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Common Cause Education Fund

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

Common Cause Education Fund is a voter registration group based in Washington, DC that was founded in 2000. As of 2019 they had $8.6 million in revenue and $8.0 million in assets.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest.

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Program areas at Common Cause Education Fund

Voting and elections2018 election protection effort: Common Cause and partners had grassroots field and legal volunteers in 30 states. Common Cause led an aggressive field program in 19 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, 72 Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, new mexico, north carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, rhode island, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. "delivering on automatic voter registration's promise: implementation lessons from the states" reportjointly authored a report on the dangers of email and internet voting"democracy behind bars" reportfiled lawsuit Common Cause v. raffensperger, challenging the Georgia secretary of state's failure to maintain a secure voter database, increasing likelihood of unlawful voter purges. We won a temporary restraining order, which prompted a legislative change to fix the problem. "democracy on the ballot" report

Money in politics & ethicscommon Cause has continued to lead a successful effort to pressure corporations to leave the american legislative exchange council (alec) "alec in Louisiana" report"testing the waters" reportcomplaints filed with department of justice (doj) and federal election commission (fec) alleging violations of campaign finance laws by numerous trump campaign donorsfiled supplement to earlier fec complaint providing new details of likely violations of campaign finance laws by trump campaign related to 2016 trump tower meeting with russian nationalsfiled supplements to earlier doj and fec complaints with new details of alleged illegal coordination between trump campaign and outside groups america first policies and america first action

Redistricting & representationcommon Cause brought historic litigation to the u.s. supreme court to challenge the partisan gerrymandering of north carolina's congressional map in rucho v. Common Cause "preparing for the 2020 census: how state legislators can ensure that every person counts" policy brief with the leadership conference and sixcommon Cause filed a groundbreaking lawsuit, Common Cause v. lewis, challenging partisan gerrymandering of state legislative districts as violative of the state constitution, which went to trial in july 2019common Cause participated as amicus curiae in two lawsuits challenging the u.s. census bureau's addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, new york v. commerce and California v. ross. The u.s. supreme court ruled that the census bureau's justification for including the citizenship question on the 2020 census was pretextual and unacceptable, leading the census bureau to drop its efforts to include the question on the census.

Form 990s for Common Cause Education Fund

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-06Dec 5, 2019990View PDF
2018-06Dec 22, 2018990View PDF
2017-06Dec 1, 2017990View PDF
2016-06Jan 25, 2017990View PDF
2015-06Jan 11, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Common Cause Education Fund

Total grants, contributions, etc.$8,746,487
Program services$2,793
Investment income and dividends$91,636
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-493
Net income from fundraising events$-161,781
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$8,678,642

Vendors for Common Cause Education Fund

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
Tate and TryonTax accounting; Audit accounting2019-12-05
█████████ ████████Software2019-08-29
█████████Content management system software2019-08-20
████████ ██████████ ███Consulting$175,0002018-06-01
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...and seven more vendors

Personnel at Common Cause Education Fund

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Karen Hobert FlynnPresident Leadership / President and Chief Executive Officer$149,082May 20, 2020
Bette MarchantChief Financial Officer Finance and Accountingleadership / Senior Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer-May 20, 2020
█████ █████████Chief of External Strategies$89,524June 30, 2019
█████ ███████Vice President , Communications$74,412June 30, 2019
████ ████Vice President , Legislative Affairs$87,076June 30, 2019
███ ██████████████Vice President of Development$67,087June 30, 2019
█████ ████ ████████Vice President for State Operations$104,605Jan. 8, 2019
██████ ████████Executive Director-May 20, 2020
███████ █████████Executive Director Common Cause Texas-May 20, 2020
█████████ ██████Executive Director-May 20, 2020
...and 22 more key personnel

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9League of Women Voters Education Fund501(c)(3)$3.7 millionWashington, DC
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11Democracy North Carolina501(c)(3)$3.5 millionDurham, NC
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15Young Invincibles (YI)501(c)(3)$5.7 millionWashington, DC
16The Niskanen Center501(c)(3)$4.3 millionWashington, DC
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18Independent WOMEN'S Forum (IWF)501(c)(3)$3.2 millionWashington, DC
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20Third Way501(c)(4)$3.2 millionWashington, DC
21America Votes501(c)(4)$12 millionWashington, DC
22Common Cause501(c)(4)$8.6 millionWashington, DC
23YWCA Usa501(c)(3)$7.7 millionWashington, DC
24Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)501(c)(3)$8.7 millionWashington, DC
25Armenian Assembly of America501(c)(3)$2.5 millionWashington, DC