money in politics

Why Renee Ellmers Is Being Primaried by Special Interests

Renee Ellmers has an election today – and she’s in trouble. A Republican congresswoman from North Carolina elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, Ellmers is facing two primary challengers after an irregular mid-decade redistricting. But the two opposing candidates are not her only challenges. She’s also the target of at least six-figures of spending in political ads and

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What De Blasio’s Sketchy Spreadsheet Means For New York

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, once a champion for money-in-politics reform, has been caught red-handed. The New York Daily News has acquired a spreadsheet from the mayor’s administration with a detailed list of potential appointments to city committees and boards—and it’s chock full of de Blasio’s donors. The list is littered with donors to de Blasio’s 2013 campaign,

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Look Who is Right on the Money

Before Donald Trump was for accepting donations from wealthy donors, he was attacking it. But as one Republican said, “If there is one thing that unites both parties up here, it’s money.” Today, we’re launching a new resource called “Right on the Money” to highlight conservative and Republican research, polling and statements from elected officials, thought-leaders and voters about what we believe

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ReFormers to Congress: It is Time to Lead Again

Today, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an op-ed by Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson (R) and Rep. Gerald Sikorski (D-MN), members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus.  The piece highlights the increased scrutiny members of Congress are facing following a 60 Minutes segment about the four hours a day they spend ‘dialing for dollars.’   “How ‘dialing for dollars’ has perverted Congress”   A few lawmakers recently

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Money in Politics is a Crisis—And John Oliver Just Proved it

Let’s stop giving members of Congress a pass. Here’s what I mean: While the media, and even the presidential candidates themselves, rail against super PACs, our democracy is being hollowed out by a problem that existed long before Citizens United—“hard money” fundraising by Congress. Last night, on Last Week Tonight, show host John Oliver absolutely eviscerated Congress for members’ endless

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On Super Tuesday, A Battle Plan to Save Democracy

Tens of millions of political dollars have been injected into the 12 states holding their primaries this Super Tuesday as the presidential candidates angle for the 1,639 delegates that are up for grabs. Because of such massive outlays, political spending in 2016 will likely reach $10 billion, blowing the roof off all previous records. Yet, amidst the blinding blizzard of

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ReFormers Caucus Marks Buckley Anniversary

On January 30th, Issue One partnered with the U.S. Archives and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (USAFMC) to host a dynamic and robust discussion on the evolution and consequences of money in politics. On the 40th anniversary of Buckley v. Valeo, the case first responsible for conflating money with speech, panelists advocated for a series of reforms

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