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Rep. Tim Johnson (R-IL) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is excited to welcome former Republican Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson to the ReFormers Caucus. Congressman Johnson joins more than 150 fellow ReFormers in the fight to reduce the power and influence of money in politics and fix our broken political system. He represented Illinois’ 15th District for six terms, beginning in 2000. Prior to that, Johnson served as

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Clinton and Trump agree on the problem, it’s time for solutions

As Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for their town-hall style debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri on Sunday, it is important to remember they agree on one thing: special interests are stifling our democracy. The outsize influence of money in politics is something voters feel acutely. Daily stories of pay-to-play politics abound—from EpiPen price hikes, the revolving

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Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Tennessee Republican Congressman Zach Wamp 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 reducing the influence of money in politics. It is the largest group of former lawmakers ever assembled on behalf

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Rep. Jack Quinn (R-NY) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is excited to welcome former New York Republican Congressman Jack Quinn to the ReFormers Caucus. The ReFormers Caucus is a bipartisan coalition made up of former lawmakers, committed to reforming campaign financing and fixing our broken Congress. Jack Quinn was a congressman for 12 years, serving on many committees including Transportation and Infrastructure, Veterans’ Affairs, and the Joint

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ReFormers Caucus: Presidential candidates must debate democracy first

Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus is urging Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to spell out their plans to fix our out-of-control campaign finance system at their first presidential debate. The text of the Caucus’ statement is below, and available here (PDF). STATEMENT OF REFORMERS CAUCUS: CANDIDATES MUST ADDRESS MONEY IN POLITICS AT FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE As Secretary Hillary Clinton

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First debate democracy

The first presidential debate on September 26 is expected to be the most watched debate in history and is quickly approaching. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump must prove to the voters who is best fit to lead our country by putting aside partisan mudslinging and presenting policies that reflect their core values to the viewing public. The most critical issue

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Miami-Dade is one step closer to victory!

While Florida’s well-financed sons Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio campaigned and lost this cycle’s presidential contest, advocates in Miami-Dade County are still striving for a money-in-politics victory. And thanks to County Judge William Thomas, they just moved one step closer. On Friday, he ordered a citizen-backed referendum that proposes a number of campaign finance-related changes be placed on

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Gov. Deval Patrick joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to the ReFormers Caucus. Governor Patrick joins 150 former elected officials from both parties — 22 of whom are also former governors — in their fight to reduce the influence of money in politics. “Governor Patrick made history as the first and only African-American to serve as Massachusetts governor

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Rep. Jim Gerlach slams the DNC on fundraising

This op-ed originally appeared in RealClearPolitics. As if Americans needed more reasons to fundamentally distrust their government, a package of nearly 20,000 leaked Democratic National Committee emails recently landed on doorsteps around the country in the form of news headlines.  Squirreled away in the messages are kernels of insight into how some Washington politicians and their staff continue to court the donor

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Rep. Tom Petri blasts congressional fundraising

This op-ed originally appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal. Americans have witnessed another year of divided Washington in action — or should I say inaction. This year the gridlock is over guns and Supreme Court nominees. When I served in Congress it was over whether to raise the minimum wage. The burden of governing is heavy and not meant to be easily

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