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Issue One applauds the introduction of the bipartisan Lobbying Disclosure Reform Act of 2020 to increase transparency

Today, Reps. Ben Cline (R-VA) and Dean Phillips (D-MN) introduced H.R. 8022, the Lobbying Disclosure Reform Act of 2020 (LDA). This is the first substantive update of the LDA in over a decade, and helps reflect what lobbying looks like in 2020. Significantly, it was crafted and introduced in a bipartisan manner.  Since 2007, there has been a marked overall

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Stop playing politics and fund safe and secure elections

As coronavirus stimulus negotiations appear to have reached an impasse in Congress, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “House Republicans have called for additional federal funding for safe and secure elections. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt has called for additional emergency federal funding. Election officials across the country have called for additional federal funding. It’s

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Issue One joins crosspartisan coalition letter to Senate Appropriations Committee urging more transparency

Issue One has joined more than a dozen other organizations from across the political spectrum in urging senators to make appropriations mark-ups more accessible to the American people.  Implementing a livestream of video and audio of all legislative mark-ups “would guarantee undiluted press and public access to the proceedings,” states the new letter, which was sent today to Sens. Richard

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Committee on modernization unanimously approves bipartisan recommendations to fix Congress

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously approved 12 key recommendations to improve continuity of government and congressional operations. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the modernization committee continues to churn out much-needed recommendations to improve the operations of Congress. This set of  bipartisan reforms

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Remembering the lives of civil rights champions Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian

In the wake of the deaths of civil rights leaders Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian, Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman issued the following statement: “Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rev. C.T. Vivian were civil rights champions and towering leaders for social and economic justice whose lives inspired Americans for generations to fight for freedom and

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Four key numbers to know from the newest House and Senate campaign finance filings

While the spread of coronavirus has upended the lives of Americans across the country and changed the nature of campaigns, congressional candidates are still facing pressure to fill their campaign coffers — especially with Election Day roughly 15 weeks away.  This week, all candidates filed new campaign finance reports, detailing their fundraising and expenditures between April 1 and June 30,

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Statement on the House Appropriations Committee including Issue One recommendations on congressional capacity in its FY21 funding bill

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations passed the FY21 Legislative Branch funding bill, which included a number of recommendations made by the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and supported by Issue One in its testimony before the subcommittee. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “As partisan standoffs continue to

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Issue One statement on the House Democratic Caucus publicly releasing its rules

In response to the news that the House Democratic Caucus finally made their rules public after public interest groups, including Issue One, pushed for more than a year for their release, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “The House Democratic Caucus made an important commitment this week to accountability by agreeing to this reasonable request, joining

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Congress needs to reform itself in wake of coronavirus, write 110 members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus in USA Today

Today, in an open letter to Congress published in USA Today, a bipartisan group of 110 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries who are all part of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus urged current lawmakers to embrace institutional reforms in the wake of the public health and economic crises spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. “We hope that leaders in

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