Author Archive for: wgray

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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Victory! House Republicans reverse course on Office of Congressional Ethics

Following widespread public outcry, wall-to-wall news stories and balking by rank-and-file members of Congress, House Republicans reversed course just after noon today and scuttled proposed changes to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. According to reports, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered a motion to restore the current Office of Congressional Ethics rules that was then accepted by the

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Eviscerating the Office of Congressional Ethics would be a blow to voters and lawmakers both.

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement this morning: Today, Congress will vote on a new rules package that includes a proposal – inserted in secret last night – to gut the independent watchdog that oversees congressional ethics. “Acting in the literal dark of night while Congress was not in session, Speaker Ryan

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Statement of Nick Penniman: “We must return government to the people”

I’ve worked in Washington for more than a decade — as magazine publisher and editor and now executive director of Issue One. I’ve seen more brilliant ideas than you can imagine in this town collect dust on shelves or disappear entirely because the political parties are too busy chasing donors rather than solving problems. There are whole issues of policy

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President-elect Trump’s inaugural committee is inviting special interests to stay in the swamp

This morning, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  Late yesterday, reporters revealed what has become a common tale in Donald Trump’s Washington: Special interests will remain firmly entrenched in the swamp. The president-elect’s inaugural committee has been soliciting packages aimed directly at corporate donors and well-funded interests. The ask is for six-

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