Super PACs

How to tell the difference between super PACs and dark money groups

America First Policies, the nonprofit run by former Trump staffers and dedicated to supporting the president’s policies, has attracted a lot of news coverage over the past few weeks, between its avid participation in the Georgia special election and its ads targeting Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) for not supporting the Senate health care bill. But even veteran reporters have been

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President Trump closed a door and opened a tollbooth

In response to Trump administration advisers launching the political nonprofit group America First Policies to support President Trump’s policies, Issue One Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy Meredith McGehee issued the following statement: “Here’s the problem: It’s a sitting president. He’s in the business of raising money for an outside entity, and it creates a very stark opportunity for access and influence

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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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Lights, Camera, Campaign Finance!: Issue One on C-SPAN

Why is national security a money in politics issue? Did the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision really allow for more speech by more people in the political process? What, exactly, are states doing to tackle campaign finance issues in their local elections? These are just a few of the topics on today’s C-SPAN Washington Journal which spent three hours talking

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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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GOP Debate All Reform Style, no Reform Substance

While several candidates in last night’s CNBC Republican primary debate made mention of the side effects of money in politics, once again, none offered substantive solutions to fix America’s governing crisis. Both Carly Fiorina and Sen. Ted Cruz decried the insidious symbiotic relationship between government, special interests and lobbyists. But without providing concrete policies, such as banning contributions from lobbyists

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Is Trump Illegally Coordinating with a Super PAC?

New reporting from the Washington Post today explores potential coordination between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and a super PAC that can take in unlimited donations from the types of wealthy special interests Trump has spent his campaign lambasting. Here’s the lowdown: Trump has criticized the rest of the Republican field for cozying up to the wealthy donors that fund

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California Implements Tough New Anti-Coordination Laws

California’s campaign finance enforcement agency on Thursday announced new rules governing coordination between campaigns and outside groups making political expenditures. Under the rules, the Sacramento Bee reports, campaigns and independent organizations will be required to prove that coordination between the groups is not happening, increasing accountability on both sides. When the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for largely unregulated outside

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Campaign or Super PAC? Carly Fiorina’s Outsourced Candidacy

It’s July, which means two things in DC: humidity and campaign fundraising disclosure. As PACs and candidates like Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz release their second quarter figures, observers can gauge how the field is shaping up at this early stage. For candidates at the top, this deadline serves as a prime opportunity for muscle-flexing – showing dominance to potential

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