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Adopting ways of Washington, more than half of freshman House members now have leadership PACs

More than half of all freshman House members have formed leadership PACs — political committees that are frequently criticized as slush funds — according to an Issue One review of federal campaign finance filings.  “It takes shockingly little time for politicians to adopt the ways of Washington,” said Issue One CEO Nick Penniman. “Leadership PACs are little-known outside the Beltway,

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5 things we learned from the latest 2020 campaign finance reports

Congressional and presidential candidates filed their latest campaign finance reports on Tuesday, detailing their fundraising and expenditures between July 1 and September 30. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $234 million President Donald Trump and the Democratic and Republican candidates vying to replace him combined to raise about $234

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Cross-partisan coalition urges presidential candidates to embrace transparency and disclose their big-money campaign fundraisers

Many presidential candidates are relying on networks of wealthy, well-connected donors to help them raise large sums of campaign cash. Will any of these White House hopefuls publicly disclose the names of these elite fundraisers? They should, according to a new letter sent today by Issue One and 15 other organizations from across the ideological spectrum to all Republican and

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New documents affirm Issue One reports about the price of power in Congress

Recently leaked internal Democratic Party documents confirm a disturbing trend that Issue One has been calling attention to for years: Both the Democratic and Republican parties lean on members of Congress to raise astronomical amounts of money and expect House members serving on influential committees to pay for their positions. Both parties appear to follow the mantra that the more

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Super PACs have raised millions for 2020 presidential race

Super PACs focused on the 2020 presidential race have collectively raised nearly $18 million through June 30, according to a new Issue One analysis of federal campaign finance filings.  All the while, these groups — which are allowed to collect unlimited amounts of money from individuals, labor unions, and companies — combined to spend $3.6 million, including expenditures on political

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Four critical leadership PAC reporting tips

By midnight on Wednesday, all leadership PACs will have filed their first campaign finance reports of 2019. These reports will detail the fundraising and expenditures of lawmakers’ leadership PACs between January 1 and June 30. According to Issue One’s research, nearly every member of Congress — 86 percent — operates at least one leadership PAC today, including 42 freshman House

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5 things we learned from the latest round of 2020 campaign finance reports

Congressional and presidential candidates alike filed their latest batch of campaign finance reports on Monday, detailing their fundraising and expenditures between April 1 and June 30. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $1.1 million The median amount of money raised during the second quarter by a sitting senator running

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