Post Archive by Month: March,2020

Swamp Stories Episode 8: The Russians Are Coming

“Now, 21st century soldiers of a different sort sit in dark rooms in far corners of the world, seeking to disrupt our elections, trying to sow division through digital warfare and disinformation campaigns. All with one goal: to weaken democracy and true self-government here and around the world.” This week’s episode of Issue One’s “Swamp Stories” podcast covers how,

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Issue One applauds downpayment on voting assistance in stimulus bill, calls on Congress to provide more resources in future measures

Following the announcement that the Phase III stimulus bill includes $400 million in election assistance to help states prepare for the 2020 election cycle, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Congress has just made a solid downpayment on making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and fair.  “While it falls short of the amount Senator Amy Klobuchar

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Issue One and the Fix the System project release ad urging action on a safe and secure election

Today, we are proud to announce Issue One’s leadership in the Fix the System project, a new coalition of political reform organizations, business leaders, and advocates seeking to bolster our democracy, strengthen Congress, and fix the broken political system.  Members of this broad coalition also include Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, FixUS, Leadership Now, the Lugar

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Issue One to Senate: Guarantee that every eligible American can vote in the 2020 elections

Congress should include funding for states in the Phase III Stimulus bill to give every voter the choice of voting early and voting by mail Group launches social media ad campaign in targeted states across the country Watch our ad here As the Senate reconvenes this morning to negotiate the “Phase III” supplemental COVID-19 stimulus bill, Issue One is helping

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9 numbers to know from the newest 2020 campaign finance reports

On Friday night, presidential candidates were required to file new campaign finance reports that detailed the money they raised and spent in February — a time before the spread of coronavirus upended the lives of Americans across the country. Here are some of the most crucial numbers to know from the latest reports. $2.1 billion: Total amount of money spent

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The COVID-19 crisis illustrates the need for a stable democracy and secure, free, and fair elections 

Issue One to Senate: include resources for states for early voting and vote by mail In the wake of unprecedented worldwide disruption caused by the coronavirus, and the impact it has on U.S. elections and public confidence in our government, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement:  “Coronavirus has ground many aspects of Americans’ lives to

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Issue One statement: Corrupt insider trading in Congress undermines public trust

In response to the news that multiple U.S. senators sold stock after receiving classified briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “This is outrageous, and it’s a violation of the public’s trust. The reason elected officials get classified information is to make better decisions for the health and welfare of the public,

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Swamp Stories Episode 7: Beating the Machine

“These candidates flipped the script that money matters most in campaigns. And in the end, a message was sent to big donors: that the one half of 1 percent who are used to picking winners and losers in our politics, well, that game is changing.” The latest episode of Issue One’s podcast, “Swamp Stories,” covers how recent candidates for office

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5 times Trey Trainor’s FEC confirmation hearing raised questions about his qualifications

At his confirmation hearing last week in the Senate Rules Committee, Texas attorney Trey Trainor’s remarks raised serious questions about whether he should be confirmed to serve on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), a post for which he has been nominated by President Donald Trump. “The answers that Trey Trainor gave at his confirmation hearing did not allay concerns about

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Issue One remembers the life of Rep. Richard Hanna

It is with great sadness that Issue One learned the news of the passing of former member of Congress Richard Hanna (R-NY). Rep. Hanna was a dedicated and enthusiastic member of Issue One’s Board of Directors and the bipartisan ReFormers Caucus — Issue One’s group of over 200 former members of Congress, Cabinet officials, and governors from both parties committed to

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Congress needs to act immediately to provide states with the emergency federal funding they need to run safe, secure and credible elections in November. The previous federal funding was an important down payment, but reports from state and local election officials indicate substantially more federal emergency assistance is needed as soon as possible. Issue One and many others are working to convince Senators to vote in July for more funding so that our November elections are safe, secure, and fair.