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Statement from Lisa Graves, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy
It is with enormous sadness that we learned about the passing earlier today of Common Cause President Bob Edgar. The Center for Media and Democracy has been honored to work with Bob over the past few years, and in particular we have appreciated his energy in our joint efforts to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Bob has been a tremendous ally in exposing not just ALEC but in fighting to overturn the Supreme Court's terrible decision in the Citizens United case and in the collective efforts to shine a light on the Koch brothers and on politicians and judges beholden to wealthy special interests. Bob sincerely believed that America’s democratic ideals are at risk from unchecked corporate power, and he was determined to do something about it. He put his boundless energy and heartfelt convictions to work as President of Common Cause in defense of democracy. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with Bob, his family and all of his very many friends.