Post Archive by Month: March,2017

Issue One Recruits Six Strong Conservatives to Push Congress on Ethics and Political Reform

While Congress remains deeply divided by partisan party politics, Issue One continues to bring together both parties around common-sense solutions to fix our broken political system. A new wave of six Republican lawmakers just joined our ReFormers Caucus. They include: Florida Rep. David Jolly introduced the Stop Act in the 114th Congress to curb lawmakers’ fundraising activities, and spoke candidly

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Statement of Meredith McGehee on Rep. Nunes (R-CA): This is why the Office of Congressional Ethics was created

Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement in response to questions about whether House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) violated House ethics rules when he allegedly revealed classified information to the public and to President Donald Trump. “Published reports have raised legitimate questions as to whether Chairman Nunes’ recent actions comport

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Issue One’s Letter to the House Ethics Committee on its first public meeting

Issue One sent a letter to House Ethics Committee Chairwoman Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Ranking Member Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) calling on the committee to review current ethics rules and announce the schedule for open hearings related to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).  The Ethics Committee’s first public meeting of the 115th Congress on Wednesday, March 22, lasted

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15 years since bipartisan law passed tackling money in politics. Here’s what has changed since then

Fifteen years ago today, Republican President George W. Bush signed into law the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which tackled some of the most egregious campaign finance problems of the day. Most notably, the law prohibited political parties from raising unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and unions, so-called “soft money” contributions. The measure, also known as McCain-Feingold after its

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Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Florida Republican Representative David Jolly to the ReFormers Caucus, our bipartisan group of more than 175 former lawmakers assembled to restore our government to the American people. Rep. Jolly represented Florida’s 13th District from 2014 to 2017, and served on the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Jolly explained the disillusionment he went through as a freshman in

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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s silence speaks volumes

Following four days of confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, senators and the public walked away with less clarity on his views on political spending, the Citizens United decision and the role of disclosure of money in politics. Judge Gorsuch artfully and continuously dodged questions from both Republicans and Democrats on a range of issues, including basic

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Issue One Remembers the Life of ReFormer Tony Beilenson

Issue One is sad to note the passing of a member of our ReFormers Caucus, Tony Beilenson of Southern California. Congressman Beilenson brought a wealth of practical political experience, civility and enthusiasm to our ReFormers Caucus, a group of 170 former members of Congress from both parties working with Issue One to fix our broken system and restore trust in

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Veteran political reporter Michael Beckel joins Issue One

Veteran political reporter Michael Beckel today joined Issue One as manager of investigations, research and policy analysis. In this role, he will lead and manage research projects related to Congress and running for office, as well as unearth the untold stories on and off Capitol Hill that deal with government ethics and political reform. “With his long investigative record, Michael

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Rep. Earl Hutto (D-FL) Joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Florida Representative Earl Hutto to the ReFormers Caucus, Issue One’s bipartisan coalition working on passing game-changing legislation to return our government to the people. The ReFormers Caucus is the largest group of former lawmakers ever assembled on behalf of ethics and money in politics. Rep. Hutto represented Florida’s First District from 1979 to 1995, known as

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Read “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch Is Broken and What We Can Do About It”

Issue One’s new joint report with the R Street Institute examines the legislative branch’s dysfunction through conversations with members who have voluntarily departed in the 2018 cycle. Read the full report and proposed solutions in “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch is Broken and What We Can Do About Ithere.