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Bridge Alliance Education Fund assumes ownership of The Fulcrum

Today, the Bridge Alliance Education Fund announced that it is assuming ownership and control as publisher of The Fulcrum, a nonpartisan nonprofit news publication first incubated and launched by Issue One. The Fulcrum was created to be the first-of-its-kind digital publication exclusively dedicated to democracy reform, and a hub for the many people and groups across the political spectrum working

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Outsized Influence: 12 political megadonors are responsible for $1 of every $13 in federal elections since Citizens United and 25% of all giving from the top 100 ZIP codes — a total of $3.4 billion

As Congress debates potential changes to the nation’s campaign finance system designed to empower ordinary Americans, new research from Issue One shows the extent to which wealthy, overwhelmingly white donors dominate political giving in the post-Citizens United era. In fact, just 12 megadonors — at least eight of whom are billionaires — contributed a combined $3.4 billion to federal candidates and

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Issue One announces five new members to its Board of Directors

Issue One is pleased to announce the addition of five talented and renowned individuals to our Board of Directors: Donna Brazile, Barbara Brenner Buder, Emil Hill, Miti Sathe, and Patrick Toussaint. They join a growing movement to fix our broken political system by uniting leaders and key voices from across the political spectrum to usher in an era of comprehensive democracy

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After Letlow’s swearing in, 90% of current House members now operate leadership PACs

With her swearing in today, Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA) became the newest member of Congress, filling the vacancy left after the death of her husband, Luke Letlow, who won the election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District last fall.  Letlow also becomes the latest member of Congress to operate a leadership PAC — a political committee separate from a lawmaker’s official

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Swamp Stories Episode 25: The Funnel

In the last episode of Swamp Stories, we explored the influence of “dark money” — particularly on the 2020 election. In our latest episode, we’re taking a deeper dive into the world of dark money and examining a once rare strategy that’s used to funnel this unaccountable cash through 501(c)(4)s and into the hands of super PACs — all while

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Issue One’s National Council on Election Integrity convenes bipartisan panel to discuss state proposals that would impact how Americans vote

This week, Issue One and its National Council on Election Integrity convened experts from across the political spectrum for an important discussion about how state voting proposals could impact how millions of Americans vote. Moderated by Issue One’s CEO and Founder Nick Penniman, panelists included Trey Grayson, a former Republican Secretary of State of Kentucky and member of the national

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Issue One remembers the life of ReFormer Bill Brock

Issue One offers our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of former Senator William “Bill” Emerson Brock III as we remember his remarkable life. Senator Brock was a vital and active member of our ReFormers Caucus, a bipartisan coalition composed of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials advocating for solutions to fix our

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Swamp Stories Episode 24: The Arms Race That Won’t End

More than $1 billion worth of unaccountable “dark money” flowed into the 2020 election at the federal level. This secretive spending by groups with anonymous donors has a corrosive influence on American politics and leaves voters and candidates in the dark about who is attempting to influence their votes and the outcome of an election.  As Congress considers campaign finance

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Issue One statement on the #StopAsianHate day of action

Today has been designated a “national day of healing and action” to #StopAsianHate by Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) activists in response to the ongoing wave of hate crimes against members of their communities. Issue One released the following statement in solidarity with the AAPI community: “The surge of racism and xenophobia against the AAPI community during the pandemic, most

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Issue One statement on Senator Joe Manchin’s call for bipartisan democracy reform and the passage of Georgia’s election proposals

Issue One issued the following statement in response to Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) call for bipartisan democracy reform and the passage of SB 202 in the Georgia House of Representatives: “We are encouraged by Senator Joe Manchin’s desire to work with members from both parties to strengthen our democracy and protect Americans’ right to vote. This is an historic opportunity

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