Other Initiatives

Blueprints for Democracy

Designed to meet the challenge of money-in-politics reform with concrete proof – proof that Americans in cities and states all over the country can make their elections more open, their campaigns more transparent and their lawmakers more accountable.

Democracy = National Security

America is only as strong on the global stage as we are at home. Yet, our country’s national security is increasingly paralyzed by dysfunction. Learn why national security experts say, at a time when the dark forces of terrorism and authoritarianism are casting longer and longer shadows across the globe, America needs to be an unblinking beacon of democracy now more than ever. 

Business Leaders for Democracy

Issue One’s Business Leaders for Democracy (BLD) brings together new voices and unique perspectives to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy and amplify a simple message: bad government is bad for business.

Bipartisan Recruitment

Successful reform efforts will require support from across the political spectrum, so Issue One has made it a priority to bring broaden our coalition beyond traditional good government groups. Through collaborative efforts on both sides of the aisle, the faces pushing for new solutions are dramatically more diverse and representative of Americans of both parties.

New Mexico Lobbying Disclosure

In 2014 Issue One provided funding to Common Cause New Mexico, which used the “Price We All Pay” message frame to drive support for specific solutions. Through paid and earned media campaigns, business coalition building and community organizing, the New Mexico legislature passed important new lobbying reforms.

“Price We All Pay” Messaging Research

In order to make clear the connection between money in politics and Americans’ lives, Issue One commissioned in-depth research on how to tie this issue to everyday concerns. The resulting “Price We All Pay” messaging frame makes the issue personally relevant to people from all walks of life, connecting the dots between unfettered money in politics and a broken system that stalls progress on the issues they care about most. Already this groundbreaking work has changed the way the entire reform sector talks about the problem and solutions, and has been adopted at every level of debate, from state-level fights to national figures and organizations.

Strategic Overview

After a highly collaborative research process, Issue One produced its Strategic Overview, an overarching document intended to help donors who are new to the cause of money in politics make sense of the reform sector. The report defines six core categories of work crucial to reform success, along with a summary of strategies that are currently being pursued or can be launched. Issue One will release an updated Overview in the coming months to reflect important progress toward substantive reform.

Unity Statement of Principles

Based off Issue One’s “Price We All Pay” messaging research, the Unity Statement is a collaboration among over 140 organizations across the spectrum of political, advocacy, and interest groups. The statement reflects policies already working in many parts of the country to ensure a democracy where everyone participates and everyone’s voice is heard; where everyone knows who is buying influence in our elections and government; and where politicians play by common sense rules and are held accountable with enforceable penalties to deter bad behavior.


Read “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch Is Broken and What We Can Do About It”

Issue One’s new joint report with the R Street Institute examines the legislative branch’s dysfunction through conversations with members who have voluntarily departed in the 2018 cycle. Read the full report and proposed solutions in “Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch is Broken and What We Can Do About Ithere.