The Democracy Scorecard

IN 1970, JOHN W. GARDNER, a Republican whose sense of duty to country over party led him to serve in the cabinet in the administration of a Democratic president, had a simple but powerful idea: citizens engaged in the democratic process can make a difference. “We want public officials to have literally millions of American citizens looking over their shoulders at every move they make,” Gardner wrote. “We want phones to ring in Washington and state capitols and town halls. We want people watching and influencing every move that government makes.”

Gardner’s letter launched Common Cause; his idea continues to animate our work, including this 2018 Democracy Scorecard. This Scorecard is geared to help amplify the voices of everyday Americans who have been silenced by big money in politics, voter suppression tactics, and other schemes to block people from participating in our democracy. Common Cause’s 2018 Democracy Scorecard reflects a commitment to ensuring that all Americans’ voices can be heard in our government and that everyone plays by the same set of common sense rules. The Scorecard provides data on every current member of Congress based on their sponsorship or cosponsorship of key democracy reform bills that Common Cause and our 1.2 million members support.

Frederica Wilson 
Tom Cole 
Rodney Frelinghuysen 
Vern Buchanan 
Chris Smith 
Gregory Meeks 
Gene Green 
Chellie Pingree 
Brian Higgins 
Kathleen Rice 
Raul Ruiz 
Drew Ferguson 
Elijah Cummings 
Pramila Jayapal 
Neal Dunn 
Markwayne Mullin 
Eric Swalwell 
Harold Rogers 
Steve Knight 
Rick Nolan 
Nancy Pelosi 
K. Michael Conaway 
Scott Peters 
Ann Wagner 
Ruben Gallego 
Jerry McNerney 
Bradley Byrne 
Bobby Scott 
Debbie Lesko 
Lois Frankel 
David Cicilline 
Rob Bishop 
Stacey Plaskett 
Elizabeth Esty 
Joseph Crowley 
Mike Bost 
Brian Mast 
Bill Posey 
Dina Titus 
Sam Johnson