Common Cause: A "People's" Lobby with a Progressive Tradition
Smith, Merrill Hewson
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Both the Progressives and Common Causers have tried to organize and structure their reforms to provide a backbone for the grievances of the middle-class to us as a countervailing force against the coercive power of moneyed interests such as corporations. They have shared a goal of making the government more accountable and so, more responsive. By comparing the similarities of these two reform groups as well as defining their distinctions one can examine the development of the public interest reform sentiment of the twentieth century and gain insight into what may be in store for this type of reform in the future.