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The Little-Noticed Rule Passed by House Republicans that Damages Ethics Oversight

It was just last week that House Republicans tried to pass rules in the dead of night to weaken independent ethics oversight meant to police members of Congress. While the widespread public outcry on social media, television networks and burning through the Congressional telephone lines caused a temporary pullback of the rules, Republicans managed to weaken the office all the

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Meredith McGehee talks Jared Kushner’s appointment on NBC Nightly News

Ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference tomorrow, which is scheduled to address his businesses and potential conflicts of interest, he named his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior adviser. Ethics expert and Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee spoke with NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt about the appointment and potential conflicts of interest that

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Victory! House Republicans reverse course on Office of Congressional Ethics

Following widespread public outcry, wall-to-wall news stories and balking by rank-and-file members of Congress, House Republicans reversed course just after noon today and scuttled proposed changes to the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. According to reports, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) offered a motion to restore the current Office of Congressional Ethics rules that was then accepted by the

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Gov. Bob Taft (R-OH) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is excited to welcome former Ohio Republican Governor Bob Taft to the ReFormers Caucus. Governor Taft joins 160 former elected officials from both parties — 19 of whom are also former governors — in the fight to reduce the influence of money in politics. Governor Taft was a term-limited governor of Ohio, serving from 1999 to 2007. He

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President-elect Trump’s inaugural committee is inviting special interests to stay in the swamp

This morning, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  Late yesterday, reporters revealed what has become a common tale in Donald Trump’s Washington: Special interests will remain firmly entrenched in the swamp. The president-elect’s inaugural committee has been soliciting packages aimed directly at corporate donors and well-funded interests. The ask is for six-

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Rep. John Miller (R-WA) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is excited to welcome former Washington Republican Congressman John Miller to the ReFormers Caucus. Congressman John Miller joins 160 former members of Congress and governors from both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to returning government to the people. Congressman Miller represented Washington’s 1st District for four terms, from 1985 to 1993. Prior to his election to

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Dear Congress: Oppose All Campaign Finance Riders

As the 114th Congress looks to pass a handful of bills and a continuing resolution in the lame duck to fund the government through March, Issue One joins other advocacy organizations to categorically reject all efforts to add campaign finance-related riders to the final legislative measures of this cycle. Legislative riders are controversial provisions that typically would not pass as

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