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The latest news from Issue One as we unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system.

Stop playing politics and fund safe and secure elections

As coronavirus stimulus negotiations appear to have reached an impasse in Congress, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “House Republicans have called for additional federal funding for safe and secure elections. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt has called for additional emergency federal funding. Election officials across the country have called for additional federal funding. It’s

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Issue One calls on Congress to protect elections, restore the Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act (VRA), one of the most significant and successful pieces of civil rights legislation ever passed in the United States, was signed into law 55 years ago today. In response, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), who both served for many years with the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA),

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Coordination Watch, August 2020: Media reports draw attention to coordination issues with super PACs, outside groups in 2020 races

Outside groups, especially super PACs and dark money organizations, frequently skirt anti-coordination rules designed to prevent wealthy donors and special interests from wielding undue influence in our elections– effectively violating contribution limits that protect against “corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Begun earlier this year, Coordination Watch identifies notable instances of coordination between outside groups and candidates. This project details

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Issue One joins crosspartisan coalition letter to Senate Appropriations Committee urging more transparency

Issue One has joined more than a dozen other organizations from across the political spectrum in urging senators to make appropriations mark-ups more accessible to the American people.  Implementing a livestream of video and audio of all legislative mark-ups “would guarantee undiluted press and public access to the proceedings,” states the new letter, which was sent today to Sens. Richard

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Committee on modernization unanimously approves bipartisan recommendations to fix Congress

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress unanimously approved 12 key recommendations to improve continuity of government and congressional operations. Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee issued the following statement:  “Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the modernization committee continues to churn out much-needed recommendations to improve the operations of Congress. This set of  bipartisan reforms

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Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus urges Senate to include money for safe and secure elections in next coronavirus relief bill

Approximately 200 members of Issue One’s bipartisan ReFormers Caucus — the largest bipartisan group of former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet officials ever assembled to advocate for political reform — today urged senators to include additional funding for states to administer safe and secure elections in the next coronavirus pandemic relief legislation. “If we fail to ensure a safe

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President Trump’s call to delay the election is irresponsible and ignores the Constitution

In response to President Donald Trump’s tweet today suggesting the November election should be delayed, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) released the following statement:  “The president’s claim, months out from the November election, that it is rigged and somehow ‘corrupt’ is reckless and preposterous, and the suggestion to delay it is

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New report highlights shell company loophole that could be abused by foreigners who want to interfere in U.S. elections

Shell companies that give money to super PACs could be conduits for foreign money in the 2020 election, warns a new report published today by Issue One. Under current law, super PACs are permitted to collect contributions of unlimited amounts, but must disclose their donors. In some cases, their campaign finance disclosures list opaque shell companies as contributors. As a

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Swamp Stories Episode 14: Conversations: Nick Penniman

Swamp Stories is excited to introduce a new periodic series of episodes where host Weston Wamp has longform conversations with leaders in the political reform movement. For the first episode of this “Conversations” series, Weston is joined by Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman to discuss how he became involved in the political reform space, the current moment that

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