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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.

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Trailer: Swamp Stories

Trailer: Swamp Stories

2020-01-0338:458

Issue One is the leading crosspartisan political reform group in Washington, uniting Republicans, Democrats, and independents to fix our broken system. More info at IssueOne.org.
Cashing In

Cashing In

2020-01-2724:423

In 2003, PhRMA and other special interests in Washington overcame conservative opposition in Congress — including then-Reps. Mike Pence (R-IN), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and others —  to pass the largest social welfare program in a generation, Medicare Part D (the prescription drug program). But what nobody knew at the time was one member of Congress in particular was cashing in and preparing to walk through the revolving door to work for the pharmaceutical industry.Guests:Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) & former Heritage Foundation PresidentFormer Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) & Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairIssue One Executive Director Meredith McGeheeMore show notes at www.swampstories.org. Follow Issue One on Twitter. Follow Weston Wamp on Twitter.
During their orientation on Capitol Hill, new members of Congress learn about a decades-old tradition often referred to as dialing for dollars, or dues. Political leaders effectively turn newly elected lawmakers into telemarketers — exchanging seats on committees for contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars, and sometimes millions, to the political parties.Guests:Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)Former Rep. Vic Fazio (D-CA) & Former DCCC ChairIssue One Research Director Michael BeckelMore show notes at www.swampstories.org. Follow Issue One on Twitter. Follow Weston Wamp on Twitter.
Secret Slush Funds

Secret Slush Funds

2020-02-1022:406

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.GuestsFormer Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)Issue One Legislative Director Tyler ColeMore show notes at www.swampstories.org. Follow Issue One on Twitter. Follow Weston Wamp on Twitter.
The Super PAC Surprise

The Super PAC Surprise

2020-02-1720:266

Billionaires, political consultants, and the 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.GuestsMark 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 Founder and PresidentMore show notes at www.swampstories.org. Follow Issue One on Twitter. Follow Weston Wamp on Twitter.
“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 Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and former presidential candidateKatie Fahey, The People, Executive DirectorJosh Silver, Represent.Us, Executive DirectorMore show notes at www.swampstories.org. Follow Issue One on Twitter. Follow Weston Wamp on Twitter.
Dark Money Shell Game

Dark Money Shell Game

2020-03-0226:214

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.Guests:Former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK)Anna Massoglia, Center for Responsive Politics, ResearcherMore show notes at www.swampstories.org. Follow Issue One on Twitter. Follow Weston Wamp on Twitter.
This is a guest episode from the "Democracy Works" podcast. Swamp Stories will return  on March 16 with a new episode. Full notes at www.swampstories.org. Follow Issue One on Twitter.
Beating the Machine

Beating the Machine

2020-03-1619:123

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.
The Russians are Coming

The Russians are Coming

2020-03-3022:094

Guests:Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN), Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-ChairNick Penniman, Issue One Founder and CEOLiz Howard, Counsel, Brennan Center’s Democracy ProgramLearn more about Issue One's "Don't Mess With US" project and solutions to help prevent foreign interference in our political system at https://www.dontmesswithus.org.You can find all episodes of Swamp Stories at https://www.swampstories.org.
Episode Guests:Former Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairMeredith McGehee, Issue One Executive DirectorResources:Issue One Report: The Ethics Blind Spot (February 2018)How Congress can prevent conflicts of interest (April 2020)Insider Trading by Members of Congress Must Be Stopped (April 2020)
The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

2020-04-2414:421

Guests:Michael Steele, Former Republican National Committee ChairDenise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of the StateAdditional Resources:Op-ed: “How Congress must aid states to ensure safe and secure elections” (April 2020)Washington Post: We need to pay for our democracy (March 2020)Issue One applauds downpayment on voting assistance in stimulus bill, calls on Congress to provide more resources in future measures (March 2020)Letter from Michael Steele and the U.S. Vote Foundation to the Senate Rules Committee urging funding for state (March 2020)Bipartisan Policy Center: The November Presidential Election Needs Emergency Federal Funding (March 2020)National Conference of State Legislatures: State Laws Governing Early Voting
We joined some of our fellow Democracy Group members for a special bonus episode about COVID-19's impact on politics at the local, state, national, and international levels.On this episode:Jenna Spinelle: Host of Democracy WorksLuke Knittig: Host of In the ArenaJeremi Suri: Host of This is DemocracyRachel Tausenfreund: Host of Out of OrderWeston Wamp: Host of Swamp Stories
This episode has been updated with additional information.Guest List:Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Chairman of the Select Committee on the Modernization of CongressRep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), Member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of CongressRep. William Timmons (R-SC), Member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of CongressBetsy Wright Hawkings, Managing Partner, Article One Advisors, LCCErin Hustings, Legislative Counsel, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) J.B. Lyon, Co-founder of the Rebuild Congress Initiative; Managing Director of Mt. Independent InvestmentsBruce Patton, Co-founder of the Rebuild Congress Initiative; Co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
Shadow Lobbying

Shadow Lobbying

2020-06-0118:231

Guests:Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA)Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN)
Hidden Trillions

Hidden Trillions

2020-06-2515:43

Guests:Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN)Danielle Brian, Project on Government Oversight Executive Director
Comments (4)

Michael Metz

First, great show(s). At the same time makes me sick to hear about all the sludge. To me, some simple first steps: 1. No lobbyist (or strict conditions) 2. Whe congress goes on recess how come they don't have townhall meetings (I know some do; I've seen the news). 3. Bills, keep them simple. If submitting something about infrastucture don't stick something in about overseas issues. Anyway, keep up the good work.

May 25th
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E J

Wow! Very informative

Mar 2nd
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E J

Geez, I wonder how long this has been going on. I always knew politicians could not be trusted, but this is terribly overt of them. It seems like they believe they are "the anointed", like they deserve to be able to do this kind of cheating, left and right alike. We really deserve better representation.

Feb 24th
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