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Common Cause

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Common Cause is a voter registration group based in Washington, DC that was founded in 1968. As of 2019 they had $8.6 million in revenue and $4.3 million in assets.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest.

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Program areas at Common Cause

Voting and electionscommon cause Maryland helped pass a statewide ballot initiative to establish election day voter registration.common cause Massachusetts led a coalition to successfully pass automatic voter registration in the bay state.common cause new york helped led the let ny vote coalition to successfully push for the state legislature to pass a package of voting rights reforms, including establishing early voting opportunities, consolidating new york's federal and state primary dates, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, portable voter registration, and proposed constitutional amendments establishing same day voter registration and no excuse absentee voting. Common cause was instrumental in helping pass the national popular vote (npv) interstate compact in Colorado, new mexico, Delaware, and Oregon.

Redistricting and representationcolorado common cause helped pass two statewide ballot initiatives to create independent citizens redistricting commissions for congressional and state legislative redistricting. We led successful ballot initiatives to pass independent redistricting commissions in several California localities common cause president karen hobert flynn testified before the house oversight & reform committee on h.r. 1, the for the people act, which went viral and was part of the most watched online video ever of an elected official we helped lead the grassroots, communications, and lobbying effort to successfully pass h.r. 1 in the house with unanimous democratic supportour democracy 2018 candidate questionnaire--more than 350 congressional candidates completed our questionnaire to show where they stand on 18 key democracy reform issues 2018 democracy scorecard: this scorecard grades all 535 members of congress on their support for key democracy reforms. Viewers can enter their address and find their members of congress, and how ...

Campaign finance & ethicscommon cause new mexico helped pass a ballot initiative to create a statewide independent ethics commission and worked in the legislature to pass a money in politics disclosure bill. Common cause Maryland helped pass a ballot initiative in baltimore to establish a fair elections fund in order to create a citywide public election financing program. Common cause Oregon worked to pass a campaign finance reform bill that will send an initiative to the 2020 ballot to approve state constitutional authority to enact laws on money in the political process.

Form 990s for Common Cause

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-06Dec 6, 2019990View PDF
2018-06Dec 22, 2018990View PDF
2017-06Dec 1, 2017990OView PDF
2016-06Jan 24, 2017990OView PDF
2015-06Jan 11, 2016990OView PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Common Cause

Total grants, contributions, etc.$8,630,034
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$12,932
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$150
Net rental income$-6,009
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$46,564
Net income from fundraising events$-31,075
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$-27
Total revenues$8,652,569

Vendors for Common Cause

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Microsoft ServicesSoftware2020-03-17
█████████Content management system software2020-03-04
████ ███ █████Tax accounting; Audit accounting2019-12-06
███ ██████████Direct Mail Production$979,1182019-06-01
███ █████████Database$258,7442019-06-01
████ ███ ████████Website Services$134,3732019-06-01
██████ ██████████ █████ ███Direct Mail Campaign Services$195,5832018-06-01
█████████List Management$157,6752018-06-01
...and five more vendors

Personnel at Common Cause

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Karen Hobert FlynnPresident Leadership / President and Chief Executive Officer$182,211May 20, 2020
Bette MarchantChief Financial Officer Finance and Accountingleadership-May 20, 2020
███████ █████████Chief of Strategy and External Affairs-Dec. 17, 2018
█████ █████████Chief of External Strategies$73,247June 30, 2019
█████ ███████Vice President , Communications / Vice President for Communications$74,412June 30, 2019
███ ██████████████Vice - President for Development$67,087June 30, 2019
█████ ████ ████████Vice President for State Operations$52,926June 30, 2019
████ ██ ████Vice President$87,076June 30, 2019
██████ ████████Executive Director-May 20, 2020
██████████ ██████████████████Executive Director , Common Cause Minnesota-May 20, 2020
...and 31 more key personnel

Peer voter registration and education organizations

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2Organizing for Action501(c)(4)$4.7 millionWashington, DC
3Better Medicare Alliance (BMA)501(c)(4)$9.5 millionWashington, DC
4Americans for Tax Reform501(c)(4)$10 millionWashington, DC
5America Votes501(c)(4)$12 millionWashington, DC
6Third Way501(c)(4)$3.2 millionWashington, DC
7Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA)501(c)(4)$8.2 millionWashington, DC
8Save the Children Action Network501(c)(4)$7.2 millionWashington, DC
9League of Women Voters of the United States (LWV)501(c)(4)$6.0 millionWashington, DC
10Club for Growth501(c)(4)$6.7 millionWashington, DC
11Fwdus Education Fund501(c)(3)$22 millionWashington, DC
12Organize Pennsylvania501(c)(4)$3.1 millionPittsburgh, PA
13Illinois Opportunity Project501(c)(4)$3.5 millionChicago, IL
14PEOPLE'S Action501(c)(4)$3.1 millionChicago, IL
15NRDC Action Fund501(c)(4)$5.0 millionNew York, NY
16Maine PEOPLE'S Alliance (MPA)501(c)(4)$2.6 millionPortland, ME
17MomsRising Together501(c)(4)$3.6 millionBellevue, WA
18RepresentUs501(c)(4)$2.8 millionFlorence, MA
19One Action501(c)(4)$3.9 millionWashington, DC
20AMERICA'S Voice (AV)501(c)(4)$3.1 millionWashington, DC
21Priorities USA501(c)(4)$18 millionWashington, DC
22National Taxpayers Union (NTU)501(c)(4)$3.1 millionWashington, DC
23Tobacco Free Kids Action Fund501(c)(4)$26 millionWashington, DC
24ACLU Of Texas501(c)(4)$2.7 millionHouston, TX
25Fair Elections Center501(c)(3)$2.4 millionWashington, DC