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Harry Reid Free to Break Law, says Regulatory Agency

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has withdrawn his request for opinion from the Federal Election Commission on whether he can use campaign contributions to fund his post-retirement activities, highlighting once again the dysfunction of Washington’s most notoriously broken agency. A quick recap: federal regulations bar spending money raised for campaigns or political action committees for personal use. Sen. Reid claims

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Lobbyists will be sad about new rules passed in states

State legislatures are often more appealing for lobbyists looking to move pet policy projects, particularly as Washington continues to remain gridlocked and broken. That’s why, as the Washington Post reports today, “a number of legislatures are putting in place new rules on lobbying state officials.” Most of the new regulations aim to force greater disclosure and define what a lobbyist

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Montana Shines Light on Dark Money in Politics

Montana took a big step in the reform world today by shining a light on money in state politics. Residents can now view state campaign contribution reports immediately after publication, ensuring every voter and constituent knows who’s spending what to influence their ballots and their leaders. As non-statewide candidates are also now required to file finance reports, the Commissioner of

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Democrats’ Chief Fundraiser Quits from Too Much Fundraising

Rep. Steve Israel, the Democratic Party’s chief fundraiser, announced his retirement today from Congress. Why is he leaving office after eight terms? “I don’t think I can spend another day in another call room making another call begging for money,” Mr. Israel told the New York Times. This constant grind to finance reelections is known as “fundraising fatigue,” and it’s

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The $400,000 Question: Does Mitch McConnell now support Senate e-filing?

Congress finally passed an omnibus budget deal today, after tense negotiations that nearly resulted in another federal government shutdown. While neither Democrats nor Republicans were thrilled with the contents of the final bill, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is bound to be disappointed. He went to bat for several riders to loosen campaign finance restrictions and increase the flow of secret

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Former Elected Officials to Obama: Show Us the Money!

Today, 14 members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus released a letter to President Obama asking him to show us the money. That’s the gist of their letter to the White House urging the President to sign an executive order to require full disclosure of political spending by federal contractors. In doing so, he could shine a light on the contracting process

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ReFormers Caucus airs ad demanding action on campaign finance reform

Today, Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus aired an ad during CNN’s “Newsroom,” Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” programs to introduce the growing bipartisan support for money-in-politics reform and to emphasize solutions to America’s governing crisis. In the 60 second ad, former senator and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and former senator and RNC chair Bill Brock

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ReFormers Caucus tells debate moderators: Ask about money-in-politics reform!

The ReFormers Caucus of more than 100 former members of Congress and governors is bringing greater attention and purpose to money-in-politics reform. That’s why they’re reaching out to debate moderators and pushing them to ask the critical question: what specifically will candidates do to ensure our government is truly of, by and for the people? “The presidential debates are some

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