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Momentum is gaining for the Honest Ads Act

Today, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Ryan Costello and Florida Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist joined in sponsoring the bipartisan, bicameral legislation to begin protecting U.S. politics from foreign interference. This brings the total number of sponsors of the Honest Ads Act in the House to 18, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. The Honest Ads Act (H.R. 4077) list of current sponsors includes:

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New research study illuminates need for closing digital loopholes that allow foreign interference in U.S. elections

Note: This blog post was corrected to reflect an update in the number of suspicious groups in the underlying study.* Today, Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Young Mie Kim and her team, Project DATA (Digital Ad Tracking & Analysis), published the results of the first peer-reviewed survey of Facebook political ads

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Nine new ReFormers join Issue One to fix the broken political system

Issue One is pleased to announce the addition of nine former members of Congress to the ReFormers Caucus: Jason Altmire (D-PA), Gresham Barrett (R-SC), Ben Chandler (D-KY), Sam Coppersmith (D-AZ), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Charles Djou (R-HI), Dan Maffei (D-NY), Jeff Miller (R-FL) and Jon Porter (R-NV). They join the largest bipartisan coalition—now 194 members strong—of former members of Congress, governors

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Here’s what the Honest Ads Act would and would not do

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill today and Wednesday about the company’s failures to combat foreign influence and protect user data during the 2016 elections, the bipartisan, bicameral Honest Ads Act has had a prominent place in the conversation. The act—which Issue One helped craft—is the best first step to combat the problem of hidden foreign disinformation

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Issue One and Campaign Legal Center file IRS complaint against major “dark money” group

Today, Issue One and the Campaign Legal Center called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to enforce penalties against Americans for Job Security — one of the top spenders of political “dark money” in recent years — for failing to file three years’ worth of mandatory tax returns. For this, Americans for Job Security could be punished with the loss

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More than three years after the fact, House Ethics Committee punishes two Democrats who violated House rules

The House Ethics Committee this week publicly reproved two Illinois Democratic members of Congress—one for violating House rules and one for violating federal law. Each case was under review by the Ethics Committee for more than three years—longer than one full election cycle. Each case was referred by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), which found reason to believe

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The rebirth of democracy in Philadelphia

Click here for more photos from “Renewing the Founders’ Promise.”  Last Thursday evening in Philadelphia, nearly 200 former members of Congress, governors and Cabinet secretaries, along with hundreds of enthusiastic Americans, rededicated themselves to restoring principles and values America was founded on. The declaration to renew the Founders’ promise was unveiled during a sold-out, robust discussion in partnership with the

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Congress should commemorate Sunshine Week by passing bipartisan legislation that increases transparency and saves taxpayers money

All week, transparency advocates around the country, including Issue One, have been observing Sunshine Week — an annual affair that honors open government and the public’s right to access information. One easy way that Congress could commemorate Sunshine Week this year would be to pass the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (S. 298) — a bipartisan bill that would not

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Issue One launches national campaign to “Fix Politics Now” in the 2018 election cycle

Nearly 200 Republican and Democratic former members of Congress, governors and Cabinet secretaries call on elected officials to join movement fixing the broken political system Philadelphia, PA — Issue One, the premier bipartisan political reform organization in Washington, D.C., today launched its national campaign to “Fix Politics Now” and make solutions to dysfunction in Washington a top issue in the

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10 numbers to know about the money in the #PA18 special election

Significant amounts of campaign cash are flowing into southwestern Pennsylvania ahead of Tuesday’s special election in what has become a hotly contested race in the state’s 18th Congressional District. The race pits Democrat Conor Lamb against Republican Rick Saccone — although outside groups have been doing most of the spending in the district that President Donald Trump carried by 20

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American democracy is in crisis. Join the nearly 200 former members of Congress—Republicans and Democrats—who have signed the Declaration to Renew the Founders’ Promise to say: “Enough.” Sign the declaration today and Fix Politics Now.