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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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8 key numbers from the latest 2020 campaign finance filings

Money continues to pour into the 2020 presidential race amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission this weekend.  Here are some of the most vital numbers to know from an Issue One analysis of these filings, which detail the money presidential candidates raised and spent in May. Election Day is currently

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Federal Election Commission should act to close loophole exposed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee today commended the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for opening the door to consideration of a potential new rulemaking that could limit the amount of leftover campaign funds a candidate who self-funded their campaign could legally transfer to national party committees. “If the FEC does not take action to close this loophole, it’s virtually guaranteed

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IRS rules change allowing groups to keep donors’ names hidden is both disappointing and troubling

In the wake of the news that the Treasury Department and IRS this week implemented a rules change that allows many 501(c) organizations — including politically active dark money groups organized under Secs. 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) of the tax code — to keep their donors secret, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “It is both disappointing

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8 numbers to know from the newest 2020 campaign finance filings

Despite the public health and economic crises spawned by the coronavirus pandemic, money continues to pour into the 2020 presidential race, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.  Here are some of the most vital numbers to know from these new campaign finance filings, which detail the money presidential candidates raised and spent in April:

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Congress needs to reform itself in wake of coronavirus, write 110 members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus in USA Today

Today, in an open letter to Congress published in USA Today, a bipartisan group of 110 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries who are all part of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus urged current lawmakers to embrace institutional reforms in the wake of the public health and economic crises spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. “We hope that leaders in

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Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee on Senate’s confirmation of Trey Trainor to the FEC

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in the wake of the Senate’s confirmation of Texas attorney Trey Trainor to serve on the Federal Election Commission, which ends the longest period in the agency’s history without the quorum necessary for it to do its job — nearly nine months. “We hope that Trey Trainor will faithfully uphold

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Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee urges all senators to vote no on Trey Trainor’s FEC nomination

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee warned that Texas lawyer Trey Trainor is the wrong choice to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission ahead of the Senate’s expected vote today on his nomination: “Trey Trainor is the wrong choice to serve on the Federal Election Commission. Reopening the FEC with a commissioner who does not think we

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Congress needs to act immediately to provide states with the emergency federal funding they need to run safe, secure and credible elections in November. The previous federal funding was an important down payment, but reports from state and local election officials indicate substantially more federal emergency assistance is needed as soon as possible. Issue One and many others are working to convince Senators to vote in July for more funding so that our November elections are safe, secure, and fair.