Congress

The days of congressional harassers leaving taxpayers to foot the bill are numbered

In response to the House Ethics Committee’s statement today on the personal accountability of members of Congress that leave office after having paid harassment settlements with taxpayer money, as well as reform of the Congressional Accountability Act, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following comments: “Any time the House Ethics Committee chooses to enforce the ethics rules and

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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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Bipartisan Senate bill to save taxpayers money and increase transparency reaches new record level of support

A bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate that would save taxpayers nearly $900,000 a year and increase political transparency has won over more sponsors than any other time since it was first introduced in 2003. With Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), John McCain (R-AZ) and Tina Smith (D-MN) recently joining as official cosponsors, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (S. 298)

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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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Here’s what the Honest Ads Act would and would not do

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill today and Wednesday about the company’s failures to combat foreign influence and protect user data during the 2016 elections, the bipartisan, bicameral Honest Ads Act has had a prominent place in the conversation. The act—which Issue One helped craft—is the best first step to combat the problem of hidden foreign disinformation

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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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10 numbers to know about the money in the #PA18 special election

Significant amounts of campaign cash are flowing into southwestern Pennsylvania ahead of Tuesday’s special election in what has become a hotly contested race in the state’s 18th Congressional District. The race pits Democrat Conor Lamb against Republican Rick Saccone — although outside groups have been doing most of the spending in the district that President Donald Trump carried by 20

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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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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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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.