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President Trump closed a door and opened a tollbooth

In response to Trump administration advisers launching the political nonprofit group America First Policies to support President Trump’s policies, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “Here’s the problem: It’s a sitting president. He’s in the business of raising money for an outside entity, and it creates a very stark opportunity for access and influence

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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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Blue-collar voters launch hand grenade into Washington

This op-ed by ReFormers Caucus members Rep. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) originally appeared in The Hill.  The so-called blue Midwest firewall crumbled. The heartland launched a hand grenade into Washington, D.C. Donald Trump won the presidential election by winning traditionally blue-collar workers in Democratic Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. After years of gridlock on Capitol Hill, Republicans now

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Meredith McGehee named top grassroots lobbyist by The Hill

Today, The Hill named Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee a top grassroots lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for the tenth year. In her statement below, Meredith explains why she joined Issue One to lead its fight for robust ethics and political reform regulations. Folk wisdom in Washington is that, after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision,

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It’s time for Congress to update its own ethics laws

In a recent interview with Capitol Bells, Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee made the case that recent accusations and cases of conflicts of interest on Capitol Hill should lead the 115th Congress to update its existing ethics laws. — Meredith McGehee implores Congress to Update its Own Ethics Laws I’m Meredith McGehee, Chief of Policy, Programs,

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Both presidential candidates failed during Monday night’s debate

Following Monday evening’s presidential debate, Issue One Executive Director Nick Penniman issued the following statement:  “Both candidates failed tonight to lead on a critical issue that the American people want to hear more about — reducing the power money has over our politics and government. In a recent national poll, Americans across all demographics said this is a top five concern. They deserve to

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Does Hillary Clinton really want to be president?

Issue One Advisory Board member and former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush asked Hillary Clinton the only question that matters in the discussion about the Clinton Foundation: Do you really want to be president? In his New York Times column, Richard Painter reminds leaders, advocates and everyday Americans alike that he has encountered ethical situations similar to

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ReFormer Tom Petri on Citizens United, dialing for dollars and congressional gridlock

Rep. Tom Petri, a former Republican Congressman from Wisconsin, recently took listener calls on Wisconsin Public Radio. He is a member of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus, the largest group of bipartisan former lawmakers ever assembled on behalf of money in politics reform. Rep. Petri is one of 50 Republicans in the Caucus who believe reducing the influence of money in

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