Ethics & accountability

Issue One thanks former OCE chairman David Skaggs for his years of leadership as a vital and independent voice holding members of Congress accountable

Following the resignation of Chairman David Skaggs from the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “When the U.S. House of Representatives established the OCE in 2008, its purpose was to restore public confidence in a congressional ethics process that was in shambles. There was a desperate need for

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Issue One endorses bipartisan legislation to protect IG integrity and independence

Issue One is proud to endorse the Securing Inspector General Independence Act of 2021 (S. 587), introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Gary Peters (D-MI). The bill ensures that the president or certain agency heads may not remove an inspector general (IG) without “substantive rationale, including detailed and case-specific reasons.” It also would require the president to give Congress

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Issue One joins more than 40 organizations calling on Biden Administration to prioritize transparency

Issue One today joined more than 40 organizations calling for the Biden administration to prioritize and increase transparency and openness, asserting that “disclosure, candor, and accessibility should be the default operating mode of our government.” “Transparency is foundational to a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The right to know what our government is up to

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Issue One praises anticipated new ethics order from President Biden, criticizes Trump for rescinding his ethics order on way out of White House

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement today in response to President Joe Biden’s anticipated executive order aimed at enhancing government ethics and lobbying rules: “President Joe Biden has made his priorities clear. As one of his first official acts, he will issue an executive order to strengthen federal executive branch ethics rules. This order is desperately

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Issue One joins 70 groups in urging Congress to impeach President Trump, praises corporations’ decisions to withhold campaign contributions

Issue One today joined with 70 other organizations in calling for the U.S. House of Representatives to act immediately to impeach President Trump for his role in inciting last week’s violent attack on the Capitol. “President Trump must be removed from office immediately and prevented from ever serving in public office again. Our organizations strongly urge you to begin this

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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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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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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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Swamp Stories Episode 13: Hidden Trillions

“So if a normal year of government spending justifies a multi-billion dollar lobbying industry, you can just imagine what happened when the CARES Act came into focus. It was a lobbyist’s dream buffet.” In March, lawmakers passed the CARES Act to assist with the crippling effects of COVID-19 on America’s economy. While this massive government stimulus package was an important

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Issue One praises senators’ decision not to weaken lobbying restrictions on former Pentagon officials

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement today after the Senate rejected the Pentagon’s proposal to weaken current lobbying restrictions on former Pentagon officials. The decision followed weeks of pressure from political reform organizations, including Issue One, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), and others. “The Senate’s move to reject efforts to weaken current lobbying restrictions on

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