Over the years, we've heard lots of ideas on how to improve the campaign finance system - at every level of government. Which proposals do you think should be top priority? Take the poll HERE!
In our study on lobbying, we go on quite the rabbit trail again this week as we look at a culture of corruption in New York. Like our most recent paper on the subject, we understand that we are being somewhat tangential. However, we continue to believe that loose laws and a culture where influence is held by the few leads to other problems. Consider one such example in the handling of stipends given to committee chairpersons. The system, which needs to be reconsidered even without this example of corruption, was recently openly abused. The New York Times authored a [...]
On Wednesday, Take Back Executive Director John Pudner joined Greg Schneider (Information Systems Director at Follow the Money, Dan Morain (Editorial Page Editor at The Sacramento Bee), and Daniel Newman (President and Co-Founder of MapLight) at the Global Election Technology Summit in San Francisco for a panel discussion on technology, campaign finance reform, and current events.
Scam PAC Operators Raided by FBI By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Political consultants make for an easy punching bag. They make big money, but the connections to insiders and a perceived preference of financial gain over principles make the industry one of the nation’s most hated. There is a segment of the industry, however, that has become even more reviled- those that use their political connections to operate fraudulent PACs. While what a candidate chooses to pay a consultant is their business, those who run “scam PACs” are preying on activist voters- attempting to mislead and confuse. One such [...]
AUBURN, AL- Last week, we took a by the numbers look at the problems in New York- one of the greatest growth states in lobbying around the country. Sadly, the numbers do not even tell the full story. In the coming days, we will have information on the New York LLC loophole that we have discussed previously. However, there are far more issues in the Empire State. Loose laws in the state are driving increasing criticism that public officials are using their positions to get rich. While former Speaker Sheldon Silver, who took $4 million in kickbacks from two law [...]
Take Back Our Republic Board Member Francis Johnson, right, took Executive Director John Pudner through an impressive array of leaders in San Diego Thursday. Meetings included Republicans attending an RNC meeting, the offices of Members of the Democratic Delegation (Rep. Susan Davis and Scott Peters) and the operation of the Independent Voter Project. Next week Pudner moves to Northern California for meetings set up by Western Developmental Director Doug Nickle.
On Tuesday, Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner met with members of the organization's New York Chapter before attending an event hosted by Grace Foundation that featured Lauren Bush Lauren - granddaughter of president George H.W. Bush.
Campaign Finance Limits Stay in Missouri By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Missouri, a state at the forefront of the campaign finance and ethics debate, will keep donation limits set by the voters in the November 2016 election. Voters overwhelmingly backed a measure that set a maximum campaign contribution of $2,600 to individual candidates and $25,000 to party committees. That measure was backed by bold reform advocate Fred Sauer, a Republican businessman from the state. Special interests, however, brought the new law before the court- which kept the limits but discarded other parts of the measure which ban certain types [...]
Current System of Entitlement at Center of Corrine Brown Downfall By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Late in 2016, we wrote about the current system of self-enrichment- where politicians use their political office to get rich and live lavish lifestyles. When we wrote that paper, former Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) was one of the “bad actors” we cited. Brown, who served 12 terms in Congress, frequently had the House Ethics Commission looking into her issues. However, as we noted in last year’s paper, the commission lacked the ability to fully investigate Brown. Now, out of office, she is on trial [...]
Last week, Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner and Jeff Clements of American Promise were on Boston Herald Radio to discuss campaign finance reform and the need for a constitutional amendment that keeps government accountable to the people. Click HERE to listen.