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Trey Trainor is the wrong choice for the FEC

Today, in the first week that the Senate is back in session, the Senate Rules Committee will consider the nomination of Trey Trainor to the Federal Election Commission, likely clearing the way for a full Senate vote.  In response to the news, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “The FEC has gone far too long without

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Issue One statement: Corrupt insider trading in Congress undermines public trust

In response to the news that multiple U.S. senators sold stock after receiving classified briefings on the COVID-19 pandemic, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “This is outrageous, and it’s a violation of the public’s trust. The reason elected officials get classified information is to make better decisions for the health and welfare of the public,

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Issue One Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

In light of President Trump nominating Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “In the wake of the wrongly-decided cases in Citizens United and SpeechNow v. FEC, Americans live in a political world where the law condones unlimited spending in campaigns, where money and speech are not

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Scott Pruitt’s ethical lapses finally catch up to him

In response to the news that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned today after a months-long series of ethical scandals, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “Scott Pruitt was a walking conflict of interest. It’s good he finally decided to walk out the door.  This is just the latest in a long line of ethical scandals from this administration. President Trump should look closely

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Senator Menendez (D-NJ) deserves to be censured

In light of the Senate Ethics Committee severely admonishing Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for ethics violations, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “It is a refreshing change of pace to see a rare show of public action from the Senate Ethics Committee, which often feels more like a black hole where allegations go to die. And

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Issue One on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: It’s time to end the two party blame game

Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus Co-chair Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning to address the need for Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill to end the win-at-all-costs political culture that resulted in the government shutdown and instead focus on solutions to fix the broken political system.  “From the middle of America, this looks like the two-party

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Total cost of Alabama’s special Senate contest to exceed $40 million

Update, Dec. 11, 2017: This post has been updated to include campaign finance filings filed with the FEC through Dec. 10. A special U.S. Senate election in deep-red Alabama — where President Donald Trump prevailed over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 by nearly 30 percentage points — has become unexpectedly close, earning tens of millions of dollars in spending, as well

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Issue One statement on mistrial in corruption case of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

In response to the New Jersey jury’s inability to arrive at a verdict on the charges of corruption facing New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Today’s lack of a verdict is disappointing but not surprising given how the U.S. Supreme Court has gutted key anti-corruption laws

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Self-regulation is no substitution for congressional action on paid political ads

Just days after the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Honest Ads Act and the call for tech giants to testify before Congress, Twitter recently announced a new transparency policy about its advertising program. It’s a clear case of the tech industry scrambling to do damage control as it faces more congressional scrutiny. This move toward self-regulation is no substitution for legislation

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Congress needs to act immediately to provide states with the emergency federal funding they need to run safe, secure and credible elections in November. The previous federal funding was an important down payment, but reports from state and local election officials indicate substantially more federal emergency assistance is needed as soon as possible. Issue One and many others are working to convince Senators to vote in July for more funding so that our November elections are safe, secure, and fair.