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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 comments on the Office of Government Ethics’ (OGE) 2018 Strategic Plan

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has released public stakeholder comments to the agency’s 2018 Strategic Plan. Issue One submitted feedback supporting OGE’s vital role in the health of our democratic system.  The released public comments can be found on OGE’s Electronic Reading Room. Issue One’s comments from Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee are below: Dear Ms.

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Issue One raises concerns about Democratic Party’s new mega joint fundraising committee

Meredith McGehee, chief of policy, programs and strategy at Issue One, is challenging the creation of a new political fundraising group established this week by the Democratic Party. On Thursday, Politico reported the formation of a new mega joint fundraising committee called the Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund. This joint fundraising committee will solicit contributions to benefit the Democratic National Committee,

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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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Issue One Statement on OCE report regarding Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement in light of a newly-released Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) report regarding Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY): “The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) found that Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) violated insider trading laws and House rules by taking ‘official acts’ on behalf of the pharmaceutical company, Innate

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Issue One Statement on President Trump’s nomination of Trey Trainor to the Federal Election Commission

In response to President Trump nominating Trey Trainor to be a commissioner of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: This nomination has White House Counsel Don McGahn’s fingerprints all over it. Issue One calls on the U.S. Senate to publicly and fully vet the nomination of Texas

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Political Facebook ads show that U.S. election laws have trouble keeping up with digital advertising platforms

In light of recent reports that Facebook told congressional investigators they sold political ads to Russian-tied sources during the 2016 election, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Because the Facebook ads are not public, it is currently impossible to determine if the Russian-tied entity, the Internet Research Agency, threaded the needle described

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Behind the Price of Power: Q&A with former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL)

To help inform Issue One’s landmark report, “The Price of Power,” we interviewed several members of our bipartisan ReFormers Caucus at-length about their experiences with fundraising and concerns with the “committee tax” imposed on lawmakers. Every Tuesday and Thursday over the next few weeks, we will release edited excerpts of those conversations with these former lawmakers to supplement and expand

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The misguided plan to revive the “K Street Project”

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in response to news that National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) is seeking to revive a version of the misguided K Street Project, made famous by former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay. “Reviving the ‘K Street Project’ is the most misguided priority

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