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Issue One Statement on Indictment of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)

Following the indictment of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “The fact of the matter is that the prosecution of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) spotlights the larger issue facing the House: Members of Congress should not be serving on boards of companies while they are in public office, regardless of whether they

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Issue One Statement on National Security Council Meeting on Election Security

As President Trump and the White House prepare to convene the National Security Council to discuss election security, Issue One CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement: “Election security should include efforts to increase transparency in our political system. The Honest Ads Act, which would do just that for online political advertising, is waiting for more leadership and attention. We

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Reps. Mia Love (R-UT) and Michael Capuano (D-MA) sponsor Honest Ads Act

Today, Reps. Mia Love (R-UT) and Michael Capuano (D-MA) 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 bill to 24. “Bipartisan momentum continues to grow behind solutions to safeguard our political system from foreign interference,” said Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee. “This legislation

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Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) sponsor Honest Ads Act

Today, New York Representatives Elise Stefanik (R) and Kathleen Rice (D) 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 bill to 22. “The Republicans and Democrats who continue to work together on constitutional, bipartisan solutions to protect our elections and democracy from foreign attacks

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All Expenses Paid – How Leadership PACs Became Politicians’ Preferred Ticket to Luxury Living

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: William Gray, Issue One, wgray@issueone.org, (202) 204-8553 Corey Goldstone, Campaign Legal Center, media@campaignlegalcenter.org, (202) 856-7912 All Expenses Paid: How Leadership PACs Became Politicians’ Preferred Ticket to Luxury Living Politicians use leadership PACs to stay at five-star resorts, pay for golf memberships and spend big at Disney properties A new report released today by Issue One and

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Issue One Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

In light of President Trump nominating Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “In the wake of the wrongly-decided cases in Citizens United and SpeechNow v. FEC, Americans live in a political world where the law condones unlimited spending in campaigns, where money and speech are not

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Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus Surpasses 200 Member Milestone

Today, Issue One is proud to announce that its first-of-a-kind ReFormers Caucus — the country’s largest coalition of former members of Congress, governors and Cabinet officials ever assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy — has recruited more than 200 Republican and Democratic former elected officials to its cause. The latest five members added to the RFC include

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IRS revokes dark money group Americans for Job Security’s tax exempt status

This week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it revoked the dark money group Americans for Job Security’s tax exempt status. The announcement followed a complaint from Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) against the organization. Americans for Job Security was a tax-exempt “business league” that spent tens of millions of dollars influencing elections while keeping its donors secret, but

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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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