Post Archive by Month: June,2021

Issue One urges FEC to adjust rules to help candidates of modest means run for office

In a new letter to Federal Election Commission Chair Shana Broussard, Issue One expressed support for amending agency regulations to help candidates of modest means run for federal office.  Issue One specifically endorsed allowing candidates that had little or no income in the previous year to become eligible to collect a “reasonable salary” out of their campaign accounts. Issue One

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Swamp Stories Episode 29: The Power of Megadonors

Since Citizens United, just 12 megadonors, six Democrats and six Republicans, contributed a combined $3.4 billion to federal candidates and political groups — accounting for about $1 of every $13 in federal elections. There’s no denying it: big money plays a massive role in American politics. In episode 29, Weston is joined by an expert in the campaign finance

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Issue One joins other organizations and experts in calling for a study on current benefits available to House staff

This week, Issue One joined 17 organizations and congressional experts urging the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to conduct a study on the current benefits available to House staff. The letter supports the recommendations outlined by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, and Committee on House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren,

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Issue One applauds the creation of a select committee to investigate January 6th and continues to call for an independent and bipartisan commission

In response to the creation of a House select committee to investigate the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman and Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “The January 6th attack on our U.S. Capitol remains a dark and deadly stain on our nation’s history, one that must be fully understood

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FY22 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill strengthens and modernizes Congress

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations released its draft fiscal year (FY) 2022 Legislative Branch funding bill. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “The COVID-19 pandemic, a national reckoning over racial injustice, and the January 6 siege of the Capitol have strained our democracy, underscoring the need for a strong, well-prepared Congress. Americans expect and

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“We applaud the Senate’s bipartisan work, but it is not enough,” Issue One says following today’s bipartisan January 6th report

In response to today’s bipartisan report from the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees on the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman and Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Today’s bipartisan Senate report offers the public new, troubling details about the intelligence and security failures that contributed to one of the darkest

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Swamp Stories Episode 28: Conversations: Former Rep. Donna Edwards

In the latest episode of our Swamp Stories podcast, Weston chats with former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) about what it was like being a member of Congress, how she would fix our broken political system, and the RV trip that she took across America alone after the 2016 election to better understand the rise of Donald Trump.  Episode 28 of

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IO in the news: May 2021 recap

May was a remarkably busy month for Issue One. Last month, we quickly ramped up our efforts calling for an independent and bipartisan January 6th Commission. All told, we secured 63 press hits — an Issue One May record  — including 12 television segments across networks including MSNBC and CNN, and three op-eds in The Hill, Omaha World-Herald, and the

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