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Senate Intelligence Committee makes the case for the Honest Ads Act

This week’s bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russian foreign interference in the 2016 election is the latest and most definitive case for new legislation that would help improve transparency for online political ads as a way to bolster election security. “The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 requires political advertisements on television, radio, and satellite to disclose the sponsor

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Cross-partisan coalition urges presidential candidates to embrace transparency and disclose their big-money campaign fundraisers

Many presidential candidates are relying on networks of wealthy, well-connected donors to help them raise large sums of campaign cash. Will any of these White House hopefuls publicly disclose the names of these elite fundraisers? They should, according to a new letter sent today by Issue One and 15 other organizations from across the ideological spectrum to all Republican and

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There is no silver bullet to fixing our broken political system.

This op-ed originally appeared in The Fulcrum. I started Issue One five years ago to recruit more voices from inside and outside Washington into the movement fixing our ailing democracy. Since then, I’ve addressed large crowds; sat with members of Congress from both parties; moderated sessions with billionaires; debated professors; convened lawyers, think tanks and advocacy groups; advised political candidates

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Experts tell Capitol Hill staff of ongoing threats to U.S elections and how to address them as part of our “Don’t Mess With US” project

Election security experts were optimistic of Capitol Hill’s efforts to prevent foreign interference and harden U.S. election infrastructure ahead of November 2020 but called for more action at a staff briefing today. The panel was hosted and moderated by Issue One CEO Nick Penniman as part of our “Don’t Mess With US” project.  “Election security is the greatest crisis facing our

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Issue One launches “FEC M.I.A.” to spotlight nation’s broken election watchdog

Today, Issue One launched FEC M.I.A. to hold the president and Senate accountable for allowing the nation’s election watchdog to effectively shutter, and call on all six seats on the FEC to be filled by new commissioners. “The Federal Election Commission was already broken, but now it is in shambles and can’t even perform the most basic law-enforcement functions as

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Arizona Senator Martha McSally (R) supports key election security legislation endorsed by Issue One’s “Don’t Mess With US” project

This week, Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally co-sponsored the DETER Act (S. 1060), one of the bills in the suite of legislative proposals Issue One’s “Don’t Mess With US” project highlights as necessary to stop foreign attacks on our political system.  In July, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) — lead sponsors of the DETER Act —

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Reps. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) co-sponsor the Honest Ads Act

This week, Reps. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) joined in co-sponsoring the Honest Ads Act, the best first step to secure our elections by preventing paid, foreign disinformation campaigns on the largest online platforms.  This brings the total number of sponsors in the House and Senate to 39 — 19 Republicans and 20 Democrats.  “The Honest Ads Act

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Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) supports increased election security funding

Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  This morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walked back his staunch opposition to further securing our elections and said he is now willing to support additional grant money to the states.  This move follows pressure from a growing number of groups from across the political spectrum that have been

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Issue One: Support for election security is growing across political spectrum

Today, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon, retired Lieutenant Colonel and President of the London Center for Policy Research Tony Shaffer, and Vice President for Programs at National Election Defense Coalition Susan Greenhalgh called on Congress to strengthen our national security and provide support to states to protect our elections ahead of 2020.  The press

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