Common Cause

  • News

    July 25, 2012

    MNGOP circumvention scheme

    Financial chicanery goes beyond recount

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    MNGOP scandal: "Smoking gun" email suggests alleged recount scheme was just the beginning

    SEE ALSO: MNGOP: Alleged recount debt conspiracy could mean jail time for Sutton, dissolution of partyAn email obtained by the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board suggests the MNGOP's alleged illegal financial shenanigans might not have been limited to the effort to pay legal bills stemming from the th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    MNGOP leaders approve use of thousands of taxpayer dollars to defend voter ID amendment

    Lawmakers have Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson at their disposal to defend lawsuits against approved legislation, but in the case of the voter ID amendment, MNGOP leaders don't trust the left-leaning duo to do a satisfactory job.As a result, the Legislative Coordina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Wisconsin veteran ID controversy highlights concerns about MN's voter ID amendment

    Gil Paar, an elderly veteran living in Racine, Wisconsin, wanted to use his veteran ID card as proof of identification when he tried to cast his ballot in a local school board election this winter. But an election judge shot him down, pointing out that Wisconsin's voter ID law requires voters to hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Cal Ludeman refusing to disclose publicly funded Brodkorb-related legal fees

    Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman has retained an outside attorney to help handle a forthcoming lawsuit from former employee Michael Brodkorb, but won't disclose how much the attorney is being paid for her services.In many cases, because of the attorney-client privilege, Ludeman's nondisclosure wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Gov. Dayton using veto pen to hold line against ALEC-drafted legislation

    So far this legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed 12 bills. Seven of them were originally drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).According to MinnPost, five of the vetoed ALEC bills would have reduced corporate exposure to lawsuits and potential damages in Minnesota. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Why has the DFL's debt received less coverage than the MNGOP's?

    ​The MNGOP is $2 million in debt. But did you know the MNDFL is also in the red?DFL Chair Ken Martin disclosed that his party is $581,000 in debt earlier this month -- about $350,000 more than the debt he discussed with reporters late last year.So why hasn't the DFL's debt gotten more coverage? Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Investment firms urge Target and 3M to refrain from "controversial" political donations

    mmtzjr69outTwo investment firms are urigng Target and 3M not to repeat the mistakes of 2010.​The donations Target and 3M made in 2010 to a Republican-run anti-gay group continue to land them in hot water a year and a half later. Yesterday, two large progressive investment firms -- Trillium Asset M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    MNGOP accused of violating campaign finance law

    ​We knew that the Minnesota Republican Party's financial situation is ugly -- but in self-flagellating with the ugly stick, did the MNGOP also violate the law?Yes it did, argues Mike Dean, Common Cause Minnesota's executive director.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Minnesota gay marriage donors can't hide identities, judge rules

    Gay marriage foes with fat wallets want to stay in the closet.​Minnesota corporations can't make secret donations in favor of or against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled Thursday. Target, you've been warned. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    National Organization for Marriage, Minnesota Family Council accused of lobbying breach

    Confused about who and what they wanted you to vote for?​Two anti-gay marriage groups, one of them national and one based here in Minnesota, are being accused of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying expenditures during 2010. Common Cause Minnesota filed complaints against the N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Obama's inaugural ice cream? Yes Pe"CAN!"

    Sarah Palin's new favorite ice cream now available at a Ben ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2006

    5/2: Morning Communique

    Sheep that know which drugs they need, wounded soldiers saddled with government debt, GOP dad refuses to help Dem son pay for college, the saddest thing people own, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • News

    March 15, 2006

    Running Scared

    Will fallout from congressional ethics scandals finally prompt change at the Capitol?

  • News

    December 21, 2005

    Love Me Two Times

    You pay Tony Sutton to serve the state of Minnesota. The Republican Party pays Tony Sutton to serve them.

  • News

    July 13, 2005

    Dough Boys

    Lawmakers wanted to reform campaign finance laws this year. So what happened?

  • News

    July 23, 2003

    What Hearings? What Scandal?

    The Republicans see no evil-- and most of the Democrats don't seem to, either

  • Books

    October 31, 2001

    Jesse's Jihad

    What's behind the governor's latest spouting and pouting about the media?

  • Books

    November 17, 1999

    As the Door Revolves

    Julie Idelkope says she can tell the difference between city hall and her Northwest Airlines office. Critics are not so sure.

  • Books

    December 9, 1998

    How to Take a Check

    It's clean. It's legal. Best of all, your constituents don't have to know.

  • Feature

    October 8, 1997

    Planet Janet

    If there were any doubts that Reno is in a self-evident conflict of interest, the revelation that the White House was able to conceal the videotapes from her less-than-zealous Justice Department underlings should remove those doubts.

  • Feature

    July 16, 1997

    Show Us the Money

    The real outrage is that big money interests can purchase politicians and policy in ways that are perfectly legal.

  • Feature

    October 16, 1996

    Foreign Affairs

    Bill Clinton's Indonesian connection brought him campaign cash in exchange for influence--and continued inaction on the country's notorious human rights abuses.

  • News

    March 13, 1996