting an amendment to the Rhode

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Open Government Coalition Calls on East Greenwich Town Council to Cancel Meeting

Release: Open Government Coalition Calls on East Greenwich Town Council to Cancel Meeting FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 

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Statement of Common Cause Rhode Island regarding Ken Block’s letter to the U.S. Department of Justice

Today two-time former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asserting that current regulations of the Rhode Island Board of Elections, as they are worded, do not comport with the Help America Vote Act

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We (still) have to fix that

In 2013 Common Cause Rhode Island issued a report on problems with the administration of the 2012 election titled, “We have to fix that.” After sending dozens of volunteers around Rhode Island in 2016 we are back with an update;

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Statement of Common Cause Rhode Island on charges against former Representative Raymond Gallison

Statement of Common Cause Rhode Island on charges against former Representative Raymond Gallison It has happened again. With today’s plea agreement with former State Representative Raymond Gallison, Rhode Island has seen its third lawmaker arrested or charged in as many

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‘We have to fix that’

In 2012 Common Cause had volunteers at the polls in Rhode Island to observe the process. What we found was much room for improvement. Our report, ‘We have to fix that,’ provides details of what went wrong, and what can be done

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Open Government Groups Call for Release of 38 Studios Documents

August 2, 2016–Common Cause Rhode Island joined other open government groups today sending a letter to Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Stephen O’Donnell asking them to release records related to the 38 Studios

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