Author Archive for: wgray

With the release of Russian Facebook ads, the debate is over: Congress must pass the Honest Ads Act

In response to the release of thousands of Russian Facebook ads to the American public, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “If online ad disclosure requirements had been law, we would have already seen these ads in near real-time and that some were paid for in rubles. And law enforcement officials would have seen they were

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Senator Menendez (D-NJ) deserves to be censured

In light of the Senate Ethics Committee severely admonishing Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for ethics violations, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “It is a refreshing change of pace to see a rare show of public action from the Senate Ethics Committee, which often feels more like a black hole where allegations go to die. And

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White House OMB Director pulls back curtain on the worst of Washington

Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chair Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) issued the following statement in response to White House Office of Management and Budget Director and former member of Congress Mick Mulvaney’s admission that campaign contributions were a requirement for meetings with his congressional office.  “Sadly, we have yet another candid example of the wretched pay-to-play system in Washington, DC. Director Mulvaney advised

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Momentum is gaining for the Honest Ads Act

Today, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Ryan Costello and Florida Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist joined in sponsoring the bipartisan, bicameral legislation to begin protecting U.S. politics from foreign interference. This brings the total number of sponsors of the Honest Ads Act in the House to 18, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. The Honest Ads Act (H.R. 4077) list of current sponsors includes:

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New research study illuminates need for closing digital loopholes that allow foreign interference in U.S. elections

Note: This blog post was corrected to reflect an update in the number of suspicious groups in the underlying study.* Today, Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Young Mie Kim and her team, Project DATA (Digital Ad Tracking & Analysis), published the results of the first peer-reviewed survey of Facebook political ads

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More than three years after the fact, House Ethics Committee punishes two Democrats who violated House rules

The House Ethics Committee this week publicly reproved two Illinois Democratic members of Congress—one for violating House rules and one for violating federal law. Each case was under review by the Ethics Committee for more than three years—longer than one full election cycle. Each case was referred by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), which found reason to believe

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The rebirth of democracy in Philadelphia

Click here for more photos from “Renewing the Founders’ Promise.”  Last Thursday evening in Philadelphia, nearly 200 former members of Congress, governors and Cabinet secretaries, along with hundreds of enthusiastic Americans, rededicated themselves to restoring principles and values America was founded on. The declaration to renew the Founders’ promise was unveiled during a sold-out, robust discussion in partnership with the

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Issue One launches national campaign to “Fix Politics Now” in the 2018 election cycle

Nearly 200 Republican and Democratic former members of Congress, governors and Cabinet secretaries call on elected officials to join movement fixing the broken political system Philadelphia, PA — Issue One, the premier bipartisan political reform organization in Washington, D.C., today launched its national campaign to “Fix Politics Now” and make solutions to dysfunction in Washington a top issue in the

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Congress must immediately hold hearings on the Honest Ads Act

In light of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announcing indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for committing federal crimes as they interfered in U.S. elections and political processes, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “Today’s indictments show the urgency for Congress to hold hearings on the Honest Ads Act as soon as possible. The United

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Congress Must Act on Honest Ads

Just as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) recently wrote about the need for Congress to act on shady dark money campaigns, ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) take his comments one step forward: Congress must also act on foreign disinformation campaigns by passing the Honest Ads Act.

Read Amb. Roemer and Rep. Wamp’s new op-ed.