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115th Congress ReFormers Caucus Lunch

With the 115th Congress in full swing, a bipartisan group of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus hosted a lunch to discuss how they could be most effective in promoting and advocating for issues critical to democracy in the coming months. Conservative Republican Representative Ken Buck, who represents eastern Colorado and just started his second term in Congress after being his freshman

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Things to Watch Out For: Weakening the Office of Congressional Ethics

You probably remember that the Monday before the 115th Congress was sworn in, in the dead of the night on a holiday, House Republicans tried (and failed) to pass rules to weaken the independent ethics office meant to police members of Congress. Last month, however, Meredith McGehee, Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy, highlighted one little-noticed rule that

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Bipartisan Bills Bring Senate Disclosure into 21st Century

Late last week, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced two campaign finance-related bills: the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (e-file bill) and the Sunlight for Unaccountable Non-profits (SUN) Act. Both were also introduced previously in the 114th Congress. The bipartisan, widely popular e-file bill saves money by requiring U.S. Senate candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically, rather than on

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President Trump closed a door and opened a tollbooth

In response to Trump administration advisers launching the political nonprofit group America First Policies to support President Trump’s policies, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “Here’s the problem: It’s a sitting president. He’s in the business of raising money for an outside entity, and it creates a very stark opportunity for access and influence

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Issue One Statement on President Trump’s Lobbying Executive Order

This statement has been updated following a review of the executive order on ethics signed by President Trump.  “At first blush, today’s executive order on ethics signed by President Trump mirrors much of what was contained in the previous order signed by President Obama. However, there are two very significant differences,” said Meredith McGehee, chief of policy, programs and strategy

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Forget insider trading. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) may have violated House ethics rules.

This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill. While Washington and social media are all atwitter over the STOCK Act and the confirmation hearing of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), it is a provision in the House ethics rules that should receive attention today. In the past 72 hours, questions have been raised about whether Price’s purchase of stock

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The Little-Noticed Rule Passed by House Republicans that Damages Ethics Oversight

It was just last week that House Republicans tried to pass rules in the dead of night to weaken independent ethics oversight meant to police members of Congress. While the widespread public outcry on social media, television networks and burning through the Congressional telephone lines caused a temporary pullback of the rules, Republicans managed to weaken the office all the

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Meredith McGehee talks Jared Kushner’s appointment on NBC Nightly News

Ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference tomorrow, which is scheduled to address his businesses and potential conflicts of interest, he named his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior adviser. Ethics expert and Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee spoke with NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt about the appointment and potential conflicts of interest that

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House Passes Bill Requiring Transparency from Presidential Library Donors

This week, the House passed the bipartisan Presidential Library Donation Reform Act, sponsored by Tennessee Republican John Duncan and co-sponsored by Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings. Under current law, presidential libraries are built with private funds that can be raised in any amount, from any source, including foreign governments or corporations. This has lead to claims of conflict of interest. For

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