Ann Ravel's announcement she was stepping down as FEC Chair brought a fond memory to the Take Back team from a year ago: On January 21, 2016, John Pudner drew laughs when he took the stage after Peter Schweizer at The campaign finance crisis in America and how to fix it: A solutions summit, with the words, "I recently complimented Ann Ravel, which made her the first Obama appointee I have ever complimented." It was a joke, of course, but after two decades of running partisan efforts Pudner recognized serious efforts by the FEC Chair to challenge ridiculous campaign contributions such as the [...]
Former MLB Pitcher, Campaign Reform Leader to Run Southwest Region Doug Nickle will run a regional campaign finance reform educational effort centered around his home near the New Mexico-Arizona border as Region XI Coordinator for Take Back Our Republic. His appointment comes three years after Nickle launched a citizen accountability initiative to reform California’s Electoral College in 2014 to increase voter participation and empowerment in our political process. “I remain undeterred in my desire to place accountability for the stewardship of our Republic squarely back in the hands of our fellow citizens,” said Nickle, who delivered speeches and coordinated [...]
Last week, Mississippi lawmakers passed legislation that would prohibit elected officials from using campaign funds for personal expenses. What do you think? Is this type of campaign finance reform needed? Weigh in on our Facebook Page HERE.
February 12, 2017 (AUBURN, AL) - The team of Take Back Our Republic was saddened to learn this weekend of the passing of legendary Lieutenant General Hal Moore. In the movie We Were Soldiers, Mel Gibson portrayed this fearless patriot and the true love and concern he had for those in his command who would put their lives on the line. His family are in our thoughts and prayers, particularly the General’s daughter-in-law, who has been gracious enough to help as a volunteer coordinator for us. His funeral will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Church here in Auburn later [...]
AUBURN, AL - LaNell Morold and Shaaya Ellis began their work as Deputy Director and Director of Development, respectively, this week in the headquarters in Auburn. Two supporters of the quickly growing non-profit recommended a Deputy Director to oversee internal operations, to facilitate Executive Director John Pudner meeting a demanding external schedule with policy and opinion leaders, media representatives, foundations and potential donors across the country to help educate the public on conservative solutions for campaign finance reform. “The great foundation laid during Take Back Our Republic’s first two years sets the stage for incredible growth if we correctly build [...]
Rep. Tom Price's nomination vote is today and questions are still swirling around stocks purchased by the HHS nominee. "This is something the voters should be concerned about," says John Pudner, a conservative Republican who runs Take Back Our Republic, an advocacy group trying to get money out of politics. "Money that is personally benefiting you is more of a concern and can be a more powerful force pulling you into a decision on related issues than campaign funding." Read more from USA TODAY here.
Pre-eminent election and democracy/data lawyers Ben Ginsberg and Nate Persily were among those asking hard-hitting questions of Take Back Executive Director John Pudner at Stanford Law School Tuesday. View the entire presentation including videos here, and listen to the audio of the great session at which Pudner laid out the commercials and door-to-door tactics that win campaigns and will be incorporated into an open source People Powered Playbook. Ginsberg was national counsel to Bush/Cheney in both campaigns, including the 2000 recount, and since represented many national Republican organizations, while Pudner left partisan politics two years ago to focus on campaign finance reform as Executive [...]
Last Week, U.S. Representative Ron Desantis (FL-06) introduced a bill focused on stopping the revolving door culture of Washington D.C. The "Drain the Swamp Act" as it is called will as push to extend the lobbying ban to 5 years, broaden the existing ban on foreign nationals donating to political parties or campaigns, and preventing senior officials from representing, aiding, or advising a foreign entity with the intent to influence the executive or legislative branches of the United States government. Take Back Our Republic thanks, Representative Desantis for introducing the "Drain the Swamp Act". If you would like to read the [...]
For the second time since the formation of Take Back Our Republic (Take Back), Executive Director John Pudner is mentioned in an article on Drudge Report, and this time it is courtesy of him appearing in the cover story of Time Magazine. The account of the past work with Steve Bannon occurred before John Pudner gave up Republican consulting to work full-time in search of conservative solutions by starting Take Back and Bannon gave up Breitbart to lead the “Drain the Swamp” effort for President Trump, but the there is a connection... The connection that drew interest from Time [...]
Rob Schaaf Jr., who serves on the board of directors for Take Back Our Republic, was quoted today in The Joplin Globe on his father's Missouri Senate bill that would allow for a small dollar tax credit for Missouri citizens. From The Joplin Globe-To incentivize engagement in the political process and ultimately reduce the impact of special interests, Sen. Rob Schaaf has introduced legislation that will make Missouri campaign contributors eligible for a tax credit of up to $100 annually. During the hearing, Schaaf's son, Robert - who sits on the Take Back Our Republic Board of Directors - said, [...]