Jurisprudence & SCOTUS

Supreme Court’s decision in “faithless electors” cases is a relief

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in the wake of the news that the U.S. Supreme Court today unanimously affirmed that states can bind the votes of their Electoral College electors: “At a time when faith in government institutions is already dangerously low, it is a relief that the Supreme Court has affirmed that states can

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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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By overturning Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction, the courts undermine public trust

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in response to news that former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 conviction was overturned: “It has been clear that the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA) is in desperate need of revision. “There is a growing disconnect between ongoing jurisprudence dating back

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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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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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Using the Courts to Protect Campaign Finance Laws

This is the fifth installment of our blog series on Blueprints for Democracy, a new collection of solutions policymakers can implement to give everyone a greater say in their democracy. Read the full series here. There is perhaps no single element of the campaign finance superstructure more derided than the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Rightly or not, many

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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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