Website and Data Use Policies
Your right to privacy is important to Common Cause. We are committed to maintaining your trust.
Because Common Cause is committed to a policy of open and full transparency, information about our funding sources, including foundations and individual donors, is made available. The names of donors who give $250 or more are available for public inspection at our Washington, DC office upon request, and may also be included in our annual report. No addresses or specific information about donations will be provided. Individuals who wish to make anonymous donations may do so by contacting Bette Marchant, Chief Financial Officer.
Common Cause may, from time to time, share the names and mailing addresses of our supporters with like-minded non-profit organizations. This does not apply to our short code program, in which there will be no third-party data sharing for any purpose. If you do not wish to have your name shared in this manner, please contact our Membership Services Department at 202.833.1200. We will never rent, share or sell your email address with any third party.
What are our SMS Terms of Service?
Please read Common Cause’s SMS Terms of Service.
What information do we collect?
We collect information from you when you subscribe to our email newsletters, take action, make a donation, register for an event or fill out a form. When you do one of these activities on our website, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, or credit card information.
What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
- To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
- To process transactions
- To send activists’ messages to targeted government officials or corporate leaders
- To send periodic emails
Note: Common Cause does not send unsolicited email messages. If you wish to leave our CauseNet list, click on the link to Unsubscribe at the bottom of any message and you will be unsubscribed immediately. You may also contact us at grassroots@
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you access your personal information. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our payment gateway provider’s database, only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
Common Cause may, from time to time, share the names and mailing addresses of our members with like-minded non-profit organizations. If you do not wish to have your name shared in this manner, please contact our Membership Services Department at 202.833.1200. We will never rent, share or sell your email address with any third party.
Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
If you have a copyright complaint, please follow the procedures set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Our agent for notice is Bette Marchant. The agent may be reached by phone at 202-833-1200 or by email at dmca@
805 15th St NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
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