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115th Congress ReFormers Caucus Lunch

With the 115th Congress in full swing, a bipartisan group of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus hosted a lunch to discuss how they could be most effective in promoting and advocating for issues critical to democracy in the coming months. Conservative Republican Representative Ken Buck, who represents eastern Colorado and just started his second term in Congress after being his freshman

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Things to Watch Out For: Weakening the Office of Congressional Ethics

You probably remember that the Monday before the 115th Congress was sworn in, in the dead of the night on a holiday, House Republicans tried (and failed) to pass rules to weaken the independent ethics office meant to police members of Congress. Last month, however, Meredith McGehee, Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy, highlighted one little-noticed rule that

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Bipartisan Bills Bring Senate Disclosure into 21st Century

Late last week, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced two campaign finance-related bills: the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act (e-file bill) and the Sunlight for Unaccountable Non-profits (SUN) Act. Both were also introduced previously in the 114th Congress. The bipartisan, widely popular e-file bill saves money by requiring U.S. Senate candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically, rather than on

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Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former New York Republican Representative Richard Hanna to the ReFormers Caucus, Issue One’s bipartisan coalition working on passing game-changing legislation to return our government to the people. The ReFormers Caucus is the largest group of former lawmakers ever assembled on behalf of ethics and money in politics. Rep. Hanna represented New York’s 24th and then 22nd Districts

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Announcing Issue One’s Snapshots Project

Let’s face it: Not everyone can follow every money in politics, ethics or conflict of interest story, especially when there are daily — or hourly — developments. But we also live in a country where 93 percent of citizens think government is more responsive to deep-pocketed donors than the people. We need to seriously address these issues in order to

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President Trump closed a door and opened a tollbooth

In response to Trump administration advisers launching the political nonprofit group America First Policies to support President Trump’s policies, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “Here’s the problem: It’s a sitting president. He’s in the business of raising money for an outside entity, and it creates a very stark opportunity for access and influence

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Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One welcomes former Republican Representative Joel Hefley to the ReFormers Caucus. He joins more than 165 former members of Congress and governors fighting to return our government to the people. Rep. Hefley represented Colorado’s 5th District for 20 years, from 1987 to 2007. While in Congress, he served on the House Ethics Committee for three terms and is remembered

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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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