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Issue One praises new bipartisan proposal to bring transparency to foreign-backed social media content

Today, Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced H.R. 8464, the bipartisan Foreign Agent Disclaimer Enhancement (FADE) Act. The bill would require political social media content to include disclaimers if it’s produced or transmitted by foreign adversaries or their agents. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “Year after year, national security experts

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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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IRS rules change allowing groups to keep donors’ names hidden is both disappointing and troubling

In the wake of the news that the Treasury Department and IRS this week implemented a rules change that allows many 501(c) organizations — including politically active dark money groups organized under Secs. 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) of the tax code — to keep their donors secret, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “It is both disappointing

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Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) sponsor Honest Ads Act

Today, New York Representatives Elise Stefanik (R) and Kathleen Rice (D) 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 bill to 22. “The Republicans and Democrats who continue to work together on constitutional, bipartisan solutions to protect our elections and democracy from foreign attacks

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Broad coalition urges Minibus conferees to support provision to increase political transparency and save taxpayers money

Issue One was joined today by 22 other organizations from across the ideological spectrum in urging all members of the Minibus Appropriations Conference Committee to support a provision in the FY19 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that would require Senate candidates to join all other federal candidates in electronically filing their campaign finance reports. This provision — based on stand-alone, bipartisan

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How long does it take to access Senate campaign finance reports? The answer might surprise you.

All federal candidates were required to file their second-quarter campaign finance reports on Sunday, but how quickly the public can access the information in these documents depends on what kind of candidate you are. For most federal candidates, like those running for the House or presidency, filing is a straightforward activity — and documents are available instantaneously online. For Senate

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Provision to create e-file system for U.S. Senate candidates passes as part of Senate’s FY19 Legislative Branch appropriations bill

A long-overdue, bipartisan reform measure that would save taxpayers roughly $900,000 a year while increasing political transparency and accountability is one step closer to becoming law. A provision that would require U.S. Senate candidates to join all other federal candidates in electronically filing their campaign finance reports was included in the minibus appropriations bill overwhelmingly passed by the Senate on

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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 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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