Money in politics

5 key numbers to know from the latest House and Senate campaign finance filings

Just halfway through 2021, fundraising efforts for the 2022 congressional elections are already in full swing.  All House and Senate candidates filed new campaign finance reports last week detailing their fundraising and expenditures between April 1 and June 30, 2021. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $1.2 million The

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Issue One responds to troubling Supreme Court decisions that undermine campaign finance laws and further weaken the Voting Rights Act

Today, the Supreme Court issued two troubling decisions. One makes it harder to stop discriminatory voting laws and the other could set the stage to undermine basic tenets of long-standing campaign finance laws. By a 6-3 vote along ideological lines, the Court held that California’s law requiring all tax-exempt groups to disclose to the state (but not publicly) the names

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Issue One urges FEC to adjust rules to help candidates of modest means run for office

In a new letter to Federal Election Commission Chair Shana Broussard, Issue One expressed support for amending agency regulations to help candidates of modest means run for federal office.  Issue One specifically endorsed allowing candidates that had little or no income in the previous year to become eligible to collect a “reasonable salary” out of their campaign accounts. Issue One

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Swamp Stories Episode 29: The Power of Megadonors

Since Citizens United, just 12 megadonors, six Democrats and six Republicans, contributed a combined $3.4 billion to federal candidates and political groups — accounting for about $1 of every $13 in federal elections. There’s no denying it: big money plays a massive role in American politics. In episode 29, Weston is joined by an expert in the campaign finance

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Swamp Stories Episode 28: Conversations: Former Rep. Donna Edwards

In the latest episode of our Swamp Stories podcast, Weston chats with former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) about what it was like being a member of Congress, how she would fix our broken political system, and the RV trip that she took across America alone after the 2016 election to better understand the rise of Donald Trump.  Episode 28 of

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IO in the news: May 2021 recap

May was a remarkably busy month for Issue One. Last month, we quickly ramped up our efforts calling for an independent and bipartisan January 6th Commission. All told, we secured 63 press hits — an Issue One May record  — including 12 television segments across networks including MSNBC and CNN, and three op-eds in The Hill, Omaha World-Herald, and the

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Swamp Stories episode 27: Fixing the FEC

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created to play the critical role of enforcing our federal campaign finance laws and preventing political corruption or the appearance of corruption. Its job is to investigate complaints and issue rulings or referrals about violations, and create new rules as needed. Yet, since its creation, the agency has been largely dysfunctional and gridlocked —

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Issue One and Campaign Legal Center urge FEC to formally clarify that leadership PAC funds cannot be used for personal use

Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center today sent a letter to FEC Commissioner Sean Cooksey urging him to work with his fellow FEC commissioners to begin a rulemaking to formally clarify that leadership PAC funds cannot be used by members of Congress for their personal use.  The letter comes in the wake of Cooksey incorrectly stating that the current

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Issue One condemns FEC’s inaction on cases of alleged illegal coordination between 2016 presidential candidates and supportive outside groups

In the wake of the news that the statute of limitations has run out on two cases of alleged illegal coordination with big-money outside groups in the 2016 presidential race that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) had been investigating, Issue One issued the following statement: “It’s shameful that the FEC was missing in action for 15 months during the 2020

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