Post Archive by Month: July,2020

Committee on modernization unanimously approves bipartisan recommendations to fix Congress

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously approved 12 key recommendations to improve continuity of government and congressional operations. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the modernization committee continues to churn out much-needed recommendations to improve the operations of Congress. This set of  bipartisan reforms

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Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus urges Senate to include money for safe and secure elections in next coronavirus relief bill

Approximately 200 members of Issue One’s bipartisan ReFormers Caucus — the largest bipartisan group of former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials ever assembled to advocate for political reform — today urged senators to include additional funding for states to administer safe and secure elections in the next coronavirus pandemic relief legislation. “If we fail to ensure a safe

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President Trump’s call to delay the election is irresponsible and ignores the Constitution

In response to President Donald Trump’s tweet today suggesting the November election should be delayed, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) released the following statement:  “The president’s claim, months out from the November election, that it is rigged and somehow ‘corrupt’ is reckless and preposterous, and the suggestion to delay it is

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New report highlights shell company loophole that could be abused by foreigners who want to interfere in U.S. elections

Shell companies that give money to super PACs could be conduits for foreign money in the 2020 election, warns a new report published today by Issue One. Under current law, super PACs are permitted to collect contributions of unlimited amounts, but must disclose their donors. In some cases, their campaign finance disclosures list opaque shell companies as contributors. As a

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Swamp Stories Episode 14: Conversations: Nick Penniman

Swamp Stories is excited to introduce a new periodic series of episodes where host Weston Wamp has longform conversations with leaders in the political reform movement. For the first episode of this “Conversations” series, Weston is joined by Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman to discuss how he became involved in the political reform space, the current moment that

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10 key numbers from the latest presidential campaign finance filings

With Election Day roughly 15 weeks away, money continues to pour into the 2020 presidential race, despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.  Here are some of the key numbers to know from an Issue One analysis of these filings, which detail the money presidential candidates raised and spent

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Remembering the lives of civil rights champions Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian

In the wake of the deaths of civil rights leaders Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement: “Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian were civil rights champions and towering leaders for social and economic justice whose lives inspired Americans for generations to fight for freedom and

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Four key numbers to know 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 — especially with Election Day roughly 15 weeks away.  This week, all candidates filed new campaign finance reports, detailing their fundraising and expenditures between April 1 and June 30,

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20 groups from across political spectrum urge Donald Trump and Joe Biden to reveal information about their campaign fundraisers

In an effort spearheaded by Issue One, 20 organizations from across the political spectrum today urged the campaigns of President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to publicly report information about their top campaign fundraisers — often referred to as “bundlers” — on a regular basis ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “Government accountability depends on transparency

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Statement on the House Appropriations Committee including Issue One recommendations on congressional capacity in its FY21 funding bill

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations passed the FY21 Legislative Branch funding bill, which included a number of recommendations made by the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and supported by Issue One in its testimony before the subcommittee. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “As partisan standoffs continue to

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