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New video from Issue One highlights the alarming, outsized influence of ultra-wealthy donors

Issue One published a new video today to highlight the alarming, outsized influence that a handful of ultra-wealthy donors have in the post-Citizens United era. The video raises awareness of the need for reforms that help make our political system more responsive to the needs of all Americans, and comes at a time when debate in Washington about sweeping

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“We cannot afford to squander this opportunity to replenish our system,” Issue One applauds introduction of the Freedom to Vote Act that will reform and strengthen our democracy

Issue One has long fought to fix our broken political system and build a more inclusive democracy by bringing Republicans, Democrats, and independents together to enact sweeping bipartisan reforms.  Since 2002, Congress has failed to pass bipartisan legislation that strengthens our democracy and reforms our nation’s campaign finance system. In the years since, our nation’s leaders have allowed our institutions

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Swamp Stories Episode 31: Regularly Given

Every four years on January 6th, Congress convenes, with the vice president presiding, to carry out an important but ministerial aspect of the peaceful transfer of power. Per the U.S. Constitution, Congress counts states’ electoral votes and announces the next President and Vice President of the United States. But a contentious 1876 presidential election nearly broke this tradition and

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“Our responsibility to build a more inclusive and representative democracy begins with the sacred freedom to vote,” says Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman following the introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

In response to today’s introduction of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, Issue One’s Founder and CEO Nick Penniman released the following statement: “Our responsibility to build a more inclusive and representative democracy begins with the sacred freedom to vote. It is a noble cause that John Lewis dedicated his life to, and one we must

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“Staff are the backbone of Congress,” Issue One applauds move to increase staff pay, bolster HR resources

Today, the Office of the Speaker announced that the House of Representatives will be raising the maximum salary for staff, in tandem with the House Committee on Administration announcing the creation of a Human Resources Hub tasked with helping offices “hire, develop, and retain staff.” Following these announcements, Issue One’s Executive Director, Meredith McGehee, issued the following statement:  “Staff are

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Issue One calls on Congress to protect and strengthen nation’s critical IG system

This week, Issue One spearheaded a crosspartisan coalition of 11 organizations calling on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to expeditiously mark up and advance legislation designed to strengthen the Inspectors General system.  In a letter addressed to the committee, Issue One underscored the crucial role that IGs play in deterring abuse of office and power, while also improving operations and

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Issue One remembers the lives of ReFormers Carl Levin of Michigan and Dick Lamm of Colorado

Issue One joins in mourning the loss of former Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and former Governor Richard “Dick” Lamm (D-CO), both of whom were active members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus, a bipartisan coalition of more than 200 former members of Congress, governors, and Cabinet secretaries united to fix America’s broken political system.  Senator Levin and Governor Lamm both passed

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Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Zach Wamp (R-TN) and Tim Roemer (D-IN) urge Congress to protect voting rights on anniversary of signing of Voting Rights Act of 1965

The United States will celebrate an important voting rights milestone later this week: Friday marks the 56th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, which President Lyndon Johnson signed into law on Aug. 6, 1965. Moreover, today marks 80 days since Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said that “inaction is not an option” when it

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Issue One joins leading groups in thanking the Modernization Committee for key reforms that are strengthening Congress

This week, Issue One joined 21 organizations and congressional experts in thanking the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for the recent modernization reforms that have advanced through the House appropriations process.  Since its inception, the Select Committee worked in a bipartisan manner to ensure that Congress has the resources, capabilities, and support systems necessary to serve the American

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