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Republicans and Democrats to Push President Obama on Dark Money

Next Tuesday, during a telepress conference, Republican and Democratic former lawmakers will call on President Obama to issue an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Speakers include former Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT), Sec. of Transportation Ray LaHood (R-IL)[invited], Sec. of Agriculture Dan Glickman (D-KS) and Ambassador Tim Roemer (D-IN); all members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus.

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Obama Calls Out Dark Money. So Why Won’t He Act?

Yesterday, President Obama traveled to Illinois to deliver a speech on the “better politics” he described last month in his final State of the Union. The main thrust? In order to reach our full potential as a nation, we must first address our broken political system, including dark money in elections. We’ve got to build a better politics. One that’s

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What Sanders and Clinton get wrong about Citizens United

In one of the most exciting moments of the entire 2016 campaign, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made the case for why money in politics reform is issue one. Yet they continue to focus on the wrong aspects of our broken system: Citizens United. Both candidates have spent months on the campaign trail explaining the insidious connections between

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ReFormer Rep. Jim Leach on Every Voice Podcast

The day after the Iowa caucuses, former Iowa Congressman and ReFormer Jim Leach spoke with Every Voice’s Adam Smith about how the pervasive influence of money in politics affected the race in Iowa and how it has changed the legislative process over the years. “Money can buy a lot… It can make candidate look cheerful and happy… It can make

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ReFormer Jim Leach Stresses Voter Value before Caucus

Former Republican Congressman and ReFormer Caucus member Jim Leach appeared on Sioux City’s NBC’s affiliate KITV last Friday to address how skyrocketing campaign spending has distorted the process in the Iowa caucuses. In addition, he advocated for increased disclosure on political spending in his home state because, “If you were to ask a typical Iowan who pays for these ads,

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Former Members of Congress Reflect on Buckley v. Valeo at 40

Today, former Senators J. Bennett Johnson and Bill Brock, members of our ReFormers Caucus, penned an editorial for The Hill, addressing the disastrous ruling in Buckley v. Valeo, which turns  40 this week. Buckley v. Valeo struck down previously imposed limits on campaign spending, opening a floodgate of donations into the electoral process while dramatically altering the manner in which

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