Research Director Michael Beckel joined Issue One in March 2017. He previously spent eight years working as an award-winning journalist at the Center for Public Integrity and Center for Responsive Politics. He has uncovered donors to secretive dark money groups and has exposed shady political operations, including a purportedly pro-Bernie Sanders super PAC that collected nearly $50,000 from “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig in 2015. Michael is a 2005 graduate of Colorado College.

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Congress needs to act immediately to provide states with the emergency federal funding they need to run safe, secure and credible elections in November. The previous federal funding was an important down payment, but reports from state and local election officials indicate substantially more federal emergency assistance is needed as soon as possible. Issue One and many others are working to convince Senators to vote in July for more funding so that our November elections are safe, secure, and fair.