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Frankly Scandalous: Public Disapproves of Guinta in Ongoing Corruption Case

If you’re an aspiring politician, New Hampshire is the place to be — that is, unless you’re Frank Guinta. New Hampshire’s early primary grants the state significant clout in the presidential selection process, and the numerous 2016 candidates have spent considerable time jumping between the state’s meeting halls and main streets. Under normal circumstances, Representative Guinta would have real sway, rewarding favored

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Tim Roemer in Newsweek: “Are You Feeling the Pain?”

Tim Roemer, former Indiana congressman and ambassador to India, has a simple question: are you feeling the pain? Even if you think you aren’t, the situation on Capitol Hill ensures we’re all feeling duped by our politicians. Because of money in politics and the skyrocketing cost of campaigns, our elected officials are forced to spend almost half their time fundraising

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21st Century Democracy Agenda

12 national groups, including Issue One, have endorsed the 21st Century Democracy Agenda, a comprehensive policy platform to reduce the influence of money in politics and ensure that everyone has a voice in our democracy. The Agenda will leverage the 2016 elections to advance a national dialogue about this issue, and explicitly lay out the policies and actions the next president

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ReFormer Gary Hart Releases New Book

As part of Issue One’s Advisory Board and ReFormers Caucus, Senator Gary Hart brings a wealth of national and international experience to Issue One through his experience in Congress and later as Special Envoy to Northern Ireland. Senator Hart recently released his 21st book, The Republic of Conscience, in which he offers meditations, critiques and remedies for the state of the nation. Last week, Senator

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What’s Happening in the States? July 2015 Edition

We’ve entered the dog days of summer, but around the country, states and municipalities are working toward reducing the influence of money in politics. In this post, we highlight some of the innovative reforms being made nationwide. For more state-level action, check out last month’s entry, and this comprehensive list from Politico. The Tempe, Arizona City Council will reportedly discuss

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Ambassador Tim Roemer joins Issue One as money dominates the 2016 elections

Today, the bipartisan political reform group Issue One is announcing Ambassador Tim Roemer—who served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and was an instrumental member of the 9/11 Commission—has joined as Senior Strategic Adviser for Issue One’s new ReFormers Caucus. The ReFormers Caucus includes more than 60 Republican and Democratic former members of Congress and governors whose goal

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Solutions 101: What We Can Do to Increase Disclosure

The story so far has been admittedly grim. Disclosure rules across the country are often poorly-enforced and vary widely from area to area. The good news is that disclosure reform solutions exist. They can be implemented almost immediately to better show how money flows into and out of elections, and hold accountable both contributors and campaigns. Our basic disclosure policy

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Campaign or Super PAC? Carly Fiorina’s Outsourced Candidacy

It’s July, which means two things in DC: humidity and campaign fundraising disclosure. As PACs and candidates like Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz release their second quarter figures, observers can gauge how the field is shaping up at this early stage. For candidates at the top, this deadline serves as a prime opportunity for muscle-flexing – showing dominance to potential

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73% of Americans Call for Corporate Contribution Limits, New Poll Shows

According to the Newseum’s 2015 “State of the First Amendment” survey, Americans firmly support individual liberties. 75% of respondents believe that the First Amendment does not go too far in guaranteeing broad personal rights. There was one issue where voters called for stronger government limits, though. 73% of the poll’s respondents agreed that restrictions on corporate and union contributions in

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The Age of Super PACs

Check out this great video infographic from the New York Times about how candidates and Super PACs get around anti-coordination laws. What’s the solution to this blatant rulebreaking? For starters, the Federal Election Commission could start enforcing the law. You can read more here. Video: The Age of Super PACs

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