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Here’s why modernizing the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) should be on top of the congressional to-do list

In the aftermath of the Watergate scandal involving President Richard Nixon, Congress established the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in 1978 to provide oversight of the executive branch and prevent — and resolve — conflicts of interest. The agency was eventually made independent in 1989 and currently oversees ethics standards for 2.7 million civilian employees in more than 130 executive agencies and the

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Three Conservatives Join the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is excited to welcome former Representatives Lee Terry (R-NE), Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) and Dan Lungren (R-CA) to the ReFormers Caucus — a group comprised of nearly 180 former members of Congress, governors, ambassadors and cabinet secretaries from both parties assembled on behalf of government ethics and political reform. Representative Lee Terry served Nebraska’s 2nd District — one of

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Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee named 2017 Rising Star of Advocacy by Roll Call

Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee has been working on government ethics-related issues in Washington for decades. Roll Call just named McGehee one of the Rising Stars of Advocacy on Capitol Hill.   The paper defines the Rising Stars as “people who now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down

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Statement of Meredith McGehee: White House Refusing to Publicly Release Visitor Logs is Unfortunate

Issue One Chief of Policy Meredith McGehee’s Response to reports of the White House refusing to publicly release its visitor logs: “What an unfortunate and ill-judged decision by the White House. From dismissing decades of tradition by declining to release his tax returns to refusing to place his assets in a blind trust, President Trump seems to be going out of

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Secretaries Tom Ridge, Dan Glickman and Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey join Issue One’s Board of Directors

Issue One is pleased to welcome three prominent new members to its Board of Directors: Sec. Tom Ridge, Sec. Dan Glickman and Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey. “Secretary Tom Ridge, Secretary Dan Glickman and Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey are exactly the kind of principled leaders we need more of in our government today and we could not be happier that they

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Bipartisan FEC overhaul bill introduced by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Jim Renacci (R-OH)

Today, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Jim Renacci (R-OH) re-introduced their bipartisan bill to overhaul the gridlocked Federal Election Commission (FEC) and begin enforcing the nation’s election laws again. Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV), Lou Barletta (R-PA), Ken Buck (R-CO), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Walter Jones (R-NC), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Scott Peters (D-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and John Sarbanes (D-MD) joined

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Issue One Recruits Six Strong Conservatives to Push Congress on Ethics and Political Reform

While Congress remains deeply divided by partisan party politics, Issue One continues to bring together both parties around common-sense solutions to fix our broken political system. A new wave of six Republican lawmakers just joined our ReFormers Caucus. They include: Florida Rep. David Jolly introduced the Stop Act in the 114th Congress to curb lawmakers’ fundraising activities, and spoke candidly

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Statement of Meredith McGehee on Rep. Nunes (R-CA): This is why the Office of Congressional Ethics was created

Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement in response to questions about whether House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) violated House ethics rules when he allegedly revealed classified information to the public and to President Donald Trump. “Published reports have raised legitimate questions as to whether Chairman Nunes’ recent actions comport

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Issue One’s Letter to the House Ethics Committee on its first public meeting

Issue One sent a letter to House Ethics Committee Chairwoman Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Ranking Member Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) calling on the committee to review current ethics rules and announce the schedule for open hearings related to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).  The Ethics Committee’s first public meeting of the 115th Congress on Wednesday, March 22, lasted

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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s silence speaks volumes

Following four days of confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, senators and the public walked away with less clarity on his views on political spending, the Citizens United decision and the role of disclosure of money in politics. Judge Gorsuch artfully and continuously dodged questions from both Republicans and Democrats on a range of issues, including basic

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