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Swamp Stories

Swamp Stories

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A new series brought to you by Issue One that dives into political reform with a conservative lens. It follows our host Weston Wamp — millennial Republican and former candidate for Congress — as he shines a light on the swampiest practices in Washington that repulse Republicans and Democrats alike: Slush funds in Congress, dark money in elections, gerrymandered districts, foreign interference in our elections, dialing for dollars, and more. Voices from the left and right are accompanied by leading reformers who discuss bipartisan solutions to fixing the broken political system and how to take back our government. Swamp Stories is part of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts that examines what's broken in our democracy and how we can work together to fix it.

Latest Episodes

Trailer: Swamp Stories

Episode One launches Monday, January 27th. Subscribe now to make sure you're notified, and follow us @IssueOneReform on Facebook and Twitter to join in the conversation.

2 minJAN 4
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Trailer: Swamp Stories

1. Cashing In

How special interests in Washington overcame conservative opposition to pass the largest social welfare program in a generation. Guests: Former Heritage Foundation President & Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) Former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN-03) Meredith McGehee, Executive Director, Issue One

24 minJAN 27
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1. Cashing In

2. Extorting the People's House

Dialing for dollars. Party dues. They mean the same thing: Congressional leadership extorting members of Congress and turning them into little more than telemarketers. Guests: Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL-03) Former Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA-03), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair (DCCC) Michael Beckel, Research Director, Issue One

20 minFEB 3
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2. Extorting the People's House

3. Secret Slush Funds

Little-known slush funds let elected leaders vacation at five-star resorts, spend tens of thousands of dollars at steakhouses steps from the Capitol, and upgrade their wardrobe one pair of shoes at a time — all under the guise of “fundraising.” But learn about why living lavishly leads to one member of Congress being thrown in jail, and others treating it as business as usual. Guests: Former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA-33), Chair, House Energy and Commerce, House Oversight Committees Tyler Cole, Legislative Director, Issue One

21 minFEB 10
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3. Secret Slush Funds

4. The Super PAC Surprise

Billionaires, political consultants, and super PACs have more control in our political system than ever. And both parties are playing the game to win. Here’s how to begin fixing it. Guests: Mark McKinnon, former George W. Bush & John McCain Political Advisor; Host of SHOWTIME’s “The Circus” Trevor Potter, former Federal Election Commission Chair & Campaign Legal Center President

19 minFEB 17
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4. The Super PAC Surprise

5. A Gerrymandering Tale You Haven't Heard

“Politicians should not choose their voters.” That simple statement is at the heart of why no reform issue has gained more crosspartisan momentum in recent years than getting rid of so-called gerrymandering. But both parties have years of work and millions of dollars invested in drawing districts that benefit one team more than the other. Guests: Former Presidential Candidate & Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) Katie Fahey, Executive Director, The People Josh Silver, Executive Director, Represent.Us

19 minFEB 24
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5. A Gerrymandering Tale You Haven't Heard

6. Dark Money Shell Game

In 2010, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to record amounts of secret cash flowing into our elections. Here’s how it works - and why we have to stop it.

25 minMAR 2
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6. Dark Money Shell Game

Introducing: Democracy Works

This episode is from the "Democracy Works" podcast from the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. They talk with congressional scholar Frances Lee about polarization and gridlock in Congress - how we got here and why bipartisanship is so hard. Swamp Stories and Democracy Works are both part of the "Democracy Group" podcast network. Learn more at www.democracygroup.org. Swamp Stories will return on March 16 with a new episode.

38 minMAR 9
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Introducing: Democracy Works

7. Beating the Machine

Conventional wisdom says the candidate who has the most money wins on election night. But that’s not always true, and we’ll talk about how David has beaten Goliath in recent years as candidates turn to small-dollar fundraising, digital-first campaigns, and grassroots armies to beat the system.

18 minMAR 16
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7. Beating the Machine

8. The Russians are Coming

In 2016 and 2018, foreign actors including Russia, China, and Iran interfered in our elections and tried to disrupt our political system. Here’s how we can stop them from succeeding in 2020.

21 minMAR 30
Comments
8. The Russians are Coming

Latest Episodes

Trailer: Swamp Stories

Episode One launches Monday, January 27th. Subscribe now to make sure you're notified, and follow us @IssueOneReform on Facebook and Twitter to join in the conversation.

2 minJAN 4
Comments
Trailer: Swamp Stories

1. Cashing In

How special interests in Washington overcame conservative opposition to pass the largest social welfare program in a generation. Guests: Former Heritage Foundation President & Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) Former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN-03) Meredith McGehee, Executive Director, Issue One

24 minJAN 27
Comments
1. Cashing In

2. Extorting the People's House

Dialing for dollars. Party dues. They mean the same thing: Congressional leadership extorting members of Congress and turning them into little more than telemarketers. Guests: Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL-03) Former Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA-03), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair (DCCC) Michael Beckel, Research Director, Issue One

20 minFEB 3
Comments
2. Extorting the People's House

3. Secret Slush Funds

Little-known slush funds let elected leaders vacation at five-star resorts, spend tens of thousands of dollars at steakhouses steps from the Capitol, and upgrade their wardrobe one pair of shoes at a time — all under the guise of “fundraising.” But learn about why living lavishly leads to one member of Congress being thrown in jail, and others treating it as business as usual. Guests: Former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA-33), Chair, House Energy and Commerce, House Oversight Committees Tyler Cole, Legislative Director, Issue One

21 minFEB 10
Comments
3. Secret Slush Funds

4. The Super PAC Surprise

Billionaires, political consultants, and super PACs have more control in our political system than ever. And both parties are playing the game to win. Here’s how to begin fixing it. Guests: Mark McKinnon, former George W. Bush & John McCain Political Advisor; Host of SHOWTIME’s “The Circus” Trevor Potter, former Federal Election Commission Chair & Campaign Legal Center President

19 minFEB 17
Comments
4. The Super PAC Surprise

5. A Gerrymandering Tale You Haven't Heard

“Politicians should not choose their voters.” That simple statement is at the heart of why no reform issue has gained more crosspartisan momentum in recent years than getting rid of so-called gerrymandering. But both parties have years of work and millions of dollars invested in drawing districts that benefit one team more than the other. Guests: Former Presidential Candidate & Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) Katie Fahey, Executive Director, The People Josh Silver, Executive Director, Represent.Us

19 minFEB 24
Comments
5. A Gerrymandering Tale You Haven't Heard

6. Dark Money Shell Game

In 2010, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to record amounts of secret cash flowing into our elections. Here’s how it works - and why we have to stop it.

25 minMAR 2
Comments
6. Dark Money Shell Game

Introducing: Democracy Works

This episode is from the "Democracy Works" podcast from the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. They talk with congressional scholar Frances Lee about polarization and gridlock in Congress - how we got here and why bipartisanship is so hard. Swamp Stories and Democracy Works are both part of the "Democracy Group" podcast network. Learn more at www.democracygroup.org. Swamp Stories will return on March 16 with a new episode.

38 minMAR 9
Comments
Introducing: Democracy Works

7. Beating the Machine

Conventional wisdom says the candidate who has the most money wins on election night. But that’s not always true, and we’ll talk about how David has beaten Goliath in recent years as candidates turn to small-dollar fundraising, digital-first campaigns, and grassroots armies to beat the system.

18 minMAR 16
Comments
7. Beating the Machine

8. The Russians are Coming

In 2016 and 2018, foreign actors including Russia, China, and Iran interfered in our elections and tried to disrupt our political system. Here’s how we can stop them from succeeding in 2020.

21 minMAR 30
Comments
8. The Russians are Coming
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