Post Archive by Month: April,2020

Issue One statement on Senate Intelligence Committee report and the need to stop foreign interference in U.S. elections

In response to a report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee which unanimously found after a three-year review that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “The Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has confirmed what the intelligence community and democracy advocates have been saying all along: foreign adversaries seek to destabilize and

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Swamp Stories Episode 10: The Show Must Go On

“Well, I think not only do we have a coronavirus crisis, we have a democracy crisis, because what’s going to happen, in my worst nightmare, my fear is that no one votes because they’re much more fearful of contracting a disease than they are of not voting.” That was Denise Merrill, Connecticut’s Secretary of the State, on her fear that

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Four things we learned from the newest House and Senate campaign finance filings

While the spread of coronavirus has upended the lives of Americans across the country and changed the nature of campaigns, congressional candidates are still facing pressure to fill their campaign coffers. Last week, all candidates filed new campaign finance reports, detailing their fundraising and expenditures between January 1 and March 31, 2020. Here are some key numbers to know, based

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Issue One urges lawmakers to strengthen, not weaken, lobbying restrictions on former Pentagon officials

Issue One on Wednesday sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees opposing a new Pentagon proposal to weaken post-employment lobbying restrictions on former senior Pentagon officials in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. “Allowing former senior Pentagon officials to take information they received and the relationships they developed as public

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Issue One applauds federal court ruling that upholds voter-approved independent redistricting commission in Michigan

Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman applauded today’s federal appeals court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the independent redistricting commission overwhelmingly approved by 61% of Michigan voters in 2018,  “This federal court decision is a victory for the people of Michigan who worked tirelessly to ensure that politicians cannot pick their voters,” said Issue One Founder and CEO

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Swamp Stories Episode 9: Profiting from Public Service

“There’s no question members of Congress have access to information that the public does not have, therefore if you want transparency, if you want open hands and a clean heart, members of Congress, while they’re serving, should not be able to actively trade stock.” This week’s episode of Issue One’s “Swamp Stories” podcast dives into the issue of insider

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In new Senate testimony, Issue One urges senators to boost congressional capacity

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee submitted written testimony on Thursday in support of boosting congressional capacity to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s legislative branch subcommittee.  McGehee recommended measures to improve staff retention and diversity — highlighting how competent, experienced staff are key to a strong Congress that can fulfill its constitutional duties to the American people and stand up to

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Issue One joins crosspartisan coalition supporting transparency and oversight of coronavirus relief spending

This week, Issue One signed on to a crosspartisan letter to congressional leaders urging transparency and oversight of the forthcoming federal economic relief efforts amid the coronavirus crisis.  “Large-scale legislation that carries an unprecedented price tag necessitates an unprecedented level of independent oversight, not less,” officials from 32 groups across the ideological spectrum wrote in an April 6 letter addressed

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Not an April Fools’ joke: Nation’s campaign finance watchdog is MIA as FEC endures longest period without a quorum in its history

Even before the coronavirus crisis upended the lives of millions of Americans and the operations of countless government agencies, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was already struggling. Today, in fact, marks the start of the eighth month since the nation’s campaign finance watchdog lost its ability to do its job due to the resignation of one commissioner in August. This

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The Phase III stimulus bill allocated $400 million to states to bolster their election infrastructures. Although this was an important down payment, states need more funding. We’re continuing to pressure Congress and advocate for more funding in the Phase IV stimulus package so that our elections are safe, secure, and fair this year.