Common Cause and their Opposition to Free Speech

Common Cause gets a reputation as a “good government” group. However, it seems that their support of good government only extends to certain approved groups.

The mission statement of Common Cause, as stated on their website, is: “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; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.” Sounds good, right?

Apparently, that right may only extend to certain sides of the political spectrum. I was hipped to an article that was posted by Common Cause and it’s apparent that if you’re a conservative group, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, then Common Cause will come not to protect you, but to persecute you:

Common Cause is releasing hundreds of documents showing how after funneling millions of dollars to ALEC, oil giant Exxon received private access to legislators to push its anti-environmental agenda.

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Our elected officials should be beholden to the people, not wealthy special interests. But the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) undermines that principle every day. ALEC sells corporations private access to lawmakers so they can push their extreme agenda — while claiming to be a charity so its corporate donors can write off their donations on their taxes. (Learn more about ALEC)

In 2012, Common Cause filed a whistleblower complaint with the IRS to expose ALEC’s abuse of its charity status. Then, last year, ALEC threatened legal action against Common Cause — accusing us of lying when we said ALEC was denying climate science.

So Common Cause, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is attacking the American Legislative Exchange Council, another 501(c)3 non-profit organization, for having what Common Cause deems an “extreme agenda.” Not exactly something that falls in their mission statement and certainly a way that Common Cause is not working to “promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process,” at least for those members of ALEC. As a matter of fact, Common Cause is openly hostile to ALEC, its members, and its supporters making their voices heard in the political process.

So what does this have to do with Maryland? This:

Common Cause is one of the organizations that is actively involved and promoting attempts to subsidize Democratic campaigns in Howard County. So this group that actively wants to discriminate against conservative viewpoints is promoting a campaign finance system designed to pick winners and losers among political candidates, allow government to pick winners and losers and among candidates, and actively force taxpayers to subsidize political speech that they disagree with.

Could Common Cause’s hypocrisy be any more blatant?

Despite their claims of being non-partisan, Common Cause puts their finger on the scale in support of left-wing Democratic causes, and actively works to suppress the free speech rights of conservative organizations and individuals. That Common Cause has decided to join up with other radical left-wing groups to support a Charter Amendment designed to get government involved in political campaigns in a way that can picking winning ideologies and losing ideologies should make anybody who supports this amendment stop and reconsider their position. Common Cause opposes free speech for candidates and organizations that disagree with their philosophies. Do you feel comfortable with them deciding that they won’t support your free speech?

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