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Issue One’s Inaugural Teddy Roosevelt Courage Awards honors four bipartisan members of Congress dedicated to fixing the broken political system

Issue One honors Senators Lankford (R-OK) & Klobuchar (D-MN), Representatives Gallagher (R-WI) & Kilmer (D-WA) with inaugural Teddy Roosevelt Courage Awards Inaugural awards honor bipartisan champions of election security and political reform. On Wednesday, Issue One honored two Republican and two Democratic members of Congress in the House and Senate with its inaugural Teddy Roosevelt Courage Awards in recognition of

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Event: Decoding digital ads on Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and Twitter ahead of 2020

Spending on digital political ads continues to grow as the 2020 election heats up. The top spenders – including President Donald Trump – are laser-focused on microtargeting potential donors and voters through paid advertising on the largest online platforms.  But Facebook, Google, Snapchat, and Twitter each have different policies about what makes an ad “political”, who can run the ads,

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The House must extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Today, Issue One and 24 other organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum called on U.S. House leadership to extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress in a joint letter. The letter states: “We are a diverse mix of organizations and individuals with decades of experience in congressional operations, procedure, technology, and public policy. We strongly urge

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New report: Digital Disaster — The failures of Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s political ad transparency policies

Issue One’s latest report, “Digital Disaster: The failures of Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s political ad transparency policies,” reveals how piecemeal, voluntary approaches by the largest social media platforms to stop disinformation campaigns fail to protect our political system from foreign interference.  As the report shows clearly, the companies’ political ad transparency policies are a mess, and they do not measure

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More than 90 national security leaders, former members of Congress, and top administration officials push for election security reform in the Senate

Today, Republican and Democratic former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel and Leon Panetta, former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Admiral James Loy, and 90 other former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries from both parties, called on the U.S. Senate to support a suite of bipartisan bills that would defend America’s elections against foreign interference.  They are members of Issue One’s

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Senate Intelligence Committee makes the case for the Honest Ads Act

This week’s bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russian foreign interference in the 2016 election is the latest and most definitive case for new legislation that would help improve transparency for online political ads as a way to bolster election security. “The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 requires political advertisements on television, radio, and satellite to disclose the sponsor

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Experts tell Capitol Hill staff of ongoing threats to U.S elections and how to address them as part of our “Don’t Mess With US” project

Election security experts were optimistic of Capitol Hill’s efforts to prevent foreign interference and harden U.S. election infrastructure ahead of November 2020 but called for more action at a staff briefing today. The panel was hosted and moderated by Issue One CEO Nick Penniman as part of our “Don’t Mess With US” project.  “Election security is the greatest crisis facing our

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Issue One launches “FEC M.I.A.” to spotlight nation’s broken election watchdog

Today, Issue One launched FEC M.I.A. to hold the president and Senate accountable for allowing the nation’s election watchdog to effectively shutter, and call on all six seats on the FEC to be filled by new commissioners. “The Federal Election Commission was already broken, but now it is in shambles and can’t even perform the most basic law-enforcement functions as

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Arizona Senator Martha McSally (R) supports key election security legislation endorsed by Issue One’s “Don’t Mess With US” project

This week, Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally co-sponsored the DETER Act (S. 1060), one of the bills in the suite of legislative proposals Issue One’s “Don’t Mess With US” project highlights as necessary to stop foreign attacks on our political system.  In July, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) — lead sponsors of the DETER Act —

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Reps. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) co-sponsor the Honest Ads Act

This week, Reps. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) joined in co-sponsoring the Honest Ads Act, the best first step to secure our elections by preventing paid, foreign disinformation campaigns on the largest online platforms.  This brings the total number of sponsors in the House and Senate to 39 — 19 Republicans and 20 Democrats.  “The Honest Ads Act

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