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Scores of lawmakers’ leadership PACs spent vast sums on luxurious dining, lodging, and travel, new Issue One and Campaign Legal Center report shows

New research from Issue One and Campaign Legal Center shows that scores of lawmakers are not using the bulk of the money they raise in their leadership PACs to assist other candidates, political groups, or their parties — the intended purpose of leadership PACs when they were approved by the Federal Election Commission more than 40 years ago. While most

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New video from Issue One highlights the alarming, outsized influence of ultra-wealthy donors

Issue One published a new video today to highlight the alarming, outsized influence that a handful of ultra-wealthy donors have in the post-Citizens United era. The video raises awareness of the need for reforms that help make our political system more responsive to the needs of all Americans, and comes at a time when debate in Washington about sweeping

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Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Zach Wamp (R-TN) and Tim Roemer (D-IN) urge Congress to protect voting rights on anniversary of signing of Voting Rights Act of 1965

The United States will celebrate an important voting rights milestone later this week: Friday marks the 56th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, which President Lyndon Johnson signed into law on Aug. 6, 1965. Moreover, today marks 80 days since Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said that “inaction is not an option” when it

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Issue One condemns FEC’s inaction on cases of alleged illegal coordination between 2016 presidential candidates and supportive outside groups

In the wake of the news that the statute of limitations has run out on two cases of alleged illegal coordination with big-money outside groups in the 2016 presidential race that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) had been investigating, Issue One issued the following statement: “It’s shameful that the FEC was missing in action for 15 months during the 2020

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Outsized Influence: 12 political megadonors are responsible for $1 of every $13 in federal elections since Citizens United and 25% of all giving from the top 100 ZIP codes — a total of $3.4 billion

As Congress debates potential changes to the nation’s campaign finance system designed to empower ordinary Americans, new research from Issue One shows the extent to which wealthy, overwhelmingly white donors dominate political giving in the post-Citizens United era. In fact, just 12 megadonors — at least eight of whom are billionaires — contributed a combined $3.4 billion to federal candidates and

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After Letlow’s swearing in, 90% of current House members now operate leadership PACs

With her swearing in today, Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA) became the newest member of Congress, filling the vacancy left after the death of her husband, Luke Letlow, who won the election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District last fall.  Letlow also becomes the latest member of Congress to operate a leadership PAC — a political committee separate from a lawmaker’s official

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Trump’s PAC may be “a textbook example of a political slush fund” says Issue One’s Meredith McGehee as group raises $31.5 million in less than 8 weeks

A campaign finance report filed on Sunday night shows that Save America PAC, a leadership PAC formed by President Donald Trump on Nov. 9 that has few restrictions on how it spends the money it raises, collected a jaw-dropping $31.5 million from donors between its creation and the end of 2020. That’s the equivalent of roughly $600,000 every day of

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Issue One expands communications team, hires Cory Combs to lead media relations

Communications professional Cory Combs this week joined Issue One as its new senior communications manager.  Combs will manage Issue One’s media relation efforts, including serving as the main point of contact for reporters seeking comment from Issue One officials, as well as members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus and National Council on Election Integrity. “As we build up our communications

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Bipartisan National Council on Election Integrity urges Americans to “refrain from violence”

In the wake of the FBI announcing that right-wing militias are planning activities in Washington, D.C., and state capitals across the country ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the National Council on Election Integrity — a bipartisan group of more than 40 former elected officials, former Cabinet secretaries, retired military officials, and civic leaders — issued the following

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Issue One joins 70 groups in urging Congress to impeach President Trump, praises corporations’ decisions to withhold campaign contributions

Issue One today joined with 70 other organizations in calling for the U.S. House of Representatives to act immediately to impeach President Trump for his role in inciting last week’s violent attack on the Capitol. “President Trump must be removed from office immediately and prevented from ever serving in public office again. Our organizations strongly urge you to begin this

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