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Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Today, Issue One welcomes former California Republican Representative Tom Campbell to the ReFormers Caucus. During his public service in Congress representing California’s 12th and 15th districts, Campbell served on the Judiciary, Banking, Small Business and International Relations committees, among others. He authored the 2000 Peace Corps re-authorization act and 1998 Food Bank Relief Act, as well. Following his election to

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Top nonprofit advocate Meredith McGehee joins Issue One

Issue One is pleased to announce that leading ethics advocate Meredith McGehee will join Issue One as Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy on October 3. McGehee will lead Issue One’s advocacy efforts to reinvigorate our democratic system. She will also expand the organization’s recruitment of former elected officials and business leaders. She will continue as a strategic adviser with the Campaign Legal

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Rep. Pat Williams joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Montana Congressman, Patrick Williams, to the ReFormers Caucus. Congressman Williams is the first ReFormer from Montana, bringing the total number of states represented by the bipartisan coalition up to 42. Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus is comprised of 151 former elected members of Congress and governors who are dedicated to reducing the influence of

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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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Donors who want social change should do more to fix democracy

This op-ed originally appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. For every generation of Americans there arises a critical and often unexpected challenge that demands thoughtful, effective, and cooperative action in the public interest. For Americans today, the most vital possible cause is at stake. That is the issue that contains and defines all other issues in our civic life: the

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A republic, if you can keep it

Former Ambassador and ReFormer Tim Roemer (D-IN) spoke last week at the historic Chautauqua Institution summer series, focusing on money and power. Throughout its history, Chautauqua has seen some of America’s greatest leaders share its space: Booker T. Washington, President Franklin Roosevelt, Vice President Al Gore and Governor Tom Ridge (a recent addition to the ReFormers Caucus). You can watch

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ReFormers Caucus: Fixing Democracy Should be a Top Priority of Congress

As our country celebrates its independence, the ReFormers Caucus calls on Congress and the next president to make restoring the integrity of our democracy a top priority. Two hundred and forty years ago, our Founders fought against tyranny and boldly proposed a new form of government that would derive its power from the consent of the people. Today, this experiment in self-government

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New Poll Shows Money in Politics Is A Top Voting Concern

Download the results from Ipsos here, and our toplines and analysis here.  Americans believe reducing the influence of money in politics is one of the top five most important issues facing the country ahead of the November elections, according to a new Issue One-Ipsos national poll. The results suggest there is a disconnect between the public’s priorities and their elected officials’

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It’s Time to Call Money in Politics a Crisis

The ReFormers Caucus is kicking off a new campaign urging everyone—from the Beltway to the Heartland—to call money in politics a crisis. Why call money in politics a crisis? Money in politics is not a new problem, but it has gone from a slow burning issue to an out-and-out crisis for a number of reasons—from misguided Supreme Court decisions to

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Obama Calls Out Dark Money. So Why Won’t He Act?

Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Illinois to deliver a speech on the “better politics” he described last month in his final State of the Union. The main thrust? In order to reach our full potential as a nation, we must first address our broken political system, including dark money in elections. We’ve got to build a better politics. One that’s

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