"Our hearts go out to Senator John McCain and his family today, and our prayers will certainly be with him as he does what he has done throughout his life- fight. A true American patriot, McCain's willingness to fight for his country as a soldier, as a POW, and as a public servant has impacted lives around the globe. At Take Back Our Republic, we are particularly inspired by the maverick's willingness to be among the first to recognize the problem of big money in politics. While McCain-Feingold was not a perfect solution, his fortitude in seeing the problem, taking [...]
In a recent OpEd penned by Common Cause for NPR affiliate, NRWG, Take Back Our Republic was mentioned as a conservative organization fighting for commonsense campaign finance reform in New Mexico. "Reforming disclosure rules in New Mexico has also been supported by a number of prominent national Republicans, including Trevor Potter, a Republican lawyer and former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and John Pudner, a Republican activist and executive director of Take Back Our Republic. " Take Back Our Republic is working hard in New Mexico to stop dark money from drowning out the voice of the people. With new disclosure [...]
Take Back Executive Director John Pudner returned to Take Back Our Republic's launch site, Grover Norquist's weekly center-right meeting. While discussions are off the record, more than 100 conservative leaders received material on Take Back's educational effort in unverified credit card contributions. Pudner holds other materials from attendees - ranging from vapers, to the federal budget, to a Congressional leader, to pro-life issues to national review's latest cover on HBO's Game of Thrones.
The Badger State continues to be a hotbed for reform. There, grassroots movements are thriving in communities- 108 to be exact. With the addition of Liberty Grove, that’s the number of Wisconsin communities who have called for a referendum. This referendum would allow voters to determine whether the state should call for a constitutional amendment to address campaign finance reform. There are 19 other states who have made similar calls. Door County United to Amend, which is coordinating the charge there, said in a release that it hopes the amendment would address “dark money spent by super-PAC groups to attack [...]
In today’s climate, there may be no greater challenge than getting a super-majority of Americans to agree on anything. Yet, the AP found one such issue in a recent poll. “Three-quarters of Americans agree that people like themselves have too little influence in Washington, rare unanimity across political, economic, racial and geographical lines and including both those who approve and disapprove of President Donald Trump, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.” This is not an academic debate, nor is it something seen only by those who are paying attention. It is something [...]
Statement by Take Back Our Republic’s John Pudner on Federal Election Commission Meeting on alleged foreign interference in American elections As an American citizen and voter, I am stunned by the amount of media coverage and government resources that are being spent chasing the question of whether Russia influenced the 2016 election. I think many of my fellow Americans would agree with my perspective: our elections have already been so thoroughly influenced by special interests and Big Money – how much more ‘influence’ could Russia possibly exert over the process? Yesterday’s AP poll was just the latest [...]
We have previously covered the campaign finance issues with the recent special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. Both candidates- Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel- did nothing illegal, but activities surrounding those campaigns embodied rationale for reform. Now, there are concerns about the leader they campaign to replace, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Groups are launching complaints that the former congressman gave $40,000 from his accounts to America Rising, the pro-Trump group that aired ads and conducted research aimed at confirming Price. “On or around the date that Price for Congress reported its $40,000 payment to America Rising [...]
Auburn, AL – Friday the Board of Directors for Take Back Our Republic elected LaNell Morold as its first full-time President to build the national effort leading up to the September 28 Annual Board Meeting in Washington. The 13 Board Members (see bios below) who elected Morold remains unchanged since May 2016, and include distinguished business, political and community leaders from across the country. The election was by a unanimous 11-0 vote, with Morold abstaining from votes regarding her new position and only Dr. Richard Painter unable to participate because he was out-of-country speaking during the Board Meeting. “I appreciate [...]
John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative government reform group and a Bannon ally, says he has mixed feelings on the administration’s use of Washington insiders in lower-level administrative positions. “At some point, at the lower level, you have to have people who understand the process,” Pudner says. “The rock and the hard place is you need to have people who get things done but you don’t want people married to the system who take the job because it looks good on their résumé.” Read more HERE.
"Close to 200 residents of Maine and New Hampshire marched from John Paul Jones Park in Kittery, Maine, to Market Square in downtown Portsmouth on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness for the need for clean elections in New Hampshire." Take Back's own Liz Iacobucci was a guest speaker at the rally at the end of the march. You can read more about the march to promote clean elections here.