Additional Information on Common Cause

Additional Information on Common Cause


* Common Cause (CC) has received large amounts of funding from the Arca Foundationthe Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Century Foundation, the Compton Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the GE Foundation, the Joyce FoundationGeorge Soros‘s Open Society Institute, and the Tides Foundation.

* CC’s Ethics program works to “hold elected officials and public servants to the highest ethical standards” and ensure that they “follow the rules.” “We’ve challenged governors, members of Congress, even Presidents who’ve crossed ethical boundaries,” says CC.

Robert Edgar, former secretary general of the National Council of Churches, served as CC’s president and CEO from 2007 until his death in 2013. Other noteworthy past presidents of CC include Democracy 21 founder Fred Wertheimer (1981-95) and Democrat congresswoman Chellie Pingree (2003-07).

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