Common Cause President Addresses Falls Church League of Women Voters
By SARA FITZGERALD
June 4, 2012
Bob Edgar, president and CEO of Common Cause, called on members of the League of Women Voters to join forces with his organization to continue to promote ethics in government and citizens’ participation in democracy.
Edgar made his remarks at the 61st annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Falls Church, held June 2 at La Cote d’Or restaurant.
Edgar described the League and Common Cause as “the premier consciences of a civic society,”and praised League members, saying, “you’ve refused to be silent,” as recent developments have challenged citizens ability to participate.
Edgar cited the growth of corporate financing of elections in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case, the emergence of so-called Super PACs with little disclosure required of their supporters, and the role of corporations in financing the legislative agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council, including so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws.
Edgar described how his organization made a decision a few years ago “to stop being genetically nice,” and to be more vigorous in pursuing its agenda through legal action. Those actions have included a lawsuit challenging that the Senate’s current filibuster rules as unconstitutional because they, in effect, require a “super majority” to pass any piece of legislation, no matter how inconsequential.
Ellen Salsbury, president of the Falls Church League, was recognized as she stepped down after three years of service in that position. Under her leadership, the Falls Church League has been recognized within the wider League of
Women Voters for the candidate forum model it has developed for Falls Church City Council elections. This year the Falls Church League also conducted a study on the impact of art and culture in Falls Church and contributed to studies by the national league on privatization of government services and the federal role in public education.
For more information on the Falls Church League, go to http://www.lwvfallschurch.org/.
June 4, 2012