John Pudner, executive director at Take Back Our Republic and former Republican political operative, cites the recent presidential election, with Trump raising significantly less than Clinton, as reason to believe tougher campaign finance regulations would hinder both Republicans and Democrats. For this he said in an email to the Syracuse New Times, “It is now time for all to rally in support of campaign finance reform as a way to drain the swamp at the state level.” Click HERE to read more.
Hundreds of Wisconsinite's attended the interview conducted by Mike Gousha, the renowned journalist from the top rated newscast in Wisconsin (WISN) and Take Back Our Republic ED John Pudner. Click HERE for the wide ranging interview.
"Special interests with lots of money have been using their “free speech” to shout over — and drown out — the speech of other Americans. They have been using the 1976 Buckley v Valeo decision to virtually eliminate your free speech, arguing that the Constitution guarantees the unlimited use of money as “speech” even when it overrides the free speech of individual citizens." To read the Daily Caller article in its entirety click here.
God Bless, Texas: Reform Effort in the Lone Star State Worth Watching 4.17.2017 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- A reform movement is sweeping the country but seems to be gaining the most ground in Texas. The movement backing an Article V Convention has legislation before the Texas General Assembly aimed at defining the roles and authority delegates would have at such a convention. While this step is far from making the convention- which has never occurred in the history of the United States- a reality, it is an acknowledgment that the movement is gaining steam. Now, what does this [...]
John Pudner, executive director of the conservative campaign finance watchdog Take Back Our Republic, said the key to rooting out corruption is transparency. “Disclosure is our top priority,” Pudner said. “When things are done in secret, they increase the risk of corruption.” Politicians need to get the message, Pudner said, that voters want the system fixed. “They’ll either get the message,” he said, “or else their constituents will take it out on them on election day.” Read more from The Kansas City Star HERE.
A Study on State Lobbying: A Closer Look at North Dakota #8, 4.12.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- In our review of states with the highest growth rate, big states like California, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Texas seemingly fit in. Ranked at #7, however, North Dakota stood out on the list. A rural state, North Dakota saw its number of lobbyists increase 31% from 2006 to 2015. During this period, it was also graded as an ‘F’ by The Center for Public Integrity- 43rd out of 50 states, ironically roughly the same positioning it has in a ranking [...]
Take Back Supported Legislation Moving Forward in California By Take Back Staff AUBURN, AL- California, ranked one of the top 10 states in lobbying growth in our recent study, is on the verge of substantive reform. AB.1089, endorsed by Take Back Our Republic, won bipartisan support in committee to advance forward. The bill sets a campaign finance limit for localities across California. 78% percent of those localities have no campaign finance limits in place. This changes that. Adoption of AB.1089 closes the door for rampant corruption. Right now, local candidates can receive major contributions from contractors and individuals. These [...]
Take Back our Republic would like to congratulate Neil Gorsuch on his elevation to the Supreme Court. At the same time, we also want to point out that his confirmation process represents exactly what is wrong with our political process. When Judge Gorsuch was nominated to sit on the federal Appeals Court, his nomination was confirmed unanimously. The entire Senate agreed that he was “an extraordinarily well-qualified nominee” deserving of bipartisan support. Yet just a decade later, there is so much partisan rancor in the Senate that Leadership had to invoke “the nuclear option” to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed. What [...]
“We’re going to have an oligarchy here if we don’t get serious about disclosure,” says John Pudner, executive director of the conservative group Take Back Our Republic, which promotes campaign-finance changes, including transparency. Pudner’s group wants to see Congress take up legislation that would codify into law an Internal Revenue Service regulation that in essence requires 501(c)(4) social welfare groups to spend no more than half their money on politics. “If you are acting like a PAC, you can disclose like a PAC,” says Pudner. And left-leaning groups that hide their donors have also spent money to oppose Gorsuch. These [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 6, 2017 CONTACT: Liz Iacobucci 334-329-7258 ‘Take Back Our Republic’ Calls on Gov. Martinez to Sign SB 96, Requiring Disclosure by ‘Dark Money’ Groups The nationwide conservative campaign finance reform group Take Back Our Republic today called on New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to sign SB 96, “An Act Relating to Campaign Finance.” The bill would close a loophole in state law that exempts SuperPACs from the public disclosure requirements that candidates, political parties and regular PACs have to follow. The state Legislature passed the bill last month with overwhelming, bipartisan majorities. Gov. Martinez [...]