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The special counsel’s report confirms sweeping and systemic foreign interference in our elections.

Here’s what we knew long before Robert Mueller’s redacted report was released: Foreign governments and anti-American forces want to disrupt U.S. elections. They want to destabilize the sacred processes at the core of our democracy and others around the world. They want to divide the electorate. They want to discredit our form of government so that the stock value of

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5 things we learned from the first round of 2020 campaign finance reports

Amisa Ratliff contributed to this report. On Monday, congressional and presidential candidates alike filed their first major campaign finance reports of 2019, detailing their financial activities between January 1 and March 31. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $936,000 The median amount of money raised during the first quarter

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Broad cross-partisan coalition urges presidential candidates to disclose their big-money campaign fundraisers

Issue One was joined today by 15 other organizations from across the ideological spectrum in urging all Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to publicly disclose information about their top campaign fundraisers on a regular basis during the 2020 presidential election. Presidential candidates have long utilized individuals known as “bundlers” to help them raise the funds necessary to wage competitive campaigns,

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Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) Join the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes two former members of Congress to the ReFormers Caucus: Illinois Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren and North Carolina Democrat Rep. Brad Miller. The ReFormers Caucus of 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials is the largest bipartisan coalition assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy. As a new ReFormer, Rep. Randy Hultgren will draw

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Issue One Remembers the Life of ReFormer James “Jim” P. Moody

Issue One offers its most sincere condolences to the friends and family of former Congressman James “Jim” P. Moody (D-WI). Rep. Jim Moody was a member of our ReFormers Caucus, a bipartisan coalition composed of 200 former Cabinet officials, governors, and members of Congress advocating for solutions to fix our broken political system. He passed away Friday, March 22 at

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College Tour: Issue One to Visit Indiana University

Indiana University is next on Issue One’s college tour to discuss why bipartisan political reform should be a major topic of conversation for the nation’s students. On Wednesday, April 3, Issue One ReFormers Caucus (RFC) Co-Chairs former Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) will engage with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty at the Hamilton Lugar

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Issue One goes to Unrig Summit in Nashville

Party Before Country "Party before country is un-American." Fmr. Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), Co-chair of Issue One's bipartisan ReFormers Caucus, electrified the crowd at the #UnrigTheSystem summit over the weekend with this important message. Posted by Issue One on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 This week, Issue One will join over 1,500 activists in Nashville, Tennessee at the 2019 Unrig

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Fix Congress! What happened at the first hearing to modernize Congress

Earlier this week, the bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (or modernizing committee for short) held its first public hearing that solicited testimony from sitting members of Congress. Committee Chair Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Vice Chair Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), and other members of the committee heard proposals from 35 of their Republican and Democratic House colleagues about

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Three Lessons Learned From the For the People Act

This op-ed originally appeared in RealClearPolitics.  Last week, in the face of rising authoritarianism around the world and with their new majority in the House, Democrats passed the most robust package of democracy reform proposals in a generation, albeit along a strictly party-line vote. It was an important moment for the political party whose candidates ran on a reform agenda

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Issue One applauds Rep. John Katko (R-NY) for co-sponsoring the Political Accountability and Transparency Act

Republican Rep. John Katko (NY-24) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that ensures the public knows who is trying to influence their vote in elections and prevents lawmakers from abusing leadership PAC funds. “Everyone has a right to know who’s spending money to influence elections. We are heartened to see Representative Katko be a part of meaningful bipartisan reform efforts in the House

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