Derek Cressman

Derek Cressman is an award-winning author, voting rights advocate, political strategist and former California secretary of state candidate. He began working professionally to reduce big money in politics in 1995 with such nonpartisan organizations as Common Cause and the Public Interest Research Group. As US PIRG’s democracy program director, he was the first professional advocate in Washington, DC, to support a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending in 1995. As director of Common Cause’s Amend 2012 campaign, Cressman was the architect behind voter instruction measures in Montana, Colorado, Massachusetts, and California, where voters demanded Congress pass an amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. Drawing inspiration from Upton Sinclair, Cressman combines writing with electoral politics in an effort to raise new ideas and drive social change.

Congress Should Still Vote on Trump’s Syrian Strike

Apr 17, 2018

Launching missiles against another country is nothing short of an act of war. The Constitution gives Congress the sole authority to declare war, not the president. When he ordered a “surgical” bombing strike against Syria in retaliation for Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people, Donald...

Congress, We Are Watching You

Apr 12, 2018

The US Congress should pass a balanced budget, not a phony balanced budget amendment. On April 12, Republicans in the House of Representatives will stage a vote on an amendment to the US Constitution that pretends to balance the federal budget, but really just raises the threshold to pass future...