Issue One is the leading crosspartisan political reform group in Washington. We unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system.
Issue One Is Positioned to Seize the Moment
American democracy is in crisis. Congress is gridlocked. Special interests are running Washington. Dark money is flooding our elections. Politicians are picking their voters through gerrymandered districts. Our politics are polarized, and we can’t get anything done.
The public’s desire to disrupt the status quo in Washington is strong, and four in five voters polled about the 2018 election supported bipartisan political reforms — including 85% of Democrats, 81% of independents, and 78% of Republicans. A flood of other polls confirm this.
The time is right: That’s why Issue One is building a movement to usher in an era of systemic crosspartisan political reform.
An Honest Broker on Capitol Hill
Since our founding in 2014, Issue One has been creating the political climate to win game-changing crosspartisan reforms at the federal level.
There is no silver bullet to revitalize our democracy. But there is a single path — galvanizing the public and elected leaders around a host of important and achievable solutions like securing our elections, ending gerrymandering, and reforming campaign finance laws.
At Issue One, we are leveraging our reputation as an honest and crosspartisan broker to:
- Promote transparency and stronger enforcement of campaign finance laws
- Reinvigorate Congress through rules changes and rebuilding the support systems representatives and senators need to do their jobs
- Improve the administration of our elections and protect them against foreign interference
- Increase small-donor participation in funding political campaigns
Building a Winning Constituency for Change
Issue One’s strategy is unique among reform groups because of our crosspartisan approach. No major political reform has passed Congress without bipartisan support in the past 70 years. It takes more than one party to win lasting change. That’s why all of the bills we champion are conceived of, and advanced, with buy-in from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
Key to our crosspartisan movement are our initiatives and programs.
- Our National Council on Election Integrity — a group of more than 40 government, political, and civic leaders — which is leading our 2021 work to improve election administration
- Our Count Every Vote in 2020 campaign — a $15 million communications effort to defend the integrity of our elections and push back against efforts to undermine faith in our election process
- Our ReFormers Caucus leverages insights from the halls of power
- The Fulcrum, a first-of-its-kind independent news hub for democracy reform
- Our groundbreaking research establishes ourselves as credible experts on needed reforms
- Our Don’t Mess With US project works to address the national security emergency that is foreign election interference
- Our Rebuild Congress Initiative, in partnership with the Harvard Negotiation Project, brings crosspartisan power to improve the legislative brach, and was critical in the creation of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
- We are encouraging faith communities to join the political reform movement in order to build unity around civic innovation
- We are mobilizing with business leaders to strengthen democracy by shifting industry norms, modernizing internal business policies, and targeting legislation
This is what makes Issue One the leading crosspartisan political reform group in Washington.
Converting New Power into Legislative Wins
All of our work is aimed at creating the energy and environment necessary to move political reform legislation through Congress. To that end, we have:
- Worked with senators from both parties to pass the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, a commonsense transparency measure that had languished for 15 years
- Crafted the Honest Ads Act (HAA) to prevent foreign disinformation campaigns and recruited 39 Republican and Democratic sponsors, including three senators
- Helped draft the bipartisan Political Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA) to close dark money loopholes and end political slush funds in Congress
- Promoted the leading bipartisan reform legislation to overhaul the broken Federal Election Commission
- Helped secure $425 million in funding to protect our elections in 2020
- Won $400 million in funding to help states bolster their elections amid the coronavirus pandemic
For five years, Issue One has been creating and preparing for this moment. The wins we’ve had on transparency and election security are just the beginning. We are poised to help create the most productive reform era in a generation and achieve the political reforms needed to restore our democracy.
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