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Eviscerating the Office of Congressional Ethics would be a blow to voters and lawmakers both.

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement this morning: Today, Congress will vote on a new rules package that includes a proposal – inserted in secret last night – to gut the independent watchdog that oversees congressional ethics. “Acting in the literal dark of night while Congress was not in session, Speaker Ryan

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Issue One announces “Returning Government to the American People” framework for reform

On Wednesday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m. at the National Press Club, Issue One and our ReFormers Caucus will publicly roll out a new bipartisan framework titled “Returning Government to the American People.” (See event details below.) The framework lays out specific proposals for returning our government to the representative path the founders envisioned, and is intended to serve as

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Rep. Ron Sarasin (R-CT) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Connecticut Republican Congressman Ron Sarasin to the ReFormers Caucus. The ReFormers Caucus is comprised of more than 150 former members of Congress and governors from both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to returning government to the people. It is the largest group of former lawmakers ever assembled on behalf of fixing

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Statement of Meredith McGehee: Rather than “drain the swamp,” the Washington establishment is flooding it

On Friday morning Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement with regard to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.  I’ve been successfully fighting to hold Washington accountable for the past few decades, most of it as registered lobbyist, and I know how resistant #ThisTown is to anyone rocking the boat. One thing is for

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Meredith McGehee named top grassroots lobbyist by The Hill

Today, The Hill named Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee a top grassroots lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for the tenth year. In her statement below, Meredith explains why she joined Issue One to lead its fight for robust ethics and political reform regulations. Folk wisdom in Washington is that, after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision,

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Issue One turns two!

This week marks Issue One’s second anniversary and we couldn’t be prouder of the progress we’ve made to help unite both parties behind real solutions to our broken campaign finance system.  It’s been a busy two years. Our ReFormers Caucus is 158 members strong, and one-third Republican. Comprised of former governors and members of Congress from both parties, it is the largest

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Statement: Meredith McGehee on the final presidential debate

Following tonight’s presidential debate, Meredith McGehee, Issue One’s chief of policy, programs and strategy issued the following statement:  Should Hillary Clinton become president, it is imperative for her to commit to create a “Chinese Wall” between the government and the Clinton Foundation which she failed to do as Secretary of State. Likewise, she should continue the restrictions on lobbyists’ access to elected

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Rep. Tom Osborne (R-NE) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Republican Congressman Tom Osborne to our ReFormers Caucus. Congressman Osborne joins a distinguished group of more than 150 other former members of Congress and governors in the fight to restore our democracy by reducing the undue influence of money in our politics. Mr. Osborne represented Nebraska’s 3rd District from 2001 to 2007, serving

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The multi-billion-dollar question on debate night

As we look forward to the third and final debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, we at Issue One are asking ourselves: will they finally debate democracy? “The multi-billion dollar question that remains unasked—and unanswered—is ‘how does the next president plan to address the access-and-influence system that has come to dominate our government?’” said Meredith McGehee, Issue

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