Common Cause is one of the most active, effective, and respected nonprofit organizations working for political change in America. Founded in 1970, we are a nonpartisan citizen's lobby, dedicated to making government responsive and accountable to the people. Since the 1970s, we have led the fight for campaign finance reforms, ethics and accountability in government, civil rights, and open government on national, state and local levels. Today, Common Cause is working to stop further consolidation of the media, to advance campaign reforms that make people and ideas more important than money, to ensure that our voting systems are accurate and accessible, and to increase participation in the political process. Common Cause strives to strengthen our democracy by empowering our more than 250,000 members and supporters and the general public to take action on critical policy issues. It is supported by dues and contributions from members nationwide.