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5 key numbers to know from the latest House and Senate campaign finance filings

Just halfway through 2021, fundraising efforts for the 2022 congressional elections are already in full swing.  All House and Senate candidates filed new campaign finance reports last week detailing their fundraising and expenditures between April 1 and June 30, 2021. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $1.2 million The

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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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Issue One and Campaign Legal Center urge FEC to formally clarify that leadership PAC funds cannot be used for personal use

Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center today sent a letter to FEC Commissioner Sean Cooksey urging him to work with his fellow FEC commissioners to begin a rulemaking to formally clarify that leadership PAC funds cannot be used by members of Congress for their personal use.  The letter comes in the wake of Cooksey incorrectly stating that the current

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Six key numbers to know from the latest House and Senate campaign finance filings

Just months after the 2020 elections, members of Congress have already started to raise large sums for their 2022 reelection efforts.  All House and Senate candidates filed new campaign finance reports last week that detailed their fundraising and expenditures between January 1 and March 31, 2021. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of

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New Congress, Same “Committee Tax”: How the parties pressured legislative leaders to raise huge sums of campaign cash during the 116th Congress — and are poised to do so again this year

One of the open secrets of Washington is that both the Democratic and Republican parties strong-arm influential legislators to raise astronomical amounts of campaign cash. Referred to as paying “party dues,” lawmakers are pressured to transfer huge sums from their campaigns and affiliated PACs to the parties as well as spend countless hours “dialing for dollars” to raise six- and

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60% of President Donald Trump’s post-election tweets sought to undermine legitimacy of presidential race

Despite record turnout in the 2020 election, the American people’s confidence in our institutions and political system is at a dangerously low level. Against this backdrop, new research from Issue One reveals the extent to which then-President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 election and sow doubts about our democratic processes.  In a

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Seven numbers to know about the campaign money that flowed to House and Senate members in 2020

Recently filed campaign finance reports help paint a full picture of exactly how much money House and Senate candidates raised and spent during the 2020 election cycle. The bottom line: Lawmakers — especially those in the most competitive races — are under intense pressure to raise money, each and every day. Here are some key numbers to know, based on

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12 numbers to know about the money in the 2020 presidential election

Staggering sums of money were injected into the 2020 presidential race.  Here are some of the most critical numbers to know about the money spent by the presidential candidates, and their allies, according to an Issue One analysis of campaign finance reports. $4.9 billion: The total amount of money that was spent by all candidates and outside groups during the

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Issue One’s Meredith McGehee and Elise Wirkus named among top grassroots lobbyists of 2020 by The Hill

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee and Legislative Affairs Manager Elise Wirkus were named among the top grassroots lobbyists in Washington, D.C., by The Hill newspaper this week. The Hill’s list recognizes those lobbyists who “wielded their clout and knowledge most effectively” in 2020.  This is Wirkus’ first time on The Hill’s annual list of top lobbyists and McGehee’s 14th

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9 key campaign finance numbers to know going into Election Day

Staggering sums of money have been injected into the 2020 presidential race, according to an Issue One analysis of campaign finance reports. Here are some of the most critical numbers to know about how the funds at the disposal of the presidential candidates — and their allies. $2.6 BILLION has flowed into the presidential race between Donald Trump and Joe

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