Who We Are

Issue One is the leading cross-partisan political reform group in Washington. We unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system.

Fixing America’s Political System So Our Democracy Works for Us

We live in turbulent times, and Americans are yearning for change. Issue One is uniquely positioned to seize this historic opportunity and win bold, national political reforms — to strengthen ethics laws, reduce the influence of big money on politics, modernize elections and end the pay-to-play culture in Washington. We believe American Democracy is the best way to solve problems, and that fixing the system is the first step towards tackling the most critical issues facing our nation.

Building a Bipartisan Movement

Since 2014, Issue One has been leading a bipartisan movement for systemic change.

  • Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus of more than 200 Republican and Democratic former members of Congress, Cabinet officials, and governors is the largest bipartisan coalition of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy.
  • The Reformers Caucus served as the inspiration for the Congressional Reformers Caucus — the only group in Congress — half Republican, half Democratic — working on reform.
  • Our Rebuild Congress Initiative has engaged more than 60 Republican and Democratic members of Congress dedicated to fixing the dysfunction in the legislative branch, ranging from members of the Freedom Caucus to the Progressive Caucus.

A Three-Part Strategy to Win

We’re working to pass comprehensive federal legislation that fixes the political system so that our government better serves the people.

We can do this in three steps:

  1. Build a cross-partisan movement for change.
  2. Organize opinion-makers and citizens across the country to create the outside pressure on Washington we need to win big reforms in Congress.
  3. Educate the public and advocate for new laws now to increase disclosure and accountability of political spending, tighten enforcement and strengthen ethics to pave the way for big reform.

Read our policy framework and legislative proposals here.

Our Impact

We are involved in a range of strategic activities to pass federal legislation to fix our broken political system. Here’s a sampling of what we do:

Watch to learn more about our work:

Read “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch Is Broken and What We Can Do About It”

Issue One’s new joint report with the R Street Institute examines the legislative branch’s dysfunction through conversations with members who have voluntarily departed in the 2018 cycle. Read the full report and proposed solutions in “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch is Broken and What We Can Do About Ithere.