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Issue One Statement on President Trump’s Lobbying Executive Order

This statement has been updated following a review of the executive order on ethics signed by President Trump.  “At first blush, today’s executive order on ethics signed by President Trump mirrors much of what was contained in the previous order signed by President Obama. However, there are two very significant differences,” said Meredith McGehee, chief of policy, programs and strategy

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Winning Reform in the States: Blueprints for Democracy 2017 Update

We’re excited to announce that we’ve just updated our groundbreaking Blueprints for Democracy report with the latest money-in-politics and lobbying reforms from across the U.S. During the 2016 elections voters around the country passed several different reforms to their state and local campaign finance systems. Many of the changes are unprecedented, they’re wholly new and innovative systems designed to meet

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Forget insider trading. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) may have violated House ethics rules.

This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill. While Washington and social media are all atwitter over the STOCK Act and the confirmation hearing of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), it is a provision in the House ethics rules that should receive attention today. In the past 72 hours, questions have been raised about whether Price’s purchase of stock

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Sen. Adlai Stevenson (D-IL) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Illinois Democrat Adlai Stevenson III to the ReFormers Caucus, a group comprised of more than 160 former members of Congress and governors from both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to returning government to the people. Sen. Stevenson comes from a long history of public service that traces back to Vice President

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Rep. Jon Christensen (R-NE) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Nebraska Republican Representative Jon Christensen to the ReFormers Caucus. During his time in Congress representing Nebraska’s 2nd District from 1995 to 1999, Christensen served on the House Ways and Means Committee. He proposed an Amendment to the Constitution in 1997 to establish congressional term limits. With the aim of protecting small businesses, Rep. Christensen also authored

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The Little-Noticed Rule Passed by House Republicans that Damages Ethics Oversight

It was just last week that House Republicans tried to pass rules in the dead of night to weaken independent ethics oversight meant to police members of Congress. While the widespread public outcry on social media, television networks and burning through the Congressional telephone lines caused a temporary pullback of the rules, Republicans managed to weaken the office all the

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Meredith McGehee talks Jared Kushner’s appointment on NBC Nightly News

Ahead of President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference tomorrow, which is scheduled to address his businesses and potential conflicts of interest, he named his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior adviser. Ethics expert and Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee spoke with NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt about the appointment and potential conflicts of interest that

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Issue One Remembers the Life of ReFormer Bill Hudnut

Issue One is sad to note the passing of a member of our ReFormers Caucus, William H. Hudnut III. A former pastor, mayor of Indianapolis, member of Congress representing Indianapolis and president of the National League of Cities, Hudnut brought a wealth of practical political experience, wisdom and enthusiasm to our ReFormers Caucus (a group of more than 160 former

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House Passes Bill Requiring Transparency from Presidential Library Donors

This week, the House passed the bipartisan Presidential Library Donation Reform Act, sponsored by Tennessee Republican John Duncan and co-sponsored by Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings. Under current law, presidential libraries are built with private funds that can be raised in any amount, from any source, including foreign governments or corporations. This has lead to claims of conflict of interest. For

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