Take Back Executive Director John Pudner penned the following OpEd on money in politics for the Concord Monitor: Two years ago, I was sludging through New Hampshire snow drifts, just before the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. As I talked with Granite State voters, I kept hearing the same thing: everyone was concerned about the influence of “Big Money” campaign donors. Once the primary results were in, it was clear that “Money In Politics” was a deciding issue for voters. The two primary winners – Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders – had used very different slogans, but both had campaigned on the [...]
Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner discussed the organization's efforts to fundamentally reform America's broken campaign finance system last week in an interview with business executive Don Smith. With organizers, supporters, and allies throughout the country, Take Back is working on the local, state, and federal level to limit special interest influence in politics and give power back to the electorate. To learn more about The Don Smith Show, click HERE.
AUBURN, AL- A recount followed by a Court decision means that a key race for a legislative seat in Virginia is a tie. A coin flip will decide the winner. The winner will decide control of the House of Delegates. Though the story reads like that of an over-the-top political comedy, the reality is a stark reminder of the power of the few and the ability to influence our republic with overwhelming money. Virginia, one of the few states that allow for unlimited political giving by individuals and corporations, opens the door for a handful of elites [...]
Spirited FEC debate Thursday culminated in a shocking breakthrough victory for Take Back Action Fund (see Thursday’s USA Today and TV from Buffalo to Atlanta), just days after John Pudner’s hour long interviews on both national radio and the TV American Political Zone regarding the impact of campaign finance on tax reform, the military, and trade domination by China. Click here to continue to receive our updates in 2018 as we build on this seemingly impossible victory requiring disclosure on political Facebook ads to now educate the public on other crucial matters in front of Congressional (HR1341/s1660) and the Legislators [...]
Issue One on spending in Alabama's U.S. Senate race: $42.7 million is the combined amount that all candidates and political groups have invested so far in the special U.S. election in Alabama, including the earlier primary and primary runoff phases of the election. With spending continuing through Tuesday, that figure could rise even higher. To read Issue One's full analysis, click HERE.
Wednesday and Thursday Take Back Our Republic President Francis Johnson, DC-based Development Director Steve Thomas, and Executive Director John Pudner will meet with Congressional offices. The topic will be the importance of passing HR1341 and S1660 to cut off an avenue for foreign influence on US elections through the billions of dollars in nameless small dollar contributions sent through unverified credit card donations to evade bank scrutiny. Former long-time NRA lobbyist Chuck Cunningham will lead the effort to pass these important bills into law. On Thursday morning, Pudner will take a break from his efforts for Take Back Our Republic to be [...]
Take Back Our Republic's Director of Operations, Justin Hill, was the keynote speaker today at the Montgomery Capital Rotary meeting. A former Youth Director for the YMCA and campaign guru, Hill talked about Take Back's plan to fix America's broken campaign finance system.
The Take Back Connecticut effort to spread the word on conservative solutions for campaign reform included a TV and Radio interview and meetings with all seven announced Republican candidates for Governor, Party Officials, Debate Moderators from the Fox Affiliate, and many others among hundreds of Republicans Wednesday night. Links to watch and listen to the media interviews are listed below. Both Executive Director John Pudner and Tri-state Coordinator Paul Lichstein spread the word and forwarded information through one-on-one retail and an hour radio and TV interview that will air in Connecticut and throughout the country. The TV and radio interview were by two [...]
AUBURN, AL- We have previously written about Tom Steyer, the liberal mega-donor who is funding an effort to impeach Donald Trump, a campaign short on specifics and long on ideological preferences. Steyer, an uber-wealthy ex-investor whose foremost issue has been the environment, contributed more money, over $91 million, to campaigns in 2016 than anyone else. In fact, he more than doubled #3 on the list. In the HBO movie, “Does Money Talk,” which also includes Take Back Our Republic, Steyer claims he is different from the Koch Brothers because his giving is public. In fact, it took more than [...]
AUBURN, AL- Studies performed by OpenSecrets.org have led to the compilation of the 25 wealthiest members of Congress. Below, we have listed those members, their party, the sector where they have the highest investment, and the committees they serve on. 13 members of this list are Republicans with 12 Democrats. The Senate has 7 members of this list in its body, and 18 are in the House of Representatives. Interestingly, 19 of the 25 members on this list were elected within the last 10 years. This wave of wealth, underscores a few truths: 1) the ability to load one’s [...]