Congress

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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Total cost of Alabama’s special Senate contest to exceed $40 million

Update, Dec. 11, 2017: This post has been updated to include campaign finance filings filed with the FEC through Dec. 10. A special U.S. Senate election in deep-red Alabama — where President Donald Trump prevailed over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 by nearly 30 percentage points — has become unexpectedly close, earning tens of millions of dollars in spending, as well

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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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The Senate ‘ethics’ committee is a black hole where allegations die

This op-ed by Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee originally appeared in The Hill. In the face of several highly charged allegations of sexual harassment, the Senate is turning to its ethics committee for political cover. It is an open secret in Washington that this committee is an “ethics committee” in name only. In the face of numerous allegations of sexual

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Issue One statement on mistrial in corruption case of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

In response to the New Jersey jury’s inability to arrive at a verdict on the charges of corruption facing New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Today’s lack of a verdict is disappointing but not surprising given how the U.S. Supreme Court has gutted key anti-corruption laws

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Self-regulation is no substitution for congressional action on paid political ads

Just days after the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Honest Ads Act and the call for tech giants to testify before Congress, Twitter recently announced a new transparency policy about its advertising program. It’s a clear case of the tech industry scrambling to do damage control as it faces more congressional scrutiny. This move toward self-regulation is no substitution for legislation

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The Honest Ads Act would safeguard U.S. politics from foreign interference

Today, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John McCain (R-AZ) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the bipartisan “Honest Ads Act” to combat interference by foreign entities in U.S. politics. The bill would ensure that paid political advertising appearing on large online platforms would be subject to similar disclosure standards that are currently applied to paid political ads on television and radio. A

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