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Recently, TBOR board member and constitutional scholar Dr. Richard Painter provided testimony in a campaign corruption case in Alaska. Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who appeared as an expert witness for the state told the court, "Elected officials should be dependent on voters. It's the money that corrupts people -- not voters." He also said, "Corruption is dependency. The candidate doing something he normally wouldn't do because of money." To read the entire piece, click here.
John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative group, said although Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump has come closest to addressing campaign finance reform, even the business tycoon has never gone beyond mentioning it as a problem. "I don’t think Trump has ever proposed a solution,” Pudner said. The entire article can be found here.
Many called us about the great op-ed by Dr. Richard Painter, a Member of Our Board, in the New York Times. If you did miss it, please click here to take a look.
Our Stand While many people are resigned to the current state of affairs in the campaign finance arena, we believe there is much that can and should be done to fix this broken system. We believe that the way in which we elect our officials is not a partisan issue; it is an American issue. But it is an issue that far too many people feel is beyond their control, that far too few people engage in, and that far too often lacks solutions consistent with conservative principles. Our organization was formed and is run by individuals who understand the [...]
The Take Back Our Republic Board of Directors met in New Orleans February 3, and elected Francis Johnson to a full year term as President, and elected three new members to their first full-year terms. Johnson splits time between Washington DC and San Diego, California, and his bio and those of other returning Board Members can be seen by clicking here, except for the separate bios of original Board Members Dr. Richard Painter and Mark McKinnon. Francis Johnson: President The three new members elected to their first full year term appear from left to right in the top row; Sarah [...]
DALLAS - Texas Take Back Our Republic Coordinators Itamar Gelbman and Patricia Embry, joined Executive Director John Pudner (photo above) wrapped up a week of Texas meetings with an appeal for conservatives to join the fight for reform. The third Texas Coordinator Eric Yang is at Harvard for the school year. Pudner made the case that libertarians should reject the argument that they should favor no reform, and allow systems such as South Dakota's law allowing secret gifts to politicians, pointing out that to do so actually allows more government intervention in business by picking winners and losers. The speech [...]
The TV ratings are in! More than 1.1 million people watched Take Back's Executive Director John Pudner on "The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton" on Sunday, July 30. That was a 26% increase in the show’s audience from the previous week -- far more viewers than watched CNN's "The Nineties" and almost double the number who watched MSNBC's "Dateline Extra" during the time slot. Take Back coordinators organized house parties to watch Pudner's interview; and tweets encouraging viewership reached hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers of leaders across the political spectrum, including Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer; Trump critic and Bush Ethics czar [...]