Last week, Mississippi lawmakers passed much-needed campaign finance reform legislation that empowers the Ethics Commission, prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal use, and ends what many observers "legalized bribery" in the State Capitol. You can read more on the new campaign finance laws here. Check out our Facebook page and comment to congratulate Magnolia State legislators on making this HUGE step in the right direction!
Profiles in Corruption: The People of Oregon Drowned Out While Politicians Swim in a Pool of Cash from Government Contractors 3.23.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- At Take Back Our Republic, we thoroughly enjoy highlighting genuine reform efforts. On the other hand, we do feel compelled to perform the less pleasurable task of pointing out heinous corruption where it exists. Today, we look at Oregon- where Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum take their citizens money, distribute it to contractors, and then collect hefty campaign contributions from those government beneficiaries. A recent article touts the $805,876 given [...]
A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Governor’s Mansion and States with the Highest Growth Rate #4, 3.22.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- As we continue our study on state lobbying, we take a closer look at the ten states we have identified as seeing the highest growth rate in the number of state lobbyists: California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, Maine, New York, and Delaware. In looking at these states, we see a strong correlation between growth occurrence and a Democrat leading the state as governor. First, we see that, while the nation [...]
Illinois Legislation Seeks to Restore Influence to the People 3.20.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- There is always significant reason for excitement when lawmakers build on the grassroots momentum for influence reform. Such is the case with Illinois Senator Daniel Bliss (D-Evanston) who made the following argument for reform: “I don’t buy the argument that Illinois can’t afford to do this. Illinois can’t afford not to do this. When you look at how we got into the mess we’re in today, it’s largely because of a series of poor decisions and policies that were influenced by billionaires and corporations [...]
From 2006 to 2015, the total number of state-level lobbyists grew from 42,895 to 45,555 - an increase 6.2% over the decade. Learn more about the need for influence reform HERE. Together, we can take power from the special interests and give it back to the people.
A Study on State Lobbying: By The Numbers from 2006-15 #3 3.15.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- In our last article, we wrote about the time period of 2006 to 2015 and introduced a few thoughts. Below we briefly break down the numbers of lobbyists at the state level over the decade. The total number of state-level lobbyists grew from 42,895 to 45,555- a growth of 2660 lobbyists. This represents an increase in state lobbyists of 6.2% over the decade. Across the country, 28 states saw an increase in the number of lobbyists. Twenty-two states saw a decrease. Two [...]
Fake News Comes to Campaign Finance 3.14.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Just months ago, Take Back Our Republic released an educational paper on the problems that come with politicians that increasingly look to use their position to enrich themselves. Naturally, Take Back Our Republic would be interested in any news that shows a politician meeting that criteria. That’s why we shook our heads at AL.com’s recent headline that read “Jeff Sessions used campaign account to fund national convention trip.” At a time when the new Attorney General is the subject of controversy, this misleading article attempts to, in [...]
Take Back's 3-Week Cross-Country Tour includes Meetings with Legacy Organizations Founded by Conservative Icons During a 3-week whirlwind tour, TAKE BACK met in Chicago with leaders of foundations formed by two of the greatest conservative reformers in the history of the nation. The McCormick Foundation is the legacy of Col. Robert R. McCormick, who was a Republican elected official until taking over the Chicago Tribune a century ago. The Foundation is represented by Democracy Program Director John Sirek, at right in the above photo. The Stuart Family Foundation was established by Robert Douglas Stuart Jr., the former [...]
Take Back Our Republic was well represented by our state coordinators at the Dorchester Conference in Salem, Oregon. Great to see Rep. Greg Walden, Peggy Grande, and friends from throughout the Pacific Northwest at "America's oldest political conference."
Take Back Our Republican Executive Director John Pudner joined Maria Theresa Kumar of Voto Latino and TBOR Board Member Juleanna Glover on stage of the 2017 Gathering of Leaders for a discussion on American politics and the need for fundamental reform in the way we fund political campaigns. Click HERE to watch!