Op-eds

Washington, get your house in order

by former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-Chair. Congress faces a party-straddling, demographic-spanning six percent approval rating from voters outside of the Swamp. As one voter said, “They don’t care about people like me anymore.” Americans believe Washington lacks integrity and that elected officials have forgotten it is character, constituents and consumers who really matter. But instead

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Being in Congress is still about fundraising and voters are tired of it

by Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chair Members of Congress are getting an earful from constituents in town halls across the country about their passions and gripes with government. But it was a woman protesting outside while waiting to speak with her senator who best summed up voters’ frustration with Washington: “They spend a lot of time

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Forget insider trading. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) may have violated House ethics rules

This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill. While Washington and social media are all atwitter over the STOCK Act and the confirmation hearing of Health and Human Services secretary nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), it is a provision in the House ethics rules that should receive attention today. In the past 72 hours, questions have been raised about whether Price’s purchase of stock

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Trump administration should shoulder the burden of developing new ethical standards

This letter to the editor originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It is in response to an earlier editorial about Donald Trump’s business interests. The Journal is right to chastise Washington for its ethics double standard when it comes to the treatment of business folks versus public-interest lawyers (“The Trump Family Political Business,” Review & Outlook, Nov. 18). It is critical to

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Blue-collar voters launch hand grenade into Washington

This op-ed by ReFormers Caucus members Rep. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) originally appeared in The Hill.  The so-called blue Midwest firewall crumbled. The heartland launched a hand grenade into Washington, D.C. Donald Trump won the presidential election by winning traditionally blue-collar workers in Democratic Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. After years of gridlock on Capitol Hill, Republicans now

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Want more women in elected office? Fix our campaign finance system

This letter to the editor originally appeared in the New York Times. It is in response to an earlier article about why women shy away from running for office. It’s not an “ambition gap” that holds women back from our rightful place in elected office, but a systemic flaw in our politics that prioritizes fund-raising prowess over ability, experience and character. “Winning?

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We have a chance to stop conflicts of interest in government

This letter to the editor originally appeared in USA Today. It is in response to an earlier article about companies lobbying the State Department at Clinton fundraisers.  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both been more than happy to point out the failings of their opponent, especially when it pertains to access, influence and “bad business deals.” But Americans want

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It’s time for Congress to update its own ethics laws

In a recent interview with Capitol Bells, Issue One’s Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee made the case that recent accusations and cases of conflicts of interest on Capitol Hill should lead the 115th Congress to update its existing ethics laws. — Meredith McGehee implores Congress to Update its Own Ethics Laws I’m Meredith McGehee, Chief of Policy, Programs,

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Jon Huntsman and Bob Kerrey: First presidential debate must address campaign finance

This op-ed originally appeared in TIME. It is an under-appreciated small miracle that so many Americans are paying close attention to the presidential campaign. Some are predicting that the number of voters watching Monday night’s debate will equal the viewers who watch the Super Bowl. There is reason to hope for another small miracle—that both Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will agree that

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Rep. Martin Frost targets Texas for money in politics shenanigans

This op-ed originally appeared in the Texas Tribune.  While former Gov. Rick Perry may be cha-cha-ing on Dancing with the Stars, it’s the cha-ching of the 2016 presidential campaign Texans should remember. Why? Because high-profile Texans including Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz worked the levers of our broken campaign finance system to the tune of millions of dollars in their race to the

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