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Behind the Price of Power: Q&A with former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL)

To help inform Issue One’s landmark report, “The Price of Power,” we interviewed several members of our bipartisan ReFormers Caucus at-length about their experiences with fundraising and concerns with the “committee tax” imposed on lawmakers. Every Tuesday and Thursday over the next few weeks, we will release edited excerpts of those conversations with these former lawmakers to supplement and expand

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Rep. Michael Patrick Flanagan (R-IL) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Illinois Republican Representative Michael Patrick Flanagan to the ReFormers Caucus.During his time in Congress representing Illinois’ 5th District from 1995 to 1997, Rep. Flanagan served on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Government Reform Committee and the Joint Committee on Telecommunications. He was Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Vice Chairman of

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It is time to enhance and modernize the Office of Government Ethics (OGE)

As Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director Walter Shaub leaves office this week, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Public confidence in our elected leaders is at an all-time low, but Washington didn’t get the memo. The Trump administration — in order to renew faith in a responsive, ethical federal government —

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The misguided plan to revive the “K Street Project”

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in response to news that National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) is seeking to revive a version of the misguided K Street Project, made famous by former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay. “Reviving the ‘K Street Project’ is the most misguided priority

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By overturning Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction, the courts undermine public trust

Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement in response to news that former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 conviction was overturned: “It has been clear that the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA) is in desperate need of revision. “There is a growing disconnect between ongoing jurisprudence dating back

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Issue One statement on campaign finance related-riders in House Appropriations Committee markup of government funding bill

UPDATED July 14, 2017, 11am ET:  Late Thursday evening, measures negatively impacting the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Election Commission (FEC) were passed by the House Appropriations Committee in their FY18 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill.   During debate, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) offered an amendment to strip an SEC-related rider aimed at

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How to tell the difference between super PACs and dark money groups

America First Policies, the nonprofit run by former Trump staffers and dedicated to supporting the president’s policies, has attracted a lot of news coverage over the past few weeks, between its avid participation in the Georgia special election and its ads targeting Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) for not supporting the Senate health care bill. But even veteran reporters have been

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Georgians kept in the dark about many ad sponsors

Co-authored by Daniel Hensel This year, residents of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District were bombarded with a seemingly never-ending cascade of political advertisements. But figuring out who was really behind this $60 million spending spree is nothing short of a Herculean task. Our disclosure laws are outdated. While the sponsors of ads must be disclosed, the names of politically active groups

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