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Georgians kept in the dark about many ad sponsors

Co-authored by Daniel Hensel This year, residents of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District were bombarded with a seemingly never-ending cascade of political advertisements. But figuring out who was really behind this $60 million spending spree is nothing short of a Herculean task. Our disclosure laws are outdated. While the sponsors of ads must be disclosed, the names of politically active groups

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The money behind the most expensive U.S. House race in history

Update (June 21, 9am ET): Republican Karen Handel won the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, making history as the state’s first Republican congresswoman. Here are more details as to the role outside spending played in the election. UPDATED: Outside groups spent more than $27 million in #GA06, with pro-Handel forces spending about 2.5 times as much as pro-Ossoff orgs

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Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee named 2017 Rising Star of Advocacy by Roll Call

Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee has been working on government ethics-related issues in Washington for decades. Roll Call just named McGehee one of the Rising Stars of Advocacy on Capitol Hill.   The paper defines the Rising Stars as “people who now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down

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Statement of Meredith McGehee: White House Refusing to Publicly Release Visitor Logs is Unfortunate

Issue One Chief of Policy Meredith McGehee’s Response to reports of the White House refusing to publicly release its visitor logs: “What an unfortunate and ill-judged decision by the White House. From dismissing decades of tradition by declining to release his tax returns to refusing to place his assets in a blind trust, President Trump seems to be going out of

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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s silence speaks volumes

Following four days of confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, senators and the public walked away with less clarity on his views on political spending, the Citizens United decision and the role of disclosure of money in politics. Judge Gorsuch artfully and continuously dodged questions from both Republicans and Democrats on a range of issues, including basic

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Here’s how President Trump’s Speech Should Have Addressed Draining the Swamp

In his joint address to Congress last night, President Trump laid out a broad agenda, from jobs and health care, to taxes and national security, for change in Washington. However, it failed to address the real culprit behind gridlock in Washington: the undue influence moneyed interests have on decision-making by elected and appointed officials. While the executive order on ethics

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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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