Post Archive by Month: June,2020

Issue One and Campaign Legal Center Send Letter to FEC Chair: Get to Work on Dark Money

Campaign Legal Center and Issue One today sent a letter to recently confirmed FEC Chair Trey Trainor urging him to take action on the flood of secret or “dark” money flooding U.S. elections, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. The letter is a response to a recent interview with Trainor where he dismissed the threat posed by “dark money”

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Issue One warns Congress of inaction on election funding, calls for passage of new legislation before August recess 

As the general election approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Issue One is making the case to Congress that states need resources now to avoid disaster in November.  “Issue One strongly urges you to support legislation to provide additional emergency funding to states and localities to ensure safe, secure, and credible elections in 2020 and to ensure that legislation is

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Swamp Stories Episode 13: Hidden Trillions

“So if a normal year of government spending justifies a multi-billion dollar lobbying industry, you can just imagine what happened when the CARES Act came into focus. It was a lobbyist’s dream buffet.” In March, lawmakers passed the CARES Act to assist with the crippling effects of COVID-19 on America’s economy. While this massive government stimulus package was an important

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We cannot leave our elections to chance

In response to yesterday’s primary elections in Kentucky, New York, and around the nation, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “These elections appear to have gone smoothly enough, despite widespread concern they would be marked by the dysfunction we’ve seen in Georgia, Wisconsin, and other elections.  It’s a relief we didn’t see major problems yesterday,

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8 key numbers from the latest 2020 campaign finance filings

Money continues to pour into the 2020 presidential race amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission this weekend.  Here are some of the most vital numbers to know from an Issue One analysis of these filings, which detail the money presidential candidates raised and spent in May. Election Day is currently

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Experts warn North Korea will likely attack the U.S. presidential election

Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chair and former Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) was interviewed by Fox News’ Eric Shawn this past weekend on “America’s News HQ” about the recent threat made by North Korea on the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The segment also highlighted our “Don’t Mess With US” project, which launched in 2019 in an effort to stop foreign

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States need more federal funding for elections, report finds

As the HEROES Act continues to be discussed in the Senate, we want to direct greater attention to “Ensuring Safe Elections Federal Funding Needs for State and Local Governments During the Pandemic.” This excellent, thorough, bipartisan report by the Brennan Center for Justice, R Street Institute, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, and University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy,

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Celebrating Juneteenth: Issue One on Political Reform and Racial Justice

Statement by the staff of Issue One Today, June 19, marks Juneteenth, the annual celebration of Black emancipation and freedom in the United States. In remembrance of this occasion, Issue One’s staff released the following statement:  “Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in Texas — a momentous milestone in the struggle for Black liberation in the United States. As

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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.