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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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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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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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DC Court Upholds Pay-to-Play Ban

Some great news came out of the courts Tuesday, as the DC Court of Appeals upheld a law barring federal contractors from making contributions in federal elections. The ban, which has been in place since 1940, is designed to prevent a pay-to-play system by which companies can only receive contracts by donating to elected officials. Issue One supports these bans,

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Solutions 101: The Disclosure System We Have Now

Disclosure requirements are varied, complicated, and poorly enforced. That’s a problem, because where there is confusion, subversion and outright disregard for the law abounds. As campaign finance law has mutated and adapted to contemporary conditions, it fragmented, building the splintered disclosure apparatus we have today. Following reforms in the late 1970s, political parties became especially dominant within the campaign finance process. So-called

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Solutions 101: What is Disclosure?

Disclosure is the foundation of campaign finance regulation. Being able to follow the money in our elections allows the public to hold those who give it and spend it responsible. Money matters – and society should be able to see where it goes. Essentially, disclosure requirements are in place to show who is giving money in politics, whether that money

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How to Run for President Without Declaring Your Candidacy

The presumed frontrunner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination had raised millions of dollars, traveled around the country, and given speech after speech about the future of the nation, all before declaring himself a candidate. If you want to cut Jeb Bush’s newly-minted campaign a check, you’ll be bound by current campaign contribution limits to $2,700. Until he formally announced his

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Alabama Gets Tough on Campaign Finance

Some good news out of Alabama, where state legislators have recognized that without well-defined regulations and clear enforcement mechanisms, it is impossible to monitor the flow of money into and out of elections. Alabama’s newly amended campaign finance laws prioritize making regulations clearer and more effective. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur), fills a major oversight gap by authorizing

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Reform in the States: A Roundup

This is part of a series examining ethics, transparency and campaign finance proposals in the states.  Washington, D.C. is the only place in the country where money-in-politics reform is a tough sell. Outside the Beltway, America’s cities and states are taking the lead in implementing innovative policy solutions that get to the heart of the problem. Here’s a run-down on what’s happening right

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