The Chicago Sun-Times urges an end to what President Barack Obama once called "legalized bribery" in Illinois. "Converting campaign cash into personal funds is one of many ways that big-donor money gets between ordinary people and the elected officials who are supposed to represent them. It’s part of a web of dark money and flabby regulation that undermines democracy in Illinois." To read the article in its entirety click here.
"Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just resigned. As her top aide, he was also under investigation for campaign finance violations, including the creation of two PACs that seemed to be operating illegally. He is being accused of setting up two companies, where roughly $1 million was funneled, in order to profit and possibly skirt campaign disclosure requirements. This points to one absurdity of the current system: Hefty financial transfers from PACs to private LLCs are not necessarily improper, and many shadowy political operatives skip the PACs completely to run political money through LLCs to eliminate the voters' right [...]
Take Back Our Republic's New England Chair, Jim Rubens, was featured in the Hill this week. The former New Hampshire State Senator who fought against big gambling interests during his legislative years now focuses on our political reform issues. He has represented TBOR in several states, and you can read his entire op-ed here.
On July 26th, Executive Director, John Pudner, spoke about redistricting in Massachusetts with Geoff Diehl on the Howie Carr Show. Click the link below to listen to the interview in its entirety.
For many reasons, Take Back Our Republic is a strong supporter of Instant Runoffs (also called Ranked Choice Voting). For states that currently have runoffs, it can eliminate the need for voters to return to the polls almost two months later for a runoff to save money. For states without runoffs, it encourages more ideas, more civil campaigns, and more representative results because candidates know launching vicious attacks makes it hard to get to 50% + 1. We truly believe it’s a nuanced idea that can yield a powerful impact. But, some may look on the concept with trepidation. It [...]
Special thanks to our Minnesota coordinator Vicki Barnes for organizing another Townhall event in the state to discuss money in politics and a 28th Amendment. Vicki had former TBOR board member Dr. Richard Painter as a special guest speaker. You can watch the full video from the event below.
Take Back Director of Operations Justin Hill: "It's time for those who seek to lead to step up and use responsible rhetoric. It's time for real solutions about real problems. As the campaign season heats up, candidates for president and down-ballot should eschew cheap applause lines that undermine democracy and instead opt for solutions that can empower American voters." To read this article in its entirety and to sign up for alerts on future articles click here.
Political activists are passionate about their causes – right or left, R or D – and, while the era of social media has tainted citizen engagement as disruptive to civil discourse, the reality is that those who are highly involved form the backbone of our democracy. But, sadly, predatorial political operatives and/or con artists have manipulated the system to use those intense feelings for their own gain. They do this through political action committees that claim to be supporting a particular candidate via fundraising pitches and marketing, but then these organizations show very little in the way of actual resources [...]
The shrill reaction of critics in the political-industrial complex to Take Back Our Republic daring to challenge the redistricting process in Massachusetts are included in this piece in the Talking Points Memo. They are eerily similar to the reaction of the political-industrial complex to this National Review article a year before Take Back Our Republic was formed, when they expressed the same contempt for our now Executive Director's decision to run Dave Brat against the sitting Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Only time will tell if critics eat crow as they did five months later in 2014 when Brat emerged as [...]
Our Executive Director John Pudner enjoyed speaking at the Westbank Rotary Club meeting yesterday to inform members about campaign finance reform and our conservative solutions! This was the first stop in Louisana on our way to Texas for a summer-long tour of the state. TBOR will be making stops in Houston, Dallas, Austin and a few other cities along the way in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates and times for our next events.