Common Cause


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Common Cause,

U.S. organization that seeks a "reordering of national priorities and revitalization of the public process to make our political and governmental institutions more responsive to the needs of the nation and its citizens." Established in 1970 by John W. GardnerGardner, John William,
1912–2002, American public official, U.S. secretary of health, education, and welfare (1965–68), b. Los Angeles. After teaching psychology at Connecticut and Mt. Holyoke colleges and serving as an intelligence officer with the U.S.
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, it succeeded the Urban Coalition Action Council, founded in 1968. Common Cause supports a large number of political reforms, including campaign finance reform, government ethics and accountability, and nuclear control agreements. It has sponsored voter registration drives nation-wide and has worked for a liberalization of voting registration. Common Cause has used ads, computerized Federal Election Commission records, lobbying, media outreach and especially litigation to promote reform. Its legal actions helped force disclosure of individuals and corporations that had anonymously contributed money to the 1972 presidential campaign. In 1991 its ad campaign, aimed at toughening a campaign finance bill containing no aggregate limit on PAC money for Congressmen, criticized Democratic Congressmen for collecting special interest money for campaigns. Located in Washington, D.C., the group has about 200,000 members.

common cause

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(analytical chemistry)
A cause of variability in a measurement process that is inherent in and common to the process itself.
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The bigger sort of sixth-form boys just described soon made common cause with the fifth, while the smaller sort, hampered by their colleagues' desertion to the enemy, could not make head against them.
Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
Cocaine and alcohol are both increasingly common causes of palpitations.
Common Cause further contended that the government's latest move to proceed with the appointment of the chairperson and members of the Lokpal, even while the apex court was examining the validity of rules framed under the Lokpal Act, was not only highly improper but also ille- gal and arbitrary, the petition said.
I was honored to help support his work at Common Cause and to know that American Jewish World Service could always count on him as an ally in our efforts to achieve justice for some of the most oppressed people in the world.
Public health minister Michael Matheson said: "Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhoea in young children and I welcome the use of any vaccine that can protect them.
He said that depression was most common cause of dementia in our country, adding figure of other issues causing diseases was also increasing.
We are pleased to be able to honor so many towns this year," said Common Cause executive director Pam Wilmot.
They found that across the rest of the country, suicide and traffic accidents were the most common causes of death for young people.
2% were injured snow skiing, the second-most common cause of injury
While vaccines are available to prevent certain strains, there is no vaccine to prevent meningococcal group B, the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK.
There are several common causes of ankle pain that does not go away: