Money in politics

Scores of lawmakers’ leadership PACs spent vast sums on luxurious dining, lodging, and travel, new Issue One and Campaign Legal Center report shows

New research from Issue One and Campaign Legal Center shows that scores of lawmakers are not using the bulk of the money they raise in their leadership PACs to assist other candidates, political groups, or their parties — the intended purpose of leadership PACs when they were approved by the Federal Election Commission more than 40 years ago. While most

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New video from Issue One highlights the alarming, outsized influence of ultra-wealthy donors

Issue One published a new video today to highlight the alarming, outsized influence that a handful of ultra-wealthy donors have in the post-Citizens United era. The video raises awareness of the need for reforms that help make our political system more responsive to the needs of all Americans, and comes at a time when debate in Washington about sweeping

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“We cannot afford to squander this opportunity to replenish our system,” Issue One applauds introduction of the Freedom to Vote Act that will reform and strengthen our democracy

Issue One has long fought to fix our broken political system and build a more inclusive democracy by bringing Republicans, Democrats, and independents together to enact sweeping bipartisan reforms.  Since 2002, Congress has failed to pass bipartisan legislation that strengthens our democracy and reforms our nation’s campaign finance system. In the years since, our nation’s leaders have allowed our institutions

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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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