Post Archive by Month: October,2017

How corporations are still playing politics more than a century after President Theodore Roosevelt and the Tillman Act

Today marks the day that Theodore Roosevelt would have turned 159 years old. If he were still alive, the Republican from New York who served as our 26th president would likely be dismayed at the role corporations are playing in elections today. 110 years ago, in 1907, Roosevelt signed into law an anti-corruption measure known as the Tillman Act. This

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Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Jo Bonner (R-AL) join the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to announce the addition of three former members of Congress to our ReFormers Caucus, including our first ReFormer from Alabama. Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI), Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Jo Bonner (R-AL) have joined the largest ever bipartisan coalition assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy and improve Congressional capacity. The ReFormers Caucus is now

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Self-regulation is no substitution for congressional action on paid political ads

Just days after the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Honest Ads Act and the call for tech giants to testify before Congress, Twitter recently announced a new transparency policy about its advertising program. It’s a clear case of the tech industry scrambling to do damage control as it faces more congressional scrutiny. This move toward self-regulation is no substitution for legislation

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Issue One raises concerns about Democratic Party’s new mega joint fundraising committee

Meredith McGehee, chief of policy, programs and strategy at Issue One, is challenging the creation of a new political fundraising group established this week by the Democratic Party. On Thursday, Politico reported the formation of a new mega joint fundraising committee called the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund. This joint fundraising committee will solicit contributions to benefit the Democratic National Committee,

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The Honest Ads Act would safeguard U.S. politics from foreign interference

Today, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John McCain (R-AZ) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the bipartisan “Honest Ads Act” to combat interference by foreign entities in U.S. politics. The bill would ensure that paid political advertising appearing on large online platforms would be subject to similar disclosure standards that are currently applied to paid political ads on television and radio. A

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Issue One Statement on OCE report regarding Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement in light of a newly-released Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) report regarding Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY): “The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) found that Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) violated insider trading laws and House rules by taking ‘official acts’ on behalf of the pharmaceutical company, Innate

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Issue One Remembers the Life of ReFormer John R. Miller (R-WA)

Issue One is sad to note the passing of ReFormers Caucus member Congressman John R. Miller from Seattle, Washington. Congressman Miller brought his political knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm from four terms in the House of Representatives to our ReFormers Caucus, a group of 185 former members of Congress from both parties working to fix democracy. Rep. Miller represented Washington’s 1st

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Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Julia Brownley (D-CA) sponsor bill to overhaul the Federal Election Commission (FEC)

Today, Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and California Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley joined in sponsoring bipartisan, bicameral legislation to overhaul the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Both Republicans and Democrats continue to express concern on Capitol Hill about whether the FEC — the nation’s election watchdog — is

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Momentum is gaining for the Senate’s e-filing proposal. These senators can help.

Note: This blog post is updated when Senators officially cosponsor the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (S.298). 52 senators currently sponsor the legislation.  —- Did you know that U.S. Senate candidates are still required to file their campaign finance reports on paper? That’s right: Even in the age of smartphones, social media and cloud computing, Senate candidates are still required,

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Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Rep. Ed Case (D-HI) join the ReFormer’s Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln and Hawaii Representative Ed Case to the ReFormers Caucus, the largest group of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy. Sen. Lincoln served two terms in the U.S. House representing Arkansas’s 1st congressional district from 1993-1997 followed by two terms in the U.S. Senate from 1999-2011. During

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