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Members of Both Parties Issue Strong Words to the President on Dark Money

Yesterday a bipartisan group of former lawmakers and government officials issued strong statements to President Obama urging him to follow through with an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Listen the the recording below. Executive Order Telepress Call Recording “We need to shine a bright light on the dark money in our federal contracting system,”

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Take Back Our Republic to Rally in Front of White House

Tomorrow the conservative money-in-politics group Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) will be holding a rally in front of the White House to urge President Obama to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending. Citing the possibility of foreign and other illicit contributions impacting American elections, TBOR strongly supports increased transparency in elections. Writing today in

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Republicans and Democrats to Push President Obama on Dark Money

Next Tuesday, during a telepress conference, Republican and Democratic former lawmakers will call on President Obama to issue an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Speakers include former Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT), Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood (R-IL)[invited], Sec. of Agriculture Dan Glickman (D-KS) and Ambassador Tim Roemer (D-IN); all members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus.

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ReFormer Rep. Jim Leach on Every Voice Podcast

The day after the Iowa caucuses, former Iowa Congressman and ReFormer Jim Leach spoke with Every Voice’s Adam Smith about how the pervasive influence of money in politics affected the race in Iowa and how it has changed the legislative process over the years. “Money can buy a lot… It can make candidate look cheerful and happy… It can make

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Where Does Every 2016 Candidate Stand on Money-in-Politics Reform?

If you’ve been looking for handy resource to see where all of the 2016 candidates stand on money-in-politics reform, your search is over. Both Iowa Pays the Price and the New Hampshire Rebellion released scorecards last week to grade all of the candidates’ positions and, more importantly, their actions, on campaign finance reform. While the Democratic candidates do well across

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Ambassador Roemer Addresses Money in Politics on Morning Joe

This morning Issue One Strategic Adviser Ambassador Tim Roemer appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to make the case that money-in-politics reform is on the horizon. “We see across the country referendums popping up at the state level,” he said. “Maine passed a referendum to clean up their politics. Seattle. San Francisco. And the president of the United States… he could sign

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Trouble in Paradise: Florida Scraps Childrens Surgery Standards Over Political Donations

Sometimes a situation makes the case for money in politics reform so clearly that it doesn’t require further explanation. That is unfortunately the case in a story today out of Florida, which describes how the state abandoned quality standards for children’s heart surgery after a health care provider that had consistently failed to meet those standards pumped thousands of dollars into

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Disclosure Isn’t Complicated. Why Are We So Bad At It?

In Politico this morning, reporter Ken Vogel makes this disturbing observation about the state of transparency and disclosure in U.S. elections: “Big-money outside groups have spent more than $143 million in the presidential race in the six months since any of them were required to reveal their donors… The origins of some of that cash will never be revealed, while

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For Political Ads, Follow the Money—If You Can

According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, as reported by the New York Times, one-in-five political ads this election have been financed by untraceable dark money. While the 2012 elections saw the high-water mark for dark money top $300 million, election experts expect even more undisclosed contributions in 2016. To make matters worse, Congress double-downed on dark money

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