Post Archive by Month: April,2019

Eight things you should know about the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress has the best opportunity in decades to bring the House into the 21st Century, if its members are up to the challenge. 1. What is the modernizing committee? At the beginning of the 116th Congress, the House established the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (modernizing committee for short), the

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is not invincible.

This piece originally appeared in The Hill. Washington mythology would like us to believe that when it comes to political reform in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is and always will be unbeatable. According to the legend, when he declares something is dead, that is the end of it. Some senators have admitted they will not even consider legislation to secure our elections

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Will Democrats embrace dark money to win 2020?

In response to Politico reporting of the new Democratic secret-money group Future Majority, Issue One CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement:  “The Democratic party has a choice this election cycle: Will they try and win control of the White House and Congress by embracing dark money? Or will they walk their own talk and operate with the same transparency for which

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FEC poised to approve proposal offering cybersecurity services to campaigns

At a public meeting of the Federal Election Commission today in Washington, D.C., the commissioners discussed two issues related to foreign interference in U.S. elections. Since September 2018, a bipartisan group called Defending Digital Campaigns has been seeking the FEC’s permission to offer cybersecurity services to federal candidates and party committees, from across the ideological spectrum, at free or reduced

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Busted & Broke: Why the Federal Election Commission doesn’t work

Issue One’s latest report, “Busted & Broke: Why the Federal Election Commission doesn’t work,” reveals why the FEC is dysfunctional and how the agency lacks the budget, staff, and teeth it needs to enforce the country’s campaign finance laws as the 2020 elections unfold. While it is common knowledge that the FEC gridlocks frequently, it is less known that the

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The special counsel’s report confirms sweeping and systemic foreign interference in our elections.

Here’s what we knew long before Robert Mueller’s redacted report was released: Foreign governments and anti-American forces want to disrupt U.S. elections. They want to destabilize the sacred processes at the core of our democracy and others around the world. They want to divide the electorate. They want to discredit our form of government so that the stock value of

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5 things we learned from the first round of 2020 campaign finance reports

Amisa Ratliff contributed to this report. On Monday, congressional and presidential candidates alike filed their first major campaign finance reports of 2019, detailing their financial activities between January 1 and March 31. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $936,000 The median amount of money raised during the first quarter

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Broad cross-partisan coalition urges presidential candidates to disclose their big-money campaign fundraisers

Issue One was joined today by 15 other organizations from across the ideological spectrum in urging all Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to publicly disclose information about their top campaign fundraisers on a regular basis during the 2020 presidential election. Presidential candidates have long utilized individuals known as “bundlers” to help them raise the funds necessary to wage competitive campaigns,

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Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) Join the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes two former members of Congress to the ReFormers Caucus: Illinois Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren and North Carolina Democrat Rep. Brad Miller. The ReFormers Caucus of 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials is the largest bipartisan coalition assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy. As a new ReFormer, Rep. Randy Hultgren will draw

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Issue One Remembers the Life of ReFormer James “Jim” P. Moody

Issue One offers its most sincere condolences to the friends and family of former Congressman James “Jim” P. Moody (D-WI). Rep. Jim Moody was a member of our ReFormers Caucus, a bipartisan coalition composed of 200 former Cabinet officials, governors, and members of Congress advocating for solutions to fix our broken political system. He passed away Friday, March 22 at

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