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 FEC must move quickly — and with the American people in mind — on overdue online ad disclosure

Today, in a welcome (if overdue) move, the perpetually gridlocked Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously voted to draft rules for online political ad disclosure. Issue One recently urged the FEC to take such action, noting that it’s “[a]t a time when malicious foreign actors are intent on hijacking the avenues Americans use to communicate, organize and debate with each other,

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How corporations are still playing politics more than a century after President Theodore Roosevelt and the Tillman Act

Today marks the day that Theodore Roosevelt would have turned 159 years old. If he were still alive, the Republican from New York who served as our 26th president would likely be dismayed at the role corporations are playing in elections today. 110 years ago, in 1907, Roosevelt signed into law an anti-corruption measure known as the Tillman Act. This

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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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Reps. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Julia Brownley (D-CA) sponsor bill to overhaul the Federal Election Commission (FEC)

Today, Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry and California Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley joined in sponsoring bipartisan, bicameral legislation to overhaul the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Both Republicans and Democrats continue to express concern on Capitol Hill about whether the FEC — the nation’s election watchdog — is

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Watchdogs File FCC Complaints Regarding Lack of Disclosure in Most Expensive House Race in History

MEDIA CONTACTS: William Gray, Issue One, wgray@issueone.org; O: 202-204-8553 Corey Goldstone, Campaign Legal Center, cgoldstone@campaignlegalcenter.org, O: 202-856-7912 *** Today, Issue One and Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed six complaints with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against two Atlanta-based television stations in the aftermath of the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, which was the most expensive U.S. House election

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How to tell the difference between super PACs and dark money groups

America First Policies, the nonprofit run by former Trump staffers and dedicated to supporting the president’s policies, has attracted a lot of news coverage over the past few weeks, between its avid participation in the Georgia special election and its ads targeting Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) for not supporting the Senate health care bill. But even veteran reporters have been

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Bipartisan Bills Bring Senate Disclosure into 21st Century

Late last week, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced two campaign finance-related bills: the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (e-file bill) and the Sunlight for Unaccountable Non-profits (SUN) Act. Both were also introduced previously in the 114th Congress. The bipartisan, widely popular e-file bill saves money by requiring U.S. Senate candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically, rather than on

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House Passes Bill Requiring Transparency from Presidential Library Donors

This week, the House passed the bipartisan Presidential Library Donation Reform Act, sponsored by Tennessee Republican John Duncan and co-sponsored by Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings. Under current law, presidential libraries are built with private funds that can be raised in any amount, from any source, including foreign governments or corporations. This has lead to claims of conflict of interest. For

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Washington are you listening? Bipartisan reform framework aims to end business-as-usual in Congress

Today, Issue One and the ReFormers Caucus launched an ambitious policy framework that aims to kickstart a bipartisan conversation in Washington about how to “drain the swamp,” get Congress back to working for the American people and make government more accountable and transparent. Our framework, titled “Returning Government to the American People,” is the result of months of deliberation with

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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.