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FEC deadlocks and greenlights workaround for House members spending on charter and private flights. Personal use of leadership PAC funds should be banned.

Earlier this week, the Federal Election Commission deadlocked on, and then dismissed, a case against Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) leadership PAC that alleged the PAC abused its funds by paying for more than $5,500 in private air travel in 2018. “This is further evidence the FEC is busted and broke, and is unable to enforce the most basic rules,” said Issue One

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New FEC inspector general report describes a hobbled watchdog

A new report from the Office of Inspector General at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) provides new information about how the agency’s internal watchdog has been hamstrung for months — a concerning state of affairs that was also detailed in Issue One’s recent report “Busted and Broke: Why the Federal Election Commission doesn’t work.” In short: The FEC’s Office of

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Special counsel Mueller’s remarks on election interference by foreign actors underline need for bipartisan measures like the Honest Ads Act

In response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s public remarks today that Russia’s multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our elections “deserve the attention of every American,” Issue One CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “Special counsel Mueller repeatedly stressed that there was widespread, organized interference in our elections by a foreign power, and that all Americans need to be

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FEC approves proposal offering cybersecurity services to campaigns

At today’s Federal Election Commission (FEC) meeting, Chair Ellen Weintraub announced that the commission has issued a final advisory opinion approving the proposal of Defending Digital Campaigns (DDC), a bipartisan group (led by former campaign managers of Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns) that plans to offer cybersecurity services to political candidates and party committees at free or reduced rates. Weintraub

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Modernizing committee unanimously passes first transparency reform measures

As the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress voted out its first series of reforms today, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “At a time when politics is so divisive, it is refreshing to see bipartisanship in action. It is also heartening that the modernizing committee is already moving to increase transparency and help make

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Congressional leadership PACs continue to subsidize lavish lifestyles

Private jets, luxury hotels, and expensive meals are par for the course as a majority of leadership PAC spending strays further from its intended purposes. A new report today released by Issue One and Campaign Legal Center (CLC) shows that instead of doling out funds to political allies, members of Congress routinely use leadership PAC funds to pay for expensive meals, rounds of golf,

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Justice Department indictment highlights tiniest sliver of money from secret and foreign sources that is influencing our elections.

On Friday, the Justice Department indicted Prakazrel “Pras” Michel and Low Taek Jho for conspiring to make and conceal foreign and conduit campaign contributions during the 2012 presidential election.  Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “This indictment highlights the tiniest sliver of money coming from secret and foreign sources that is influencing our elections. Our broken

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