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Throwback Thursday: TBOR works Alabama Governor’s Event

January 17, 2019 @ 10:21 pm
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Last Thursday Executive Director John Pudner and Programs Director Justin Hill attended Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's PathWay to Careers Summit and worked the crowd spreading the word about Take Back Our Republic's efforts. John and Justin also ran into Take Back's Southeast Regional Chair Perry Hooper while leaving the Summit. Take Back plans attend many more summits throughout the Southeast in 2019 to help spread our message and recruit new members!

TBOR in NewsMax, from the Golden Globes to College Football

January 8, 2019 @ 5:39 pm
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Americans disagree on everything from politics to their entertainment, with one culture built around Hollywood and another around baseball, college football and music from Muscle Shoals. However, NewsMax features a piece by our Executive Director suggesting that Americans who focused on Sunday's Golden Globe Awards or Monday's College Football Championship should both find ways to reform Money in Politics. Click here for the story.  

Chevy Chase to Allow Non-Citizens to Vote

January 7, 2019 @ 7:47 pm
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At Take Back Our Republic, we want all citizens to be able to vote. We want high voter participation, and we want it to be easy to cast a ballot and impossible to cheat. We want a system that all citizens can feel confident about. But, one Maryland town wants to take it further. Chevy Chase’s Town Council “voted unanimously to give voting rights to adults with green cards, those in the country for diplomatic purposes or those working toward U.S. citizenship.” Two years of hearings preceded the votes, and the town’s leadership was sympathetic to those in their community [...]

Our Last Post of the Year … Please Read Before 2018 Ends!

December 31, 2018 @ 5:52 pm
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Just in case you did not get the email 16 hours from the end of 2018 ... On the eve of a New Year, we at Take Back Our Republic are so grateful for your support. In 2018, we forced Facebook to disclose the sponsors of political ads and created meaningful redistricting reform in Ohio and Michigan. 2019 will be our biggest and most impactful year yet with your help.       We are $5,115 away from our End of Year Goal. Be a part of history in 2019 by making a tax-deductible contribution to Take Back Our Republic [...]

Ex-Governor’s Dark Money Group Raised Big Money

December 26, 2018 @ 7:42 pm
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We have previously written extensively about the rise and fall of former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, particularly his use of dark money. Now, we know a little more about A New Missouri, the 501c4 organization built to promote his agenda. Tax filings show that the group raised a whopping $6.1 million from 67 donors. Two of those donors gave $1 million and all gave over the $2,600 maximum contribution. Clearly, the entity was built for the sole purpose of circumventing disclosure laws and contribution limits. Interestingly, firms associated with Nick Ayers, the rising star who turned down the White House [...]

A Modest Proposal: The Imperative of Replacing the Johnson Amendment

December 19, 2018 @ 4:10 pm
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Our campaign finance system could generously be described as an exercise in insanity. Consider the rude reality of a system that allows the elite to dominate our elections yet silences the free speech of local membership organizations. Every election cycle you are subjugated to potentially millions of dollars of Super PAC ads - often funded by a single or a handful of individuals- that may be hostile to your worldview. You can try to avoid the ads, but, in the digital age, it’s growing even harder. These ads come from people you don’t know, are not accountable to anyone, and [...]

Ohio Considering Raising Standard to Approve Constitutional Amendments

December 13, 2018 @ 5:33 pm
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Legislators in Ohio are considering changes to how the Buckeye State approves constitutional amendments. With reform measures increasingly gaining traction at the ballot box, this movement is certainly worth watching. Most notably, the bill would raise the needed vote to approve a constitutional amendment to 60%, joining Illinois and Florida at that threshold. New Hampshire requires a 2/3s majority vote. Proponents of this change would cite the difficulty in amending the U.S. Constitution and argue that state constitutions should be similarly tough to alter and require strong consensus. Opponents would argue that the will of the people should be respected [...]

Will Republicans Embrace Campaign Finance Reform?

December 11, 2018 @ 7:18 pm
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Federal filings through mid-November, as compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, show that among donations from the top 25 individual contributors to federal candidates, parties, political action committees, and “527” advocacy groups, $232.9 million went to Republicans and conservatives, and $236.9 million to Democrats and liberals. What about organizational spending? Consider super PACs, those curious manifestations of campaign finance law that the Center for Responsive Politics says “may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates.” Super PACS can’t donate money directly to candidates [...]

Report Connects Money Spent at Trump Properties with Presidential Support

December 5, 2018 @ 5:52 pm
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President Trump’s significant personal fortune helped galvanize support from those who hoped his business acumen would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy. While those supporters see reasons that to believe their hopes have been validated, others concerned that his wealth would raise doubts about his motivations likewise believe they’ve been proven right. The vast holdings of POTUS have raised concerns on various fronts, but one recent report links Trump endorsements to those who spend money at his hotels. On one occasion, President Trump signaled support for Kevin McCarthy’s bid to lead Republicans in the House (at that time, [...]

Democrats to Tackle Reform with First Bill

December 3, 2018 @ 5:24 pm
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After 8 years out of power, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House are hoping the control granted them by the voters in 2018 will be more than just a short-term stint. To that end, they’ve wisely selected an issue that resonates with the American people for their first legislative issue: reform. Rep. John Sarbanes will take the lead on the issue, and, as we have discussed frequently the intense degree of public support for these issues. Should Democrats prove successful in passing legislation that the public feels restores influence to ordinary citizens, they will seize an opportunity Republicans [...]