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Will Republicans Embrace Campaign Finance Reform?

December 11, 2018 @ 7:18 pm
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Federal filings through mid-November, as compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, show that among donations from the top 25 individual contributors to federal candidates, parties, political action committees, and “527” advocacy groups, $232.9 million went to Republicans and conservatives, and $236.9 million to Democrats and liberals. What about organizational spending? Consider super PACs, those curious manifestations of campaign finance law that the Center for Responsive Politics says “may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates.” Super PACS can’t donate money directly to candidates [...]

Report Connects Money Spent at Trump Properties with Presidential Support

December 5, 2018 @ 5:52 pm
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President Trump’s significant personal fortune helped galvanize support from those who hoped his business acumen would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy. While those supporters see reasons that to believe their hopes have been validated, others concerned that his wealth would raise doubts about his motivations likewise believe they’ve been proven right. The vast holdings of POTUS have raised concerns on various fronts, but one recent report links Trump endorsements to those who spend money at his hotels. On one occasion, President Trump signaled support for Kevin McCarthy’s bid to lead Republicans in the House (at that time, [...]

Democrats to Tackle Reform with First Bill

December 3, 2018 @ 5:24 pm
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After 8 years out of power, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House are hoping the control granted them by the voters in 2018 will be more than just a short-term stint. To that end, they’ve wisely selected an issue that resonates with the American people for their first legislative issue: reform. Rep. John Sarbanes will take the lead on the issue, and, as we have discussed frequently the intense degree of public support for these issues. Should Democrats prove successful in passing legislation that the public feels restores influence to ordinary citizens, they will seize an opportunity Republicans [...]

John Pudner Key Note Speaker at Wooster Rotary

November 29, 2018 @ 2:45 am
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This past Monday Executive Director John Pudner had the opportunity to speak to a large crowd at the monthly Wooster, Ohio Rotary Club meeting. To listen to John's speech in its entirety click HERE.    

Report Connects Money Spent at Trump Properties with Presidential Support

November 28, 2018 @ 5:55 pm
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President Trump’s significant personal fortune helped galvanize support from those who hoped his business acumen would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy. While those supporters see reasons that to believe their hopes have been validated, others concerned that his wealth would raise doubts about his motivations likewise believe they’ve been proven right. The vast holdings of POTUS have raised concerns on various fronts, but one recent report links Trump endorsements to those who spend money at his hotels. On one occasion, President Trump signaled support for Kevin McCarthy’s bid to lead Republicans in the House (at that time, [...]

Pudner Talks Senate Races and Campaign Finance in NewsMax

November 19, 2018 @ 8:46 pm
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One of the few issues that could unite people across the Rural vs. Urban and Coasts vs. Middle America chasm is money-in-politics reform, where we helped achieve a great referendum victory for campaign finance reform and an ethics board in North Dakota the same day the state also handed the GOP their most lopsided Senate flip. Silver’s accuracy should also cause conservatives to question some of the leaders' opposition to any rules on money in politics. Silver’s calculations indicate that if the money were even for the final month the Republicans would have won five more seats to potentially trail [...]

Trump Could Have Blown Out Clinton with Ranked Choice Voting

November 16, 2018 @ 11:54 pm
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Conservatives reading this Washington Post report on the first instant Ranked-Choice Vote (RVC) resulting in the Democrats picking up an extra Congressional seat in Maine may be surprised to hear a judge appointed by Trump provided the strong decision allowing the process. In upholding the law, the Trump appointee states: “...there is no dispute that the RCV Act, the product of a citizens’ initiative, was motivated by a desire to enable third-party and non-party candidates to participate in the political process, and to enable voters to express support for such candidates, without producing the spoiler effect. In this way, the RCV [...]

Facebook Faces Ongoing “Censorship” Critique

November 16, 2018 @ 7:52 pm
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Very few Americans wanted to see the “status quo” continue on Facebook after the 2016 election cycle, one that saw the social media platform infiltrated and weaponized by opponents to our democracy. As Facebook makes changes, however, it continues to face backlash as those it removes for being “fake news” or “ad farms” cry foul and allege censorship. In a study conducted by The Western Journal, a conservative media outlet, the overwhelming majority of the pages shut down were right-leaning. To read what they wrote as well as their concerns about the misdirection from Facebook, see: https://www.westernjournal.com/facebook-silences-political-speech/. There is still plenty [...]

Midterms Break the Bank

November 15, 2018 @ 9:36 pm
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The rapid growth of the influence of money in politics continued with the 2018 midterm cycle. An astonishing $5.2 billion was spent on elections that, essentially, resulted in a divided government poised for gridlock over the next 2 years. For conservatives, that money bought, perhaps, the opportunity to confirm more Trump judges. For liberals, that money bought, possibly, the ability to fund the ongoing Mueller investigation. And, meanwhile, the American people are all-the-more sick of politics and $5.2 billion that could have launched new companies or fed the hungry instead went to politicians. All told, 5 Senate races- topped by [...]

Maine’s 2nd Congressional District at Intersection of Reform Issues

November 14, 2018 @ 8:33 pm
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For months, money has been pouring into Maine as Democrats hoped to knock off Rep. Bruce Poliquin. In fact, as of November 4th, the state’s 2nd Congressional District had been subject to more than $12 million in outside spending. This represents yet another instance where outside spending outpaced what the candidates themselves were able to raise, with the top 2 contenders, Poliquin and Democrat Jared Golden, raising a combined $8,342,698 for the October 17th filing period. Among the incredible outside spending came significant dark money from the left-leaning Patriot Majority USA ($2.3 million). The group funded an ad attacking Poliquin [...]