Lobbying reform

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 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 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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Swamp Stories Episode 12: Shadow Lobbying

“Let me give it to you straight: Over the last decade it has become commonplace in Washington for people who lobby the government to avoid registering as lobbyists, thus preventing the public from knowing who is paying them and for what purposes.” The influence industry looms large in policymaking in Washington, DC, and the big players are lobbyists.  Because of

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Issue One urges lawmakers to strengthen, not weaken, lobbying restrictions on former Pentagon officials

Issue One on Wednesday sent a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees opposing a new Pentagon proposal to weaken post-employment lobbying restrictions on former senior Pentagon officials in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. “Allowing former senior Pentagon officials to take information they received and the relationships they developed as public

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Issue One Statement on President Trump’s Lobbying Executive Order

This statement has been updated following a review of the executive order on ethics signed by President Trump.  “At first blush, today’s executive order on ethics signed by President Trump mirrors much of what was contained in the previous order signed by President Obama. However, there are two very significant differences,” said Meredith McGehee, chief of policy, programs and strategy

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Donald Trump tries to slow Washington’s revolving door

Late Wednesday evening, President-elect Donald Trump took a small but important first step in following-through on his campaign’s pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington. The administration-in-waiting said it will bar lobbyists from serving on his transition team and will restrict members of his administration from lobbying for five years after their tenure in government. These moves address one of

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Issue One’s memo to President-Elect Trump’s administration

“Crony capitalism gives us special interest tax breaks, custom-designed regulations and special exemptions for favored parties.” So said the Republican platform adopted this past summer at the Republican convention, which called for an end to cronyism and the sweetheart deals between private interests and government. These sentiments were echoed by candidate Donald Trump throughout his run for the presidency, (“The

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Statement of Meredith McGehee: Rather than “drain the swamp,” the Washington establishment is flooding it

On Friday morning Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement with regard to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.  I’ve been successfully fighting to hold Washington accountable for the past few decades, most of it as registered lobbyist, and I know how resistant #ThisTown is to anyone rocking the boat. One thing is for

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Statement of Nick Penniman: Donald Trump rides into the White House on a wave of populism and now it is time to reform the system

Following Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential contest early Wednesday morning, Issue One Executive Director Nick Penniman released the following statement: Donald Trump rides into the White House on a wave of populism from voters residing in both the reddest red states and the long-neglected pockets of swing contests throughout the country. His campaign was fueled by voters’ burning desire

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