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Common Cause Education Fund

Common Cause Education Fund is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy.

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Causes
Voter Protection
Budget
$9,001,888
Location
Washington
,  
D.C.
Established
2000
EIN
31-1705370
Area Served
National
Values
Community, Duty, Empowerment, Equality, Liberty
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Leadership
Karen Hobert Flynn
President
Karen Hobert Flynn, a democracy reform activist and leader for more than three decades, including 25-plus years with Common Cause, is the organization’s ninth president. As Senior Vice President for Programs and Strategy, Karen led the program and development of Common Cause from 2012- 2016. As Vice President of States from 2007- 2012, Karen expanded Common Cause’s state presence and helped pass numerous ethics laws. Karen writes and speaks frequently on issues regarding our democracy.
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Roger Scott
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The impact of your support

Common Cause Education Fund has united more than 1,200,000 grassroots activists in our mission to hold power accountable. Our pro-democracy initiatives will yield significant returns—measured by increased voter turnout, fair district maps, reduction in special interest influence, and a government abiding by the highest ethical standards. These outcomes are the characteristics of a truly representative democracy where every citizen’s voice is heard, and civic barriers are removed. 

With your support, we can:

  • Protect the 2020 election by expanding access through modernization efforts, breaking down barriers to the ballot box, and developing solutions to address cybersecurity threats in our elections;
  • Ensure an accurate census by working to create better ways to draw districts that fairly represent a state's communities and changing demographics.
  • Combat gerrymandered districts by pursuing state-by-state litigation; and
  • Rapidly respond with legal complaints and litigation to combat any last-minute or veiled attempts to suppress the vote or impede access to the ballot box.


Why this work is important

Throughout America’s history, we have consistently failed to live up to the promises of our Constitution. More than 200 years of discrimination, disenfranchisement and voter suppression have erected systemic barriers to participation for people of color, youth, immigrants and other historically marginalized communities. From voter purges, to voter ID laws, to targeted closure of polling places, some states and local governments are doing everything they can to make it harder for some people to vote. However, amid these challenges to our democracy, Americans in states and cities across our nation have responded with a robust push to expand democratic rights and access for all. Breakthrough reforms—including many crafted by our attorneys—would expand voting rights, improve representation, reduce the outsized influence of special interests in our elections, hold powerful leaders accountable to the people, and better ensure that our government is of, by and for the people.


Our track record

CCEF was founded in 2000 as a crucial line of defense for voters against suppression tactics, confusing laws and outdated infrastructure. In 2018, our staff led or engaged in field efforts in 22 states to ensure election administrators addressed issues promptly. We trained and deployed more than 6,500 volunteers to assist voters via phone, text, social media and in person at the polls to help them overcome obstacles to voting. We also prevailed in litigation around voter purges and the processing of provisional ballots in Georgia, as well as during the recount process in Florida.


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