Op-eds

Donors who want social change should do more to fix democracy

This op-ed originally appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. For every generation of Americans there arises a critical and often unexpected challenge that demands thoughtful, effective, and cooperative action in the public interest. For Americans today, the most vital possible cause is at stake. That is the issue that contains and defines all other issues in our civic life: the

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Rep. Tom Petri blasts congressional fundraising

This op-ed originally appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal. Americans have witnessed another year of divided Washington in action — or should I say inaction. This year the gridlock is over guns and Supreme Court nominees. When I served in Congress it was over whether to raise the minimum wage. The burden of governing is heavy and not meant to be easily

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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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ReFormer Sen. Alan Simpson to GOP Debate: Discuss Solutions to Money in Politics

Today, Time published an op-ed by Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), co-chair of Issue One’s Advisory Board and active member of our ReFormers Caucus. In this piece, the former GOP senator urges the Republican presidential candidates participating in tonight’s  debate to seize the moment and share their solutions for the problem they all decry of money’s outsized dominance in our political system:

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Huntsman and Roemer: Level of Money in Politics Threatens “The Future of Our Democracy”

Big news! Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-UT) and Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN), two members of our bipartisan ReFormers Caucus, on Wednesday wrote a strong piece in Politico describing solutions to our governing crisis that Republicans in tonight’s debate should support. Appearing in the online Magazine and in print, their thought piece is one of the most high-profile validations thus far of the ReFormers and the

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Tim Roemer in Newsweek: “Are You Feeling the Pain?”

Tim Roemer, former Indiana congressman and ambassador to India, has a simple question: are you feeling the pain? Even if you think you aren’t, the situation on Capitol Hill ensures we’re all feeling duped by our politicians. Because of money in politics and the skyrocketing cost of campaigns, our elected officials are forced to spend almost half their time fundraising

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