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It is time to enhance and modernize the Office of Government Ethics (OGE)

As Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director Walter Shaub leaves office this week, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Public confidence in our elected leaders is at an all-time low, but Washington didn’t get the memo. The Trump administration — in order to renew faith in a responsive, ethical federal government —

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The misguided plan to revive the “K Street Project”

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in response to news that National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) is seeking to revive a version of the misguided K Street Project, made famous by former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay. “Reviving the ‘K Street Project’ is the most misguided priority

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By overturning Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction, the courts undermine public trust

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in response to news that former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 conviction was overturned: “It has been clear that the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA) is in desperate need of revision. “There is a growing disconnect between ongoing jurisprudence dating back

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Issue One statement on campaign finance related-riders in House Appropriations Committee markup of government funding bill

UPDATED July 14, 2017, 11am ET:  Late Thursday evening, measures negatively impacting the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Election Commission (FEC) were passed by the House Appropriations Committee in their FY18 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill.   During debate, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) offered an amendment to strip an SEC-related rider aimed at

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Catfish cronyism in Congress

This letter to the editor originally appeared in the Washington Post. It is in response to an earlier article about two catfish inspection offices in the federal government. The June 14 Food article “Has Congress given blue catfish a free pass?” reminded us that when money is the bait, Washington cannot help but go on a fishing expedition in search of

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Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus: It Is Time to Come Together

Ahead of tonight’s Congressional Baseball Game, which has a bipartisan history dating back more than 100 years, Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus delivered a message of unity to Capitol Hill.  Today, Republicans and Democrats will play on the same field for the love of our great American game.  Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus is calling both parties to take that same spirit of cooperation

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Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Democratic New York Representative Steve Israel to our ReFormers Caucus, the largest coalition of its kind: 181 former members of Congress and governors dedicated to returning government to the American people. “Steve Israel stands as a prime example of how the fundraising-first culture drives good public servants from office,” said Issue One Executive Director Nick Penniman.

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Millions of viewers watch Issue One explain the price that comes with power in Washington

What, exactly, is the price of power in Washington for some of the most influential lawmakers on Capitol Hill? That’s the question Issue One’s new report seeks to answer, for readers and tens of millions of viewers around the country. Issue One Executive Director Nick Penniman and ReFormers Caucus Co-chair Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) interviewed on “Full Measure with

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The Price of Power: How Political Parties Squeeze Influential Lawmakers to Boost their Campaign Coffers

A new report from Issue One called “The Price of Power” details how the chairs and ranking members of the most influential committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are increasingly being pressured by party leadership to funnel significant portions of the funds they raise back to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) under the current

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