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Behind the Price of Power: Q&A with former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA)

To help inform Issue One’s landmark report, “The Price of Power,” we interviewed several members of our bipartisan ReFormers Caucus at-length about their experiences with fundraising and concerns with the “committee tax” imposed on lawmakers. Every Tuesday and Thursday over the next few weeks, we will release edited excerpts of those conversations with these former lawmakers to supplement and expand

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Behind the Price of Power: Q&A with former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL)

To help inform Issue One’s landmark report, “The Price of Power,” we interviewed several members of our bipartisan ReFormers Caucus at-length about their experiences with fundraising and concerns with the “committee tax” imposed on lawmakers. Every Tuesday and Thursday over the next few weeks, we will release edited excerpts of those conversations with these former lawmakers to supplement and expand

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Georgians kept in the dark about many ad sponsors

Co-authored by Daniel Hensel This year, residents of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District were bombarded with a seemingly never-ending cascade of political advertisements. But figuring out who was really behind this $60 million spending spree is nothing short of a Herculean task. Our disclosure laws are outdated. While the sponsors of ads must be disclosed, the names of politically active groups

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The money behind the most expensive U.S. House race in history

Update (June 21, 9am ET): Republican Karen Handel won the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, making history as the state’s first Republican congresswoman. Here are more details as to the role outside spending played in the election. UPDATED: Outside groups spent more than $27 million in #GA06, with pro-Handel forces spending about 2.5 times as much as pro-Ossoff orgs

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15 years since bipartisan law passed tackling money in politics. Here’s what has changed since then

Fifteen years ago today, Republican President George W. Bush signed into law the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which tackled some of the most egregious campaign finance problems of the day. Most notably, the law prohibited political parties from raising unlimited donations from individuals, corporations and unions, so-called “soft money” contributions. The measure, also known as McCain-Feingold after its

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