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Swamp Stories Episode 28: Conversations: Former Rep. Donna Edwards

In the latest episode of our Swamp Stories podcast, Weston chats with former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) about what it was like being a member of Congress, how she would fix our broken political system, and the RV trip that she took across America alone after the 2016 election to better understand the rise of Donald Trump.  Episode 28 of

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Swamp Stories episode 27: Fixing the FEC

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created to play the critical role of enforcing our federal campaign finance laws and preventing political corruption or the appearance of corruption. Its job is to investigate complaints and issue rulings or referrals about violations, and create new rules as needed. Yet, since its creation, the agency has been largely dysfunctional and gridlocked —

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Swamp Stories episode 26: Conversation with former Rep. Reid Ribble

Episode 26 of Swamp Stories is the third episode in our periodic series of longform conversations between host Weston Wamp and leaders in the political reform movement. In this episode, Weston is joined by former Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) to chat about the need for political reform, the problems Ribble sees with his own party’s narrative on elections, and the

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Swamp Stories episode 25: The Funnel

In the last episode of Swamp Stories, we explored the influence of “dark money” — particularly on the 2020 election. In our latest episode, we’re taking a deeper dive into the world of dark money and examining a once rare strategy that’s used to funnel this unaccountable cash through 501(c)(4)s and into the hands of super PACs — all while

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Swamp Stories episode 24: The Arms Race That Won’t End

More than $1 billion worth of unaccountable “dark money” flowed into the 2020 election at the federal level. This secretive spending by groups with anonymous donors has a corrosive influence on American politics and leaves voters and candidates in the dark about who is attempting to influence their votes and the outcome of an election.  As Congress considers campaign finance

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Issue One joins coalition to support the Capitol Hill community

Issue One joined leading civil society groups last week to launch CapitolStrong, an initiative to support and recognize the congressional and service staff working in the U.S. Capitol, and to create a space to repair and rebuild trust in our democratic institutions following the violent attack that transpired on January 6, 2021. The rioting and violence that occurred at the

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Watch: Former government officials explain why a seamless transition is essential for national security

Citizens for a Strong Democracy, Issue One’s National Council on Election Integrity, and the National Task Force on Election Crises held a joint press briefing today about why a seamless transition is essential for national security. A peaceful and timely transfer of power was defined as essential to national security by the 9/11 Commission. Responsible stewardship of our democracy requires

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