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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.

Rep. Martin Frost targets Texas for money in politics shenanigans

This op-ed originally appeared in the Texas Tribune.  While former Gov. Rick Perry may be cha-cha-ing on Dancing with the Stars, it’s the cha-ching of the 2016 presidential campaign Texans should remember. Why? Because high-profile Texans including Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz worked the levers of our broken campaign finance system to the tune of millions of dollars in their race to the

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Top nonprofit advocate Meredith McGehee joins Issue One

Issue One is pleased to announce that leading ethics advocate Meredith McGehee will join Issue One as Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy on October 3. McGehee will lead Issue One’s advocacy efforts to reinvigorate our democratic system. She will also expand the organization’s recruitment of former elected officials and business leaders. She will continue as a strategic adviser with the Campaign Legal

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ReFormers Caucus: Presidential candidates must debate democracy first

Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus is urging Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to spell out their plans to fix our out-of-control campaign finance system at their first presidential debate. The text of the Caucus’ statement is below, and available here (PDF). STATEMENT OF REFORMERS CAUCUS: CANDIDATES MUST ADDRESS MONEY IN POLITICS AT FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE As Secretary Hillary Clinton

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First debate democracy

The first presidential debate on September 26 is expected to be the most watched debate in history and is quickly approaching. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump must prove to the voters who is best fit to lead our country by putting aside partisan mudslinging and presenting policies that reflect their core values to the viewing public. The most critical issue

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Rep. Pat Williams joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Montana Congressman, Patrick Williams, to the ReFormers Caucus. Congressman Williams is the first ReFormer from Montana, bringing the total number of states represented by the bipartisan coalition up to 42. Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus is comprised of 151 former elected members of Congress and governors who are dedicated to reducing the influence of

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Miami-Dade is one step closer to victory!

While Florida’s well-financed sons Governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio campaigned and lost this cycle’s presidential contest, advocates in Miami-Dade County are still striving for a money-in-politics victory. And thanks to County Judge William Thomas, they just moved one step closer. On Friday, he ordered a citizen-backed referendum that proposes a number of campaign finance-related changes be placed on

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Does Hillary Clinton really want to be president?

Issue One Advisory Board member and former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush asked Hillary Clinton the only question that matters in the discussion about the Clinton Foundation: Do you really want to be president? In his New York Times column, Richard Painter reminds leaders, advocates and everyday Americans alike that he has encountered ethical situations similar to

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Former anti-FEC chair wants FEC to work

So now you want the FEC to work, Donald McGahn? It’s a little too late. Yesterday, Donald Trump’s top political attorney and former Federal Election Commission Chair Donald McGahn spit fire at a super PAC that has raised $1 million by promising donors they could win dinner with the Republican nominee, according to Politico. The PAC is not connected with

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ReFormer Tom Petri on Citizens United, dialing for dollars and congressional gridlock

Rep. Tom Petri, a former Republican Congressman from Wisconsin, recently took listener calls on Wisconsin Public Radio. He is a member of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus, the largest group of bipartisan former lawmakers ever assembled on behalf of money in politics reform. Rep. Petri is one of 50 Republicans in the Caucus who believe reducing the influence of money in

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Gov. Deval Patrick joins the ReFormers Caucus

Issue One is pleased to welcome former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to the ReFormers Caucus. Governor Patrick joins 150 former elected officials from both parties — 22 of whom are also former governors — in their fight to reduce the influence of money in politics. “Governor Patrick made history as the first and only African-American to serve as Massachusetts governor

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