Accountability

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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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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Issue One announces “Returning Government to the American People” framework for reform

On Wednesday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m. at the National Press Club, Issue One and our ReFormers Caucus will publicly roll out a new bipartisan framework titled “Returning Government to the American People.” (See event details below.) The framework lays out specific proposals for returning our government to the representative path the founders envisioned, and is intended to serve as

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Trump administration should shoulder the burden of developing new ethical standards

This letter to the editor originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It is in response to an earlier editorial about Donald Trump’s business interests. The Journal is right to chastise Washington for its ethics double standard when it comes to the treatment of business folks versus public-interest lawyers (“The Trump Family Political Business,” Review & Outlook, Nov. 18). It is critical to

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Reps. Kilmer and Hanna Introduce Bill to Prevent Foreign Money and Restore Integrity to Elections

Our democracy is facing a threat from 501(c) organizations that receive foreign donations and redirect them to political campaigns. Fortunately, Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) just introduced the Election Protection & Integrity Certification Act, or the EPIC Act. The bipartisan bill establishes common-sense disclosure requirements to safeguard against the influence of foreign money in our elections. While

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Time to Fix the FEC, the Most Broken Agency in Washington

Among the many solutions that could be enacted today without a constitutional amendment, perhaps one of the most important is an overhaul of the notoriously dysfunctional Federal Election Commission. Charged with enforcing existing campaign finance rules, this agency is so gridlocked by partisan politics that commissioners not only have failed to prevent super PACs and other outside spenders from dominating

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Standing Room Only at Brookings Event on Solutions to Citizens United

On the sixth anniversary of the disastrous Citizens United decision, it’s clearer now more than ever that momentum is on the side of reformers. That was the conclusion of Thursday’s Solutions Summit at the Brookings Institution, where an exciting and diverse group gathered to discuss the crisis in our democracy and how to reduce money’s influence on our politics. Participants

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Lobbyists will be sad about new rules passed in states

State legislatures are often more appealing for lobbyists looking to move pet policy projects, particularly as Washington continues to remain gridlocked and broken. That’s why, as the Washington Post reports today, “a number of legislatures are putting in place new rules on lobbying state officials.” Most of the new regulations aim to force greater disclosure and define what a lobbyist

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