Executive Order

Were you listening, Mr. President?

“What we need is a real debate between candidates right now about exactly what they would do to fix this problem.” Executive Director Nick Penniman talked with C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and answered calls from viewers around the country about why voters need to demand real solutions from candidates for elected office—whether state representative, member of Congress or the next president.

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Members of Both Parties Issue Strong Words to the President on Dark Money

Yesterday a bipartisan group of former lawmakers and government officials issued strong statements to President Obama urging him to follow through with an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Listen the the recording below. Executive Order Telepress Call Recording “We need to shine a bright light on the dark money in our federal contracting system,”

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Take Back Our Republic to Rally in Front of White House

Tomorrow the conservative money-in-politics group Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) will be holding a rally in front of the White House to urge President Obama to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending. Citing the possibility of foreign and other illicit contributions impacting American elections, TBOR strongly supports increased transparency in elections. Writing today in

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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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Ambassador Roemer Addresses Money in Politics on Morning Joe

This morning Issue One Strategic Adviser Ambassador Tim Roemer appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to make the case that money-in-politics reform is on the horizon. “We see across the country referendums popping up at the state level,” he said. “Maine passed a referendum to clean up their politics. Seattle. San Francisco. And the president of the United States… he could sign

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Petition for Increased Disclosure in Elections to Get White House Response

The campaign finance reform community has the president’s ear. In exciting news, a “We the People” petition to the president demanding increased transparency in our elections has now garnered more than 100,000 signatures. This means the White House must respond. The petition, organized by Rootstrikers, calls for the president to issue an executive order that would mandate that federal contractors

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Pay-to-Play is Bad for Business

Growing up, my father would often tell stories of his days as a professional musician. A major lesson he imparted on me is that a musician should never pay to perform. Venues charge artists in order to exploit young, inexperienced acts seeking an audience and recognition. Never let anyone take advantage of your ability, he would say. In politics, however,

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