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There’s no reason to relax rules around coordinated expenditures between political parties and candidates. So why is the Senate trying to?

Today, Issue One submitted a letter opposing a provision slipped into a government funding bill (FY2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill) that would weaken rules limiting coordination between political parties and candidates. “This provision is a backdoor attempt that would allow more access and influence for deep-pocketed donors at a time when the American people are already frustrated

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Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and John Sarbanes (D-MD) sponsor Honest Ads Act

Update, January 8, 2018: Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and David Young (R-IA) both cosponsored the Honest Ads Act. This brings the total number of sponsors of the bill to 16.  Today, New Jersey Republican Rep. Leonard Lance and Maryland Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes joined in sponsoring the bipartisan, bicameral legislation to begin protecting U.S. politics from foreign interference. This brings the

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The Senate ‘ethics’ committee is a black hole where allegations die

This op-ed by Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee originally appeared in The Hill. In the face of several highly charged allegations of sexual harassment, the Senate is turning to its ethics committee for political cover. It is an open secret in Washington that this committee is an “ethics committee” in name only. In the face of numerous allegations of sexual

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Eight more Republicans and Democrats unite to sponsor the Honest Ads Act

Today, eight House lawmakers — four Republicans and four Democrats — signed on to sponsor the Honest Ads Act (H.R. 4077), the best first step to combat the problem of hidden foreign disinformation campaigns targeted at the United States by implementing a disclosure system for paid, online political advertising.  “At a time when Americans are questioning whether Congress has the

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The FEC must move quickly — and with the American people in mind — on overdue online ad disclosure

Today, in a welcome (if overdue) move, the perpetually gridlocked Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously voted to draft rules for online political ad disclosure. Issue One recently urged the FEC to take such action, noting that it’s “[a]t a time when malicious foreign actors are intent on hijacking the avenues Americans use to communicate, organize and debate with each other,

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Issue One statement on mistrial in corruption case of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

In response to the New Jersey jury’s inability to arrive at a verdict on the charges of corruption facing New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Today’s lack of a verdict is disappointing but not surprising given how the U.S. Supreme Court has gutted key anti-corruption laws

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Issue One urges FEC to update online political advertising disclosure regulations

Today, Issue One filed comments with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to update its disclaimer regulations to better address the reality of modern day campaigning, online political advertising and foreign interference in U.S. politics. As Issue One noted in its comments: “At a time when malicious foreign actors are intent on hijacking the avenues Americans use to

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Issue One comments on the Office of Government Ethics’ (OGE) 2018 Strategic Plan

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has released public stakeholder comments to the agency’s 2018 Strategic Plan. Issue One submitted feedback supporting OGE’s vital role in the health of our democratic system.  The released public comments can be found on OGE’s Electronic Reading Room. Issue One’s comments from Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee are below: Dear Ms.

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Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former New York Republican Representative and former United States Secretary of the Army John McHugh to the ReFormers Caucus. During his time in Congress representing New York’s 23rd and 24th districts from 1993 to 2009, Secretary McHugh served as a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He voted in favor of the landmark

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How corporations are still playing politics more than a century after President Theodore Roosevelt and the Tillman Act

Today marks the day that Theodore Roosevelt would have turned 159 years old. If he were still alive, the Republican from New York who served as our 26th president would likely be dismayed at the role corporations are playing in elections today. 110 years ago, in 1907, Roosevelt signed into law an anti-corruption measure known as the Tillman Act. This

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