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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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Fourteen Republicans and Democrats call on Trump to fill vacant Federal Election Commission seats

On Wednesday, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Ken Buck (R-CO) and 12 other lawmakers of both parties are calling on President Donald Trump to immediately recommend nominees to fill vacancies on the Federal Election Commission (FEC). “President Trump has an opportunity to practice what he preached during his campaign — to be the outsider who doesn’t continue this inside-the-beltway game-playing

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The Ethics Blind Spot: How the House and Senate ethics committees fail to foster a culture of high ethical standards in Congress

A new report from Issue One called “The Ethics Blind Spot” details how in at least 175 public and confidential ethics investigations over the past decade, the House Ethics Committee has compiled a record that fails to foster a culture of high ethical standards in Congress. The Committee’s tepid interpretations of ethics rules and timid approach to enforcement undermines public

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The U.S. still isn’t addressing foreign interference in our politics

Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus joined the Alexander Hamilton Society chapter at George Washington University Wednesday evening for an event in our “Democracy = National Security” series to draw connections between congressional dysfunction, foreign policy and future opportunities in Washington for political reform that would strengthen the country’s national security. The panelists included Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chair and former Ambassador

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Issue One on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: It’s time to end the two party blame game

Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus Co-chair Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning to address the need for Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill to end the win-at-all-costs political culture that resulted in the government shutdown and instead focus on solutions to fix the broken political system.  “From the middle of America, this looks like the two-party

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BREAKING: House leadership hides behind shutdown to undermine the Office of Congressional Ethics

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in response to legislative language in section 407 on the second-to-last page of the much-needed reform package — the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA Reform Act), introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA). “While the country is distracted by the potential government shutdown,

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The numbers behind why the Senate Ethics Committee is a black hole

A recent slew of high-profile cases has brought the U.S. Select Committee on Senate Ethics into the national spotlight. Increased media attention and public scrutiny stemming from cases like Senator Al Franken’s (D-Minn) alleged sexual misconduct against seven women — and the potential for jurisdictional tug-of-war if Republican candidate Roy Moore wins in the Alabama contest — has led to

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Nineteen House lawmakers launch first-of-its-kind bipartisan congressional caucus focused on ethics and political reform

Today, 19 bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives launched the Congressional Reformers Caucus, the first organization of its kind on Capitol Hill to focus exclusively on discussing political reform ideas and legislation. Co-chaired by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), the Caucus aims to address ethics and accountability issues in Congress, as well as the

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More than half of all senators support commonsense bill to save taxpayers money and increase transparency

A bipartisan proposal to save taxpayers money and increase political transparency has passed a new milestone. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) has become the 51st sitting senator to sponsor the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (S. 298), legislation that would require senators and Senate candidates to electronically file their campaign finance reports, something that House candidates and presidential candidates have been

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Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and John Sarbanes (D-MD) sponsor Honest Ads Act

Update, January 8, 2018: Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and David Young (R-IA) both cosponsored the Honest Ads Act. This brings the total number of sponsors of the bill to 16.  Today, New Jersey Republican Rep. Leonard Lance and Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes joined in sponsoring the bipartisan, bicameral legislation to begin protecting U.S. politics from foreign interference. This brings the

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