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9 key numbers to know about the money in the 2020 presidential race

Big money is flowing in the 2020 presidential race, even amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to an Issue One analysis of new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday.  Here are some of the key numbers to know from these new filings, which detail the money presidential candidates — and their allies — raised and spent in

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Dark money spending since Citizens United set to eclipse $1 billion

Total dark money spending since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 will soon eclipse $1 billion, according to an Issue One analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics. This ominous milestone in political spending comes as secretive liberal groups are matching their conservative counterparts nearly dollar-for-dollar ahead of the 2020 election — and may potentially

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8 essential numbers to know from the latest presidential campaign finance filings

With Election Day just over 10 weeks away, big money is being pumped into the 2020 presidential race, even amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.  Here are some of the essential numbers to know from an Issue One analysis of these new filings, which detail the money presidential

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Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus urges Senate to include money for safe and secure elections in next coronavirus relief bill

Approximately 200 members of Issue One’s bipartisan ReFormers Caucus — the largest bipartisan group of former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials ever assembled to advocate for political reform — today urged senators to include additional funding for states to administer safe and secure elections in the next coronavirus pandemic relief legislation. “If we fail to ensure a safe

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New report highlights shell company loophole that could be abused by foreigners who want to interfere in U.S. elections

Shell companies that give money to super PACs could be conduits for foreign money in the 2020 election, warns a new report published today by Issue One. Under current law, super PACs are permitted to collect contributions of unlimited amounts, but must disclose their donors. In some cases, their campaign finance disclosures list opaque shell companies as contributors. As a

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Remembering the lives of civil rights champions Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian

In the wake of the deaths of civil rights leaders Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement: “Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian were civil rights champions and towering leaders for social and economic justice whose lives inspired Americans for generations to fight for freedom and

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20 groups from across political spectrum urge Donald Trump and Joe Biden to reveal information about their campaign fundraisers

In an effort spearheaded by Issue One, 20 organizations from across the political spectrum today urged the campaigns of President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to publicly report information about their top campaign fundraisers — often referred to as “bundlers” — on a regular basis ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “Government accountability depends on transparency

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Issue One and Campaign Legal Center send letter to FEC chair: Get to work on dark money

Campaign Legal Center and Issue One today sent a letter to recently confirmed FEC Chair Trey Trainor urging him to take action on the flood of secret or “dark” money flooding U.S. elections, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. The letter is a response to a recent interview with Trainor where he dismissed the threat posed by “dark money”

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