Jurisprudence

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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McDonnell v. United States Coverage Round-Up

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided McDonnell v. United States, an important corruption case involving the former Governor of Virginia. It’s easy to get lost in the news coverage, so here’s Issue One’s guide to what’s worth reading: Our coverage of the case is two-fold. We wrote an explainer of the case, updated yesterday with the decision. We also issued a statement

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Supreme Court overturns former Virginia Governor McDonnell’s corruption conviction

By limiting the type of conduct subject to court trial to a range of “official acts” that only captures the clearest examples of corrupt politics, the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnell v. United States opens the door to a cascade of questionable deals between elected officials and special interests. While a functioning democracy must involve communication between constituents and their

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Former Democratic Chief Fundraiser: “Millennials, not Money!”

Issue One advisory board member Alan Solomont is out with an op-ed in Roll Call with a simple call to action: to get millennial participation in politics up, we’ve got to reduce the influence of money in politics. The op-ed marks the second anniversary of a little-known Supreme Court case called McCutcheon vs. FEC, which eliminated caps on the total amount

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DC Court Upholds Pay-to-Play Ban

Some great news came out of the courts Tuesday, as the DC Court of Appeals upheld a law barring federal contractors from making contributions in federal elections. The ban, which has been in place since 1940, is designed to prevent a pay-to-play system by which companies can only receive contracts by donating to elected officials. Issue One supports these bans,

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