Post Archive by Month: June,2020

Federal Election Commission should act to close loophole exposed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee today commended the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for opening the door to consideration of a potential new rulemaking that could limit the amount of leftover campaign funds a candidate who self-funded their campaign could legally transfer to national party committees. “If the FEC does not take action to close this loophole, it’s virtually guaranteed

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Issue One praises senators’ decision not to weaken lobbying restrictions on former Pentagon officials

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement today after the Senate rejected the Pentagon’s proposal to weaken current lobbying restrictions on former Pentagon officials. The decision followed weeks of pressure from political reform organizations, including Issue One, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), and others. “The Senate’s move to reject efforts to weaken current lobbying restrictions on

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A perfect storm of election chaos is brewing

Issue One statement on recent elections and the need for funding for states In response to reports of widespread election chaos experienced in Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, D.C., and other localities this week and last week, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Ambassador Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) released the following statement: “We simply cannot tolerate the

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Backlog of enforcement cases looms over FEC as Trey Trainor joins commission

With Texas attorney Trey Trainor officially being sworn in today as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, one of the most pressing issues facing the agency is its backlog of complaints and enforcement cases. According to FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, there are 350 cases on the FEC’s enforcement docket. That includes at least 90 complaints that were filed with the FEC

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Swamp Stories Episode 12: Shadow Lobbying

“Let me give it to you straight: Over the last decade it has become commonplace in Washington for people who lobby the government to avoid registering as lobbyists, thus preventing the public from knowing who is paying them and for what purposes.” The influence industry looms large in policymaking in Washington, DC, and the big players are lobbyists.  Because of

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Issue One statement on the killing of George Floyd

In response to the wave of protests by Americans shaken at the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground and left him unable to breathe, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “The killing of yet another unarmed Black person by the police should

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