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This Holiday Season, Bond With Your Family Over Campaign Finance (Seriously)

The holidays are approaching which means it’s time to start picking up presents, brainstorming new year’s resolutions and, of course, thinking of ways to talk about the 2016 elections with your family without inciting a shouting match. Here’s a suggestion: Talk about something that everyone agrees is a problem—money in politics. New polling from Pew Research shows that 76 percent

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House Republicans Take On Sen. McConnell Over Campaign Finance Deregulation

The House Freedom Caucus, a group of  40 Republican members in the U.S. House of Representatives are defying Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) plan to deregulate key campaign finance limits. And they’re not mincing words. “This rider would rig the game for the national parties and diminish the influence of ordinary Americans in the political process,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), said.

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Democracy is on a Roll: DC Becomes Latest City to Push for Fair Elections Reform

D.C. Councilmember David Grosso, joined by Council Chair Phil Mendelson and Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and Charles Allen, introduced a bill today that would create a citizen-funding (or public financing) system for the District of Columbia. The bill is great news for D.C. residents, and comes on the heels of huge fair elections victories in Maine and Seattle. Councilmember Grosso’s bill

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Not So Sweet: How The Sugar Industry Buys Policy, and What We Can Do About It

Harvard Professor and Issue One Advisory Board Member Malcolm Salter has an excellent op-ed in Forbes detailing how the sugar industry uses campaign contributions and lobbying to artificially inflate the price of sugar and maintain billion dollar subsidies. The sugar industry, which Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush have held up as a prime example of crony capitalism,

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ReFormers Caucus Puts 2016 Candidates on Notice

This week, the ReFormers are issuing a challenge to the 2016 presidential candidates:  Discuss specific solutions they would support to end the dominance of money in politics. In a letter to the Republican and Democratic debate moderators, the ReFormers are demanding that candidates be held accountable for providing substantive policy proposals. Check out the letter below! (click to enlarge)   Issue One’s

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The Bipartisan Movement for Reform in Iowa is Growing

Iowa Pays the Price, a project of Issue One working to educate Iowans about the role of money in elections, is rapidly gathering steam for their bipartisan reform movement in Iowa. Yesterday the group announced the conservative Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition had signed on to support money-in-politics reform along with the progressive organization, Progress Iowa. Steve Scheffler, president of

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Solutions to the insidious problem of crony capitalism

The Center for Economic Development (CED) released a report last week detailing the price we all pay when the campaign finance system is rigged to allow corporations and and special interests outsize influence over policy. “Crony Capitalism: Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government” discusses three trends which have combined to distort our economic system: the growth of government, rising campaign

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Republican Former FEC Chair Calls Out Republicans

Former FEC Chair and Issue One Adviser Trevor Potter makes a lot of great points in this Politico op-ed about the current tragic state of our campaign finance system, calling out everyone from the FEC to the Supreme Court to the IRS. The whole piece is definitely worth a read, but the most interesting couple of paragraphs call out the

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