"With everything else on your desk right now, why care about campaign finance reform?" "Because it’s not just about “campaign finance.” It’s about the future workability of our democracy. Special interest money in politics completely distorts not just our system of government – but also our economy and, increasingly, our culture and sense of community. ‘Dark’ money skews the ability of small and mid-sized companies to have their voices heard." To read John's Op-Ed in its entirety click here
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John Pudner talked with Tim Draper, Silicon Valley innovator, Venture Capitalist and Government reformer, prior to presenting the People Powered Playbook to investors and executives from Microsoft, Google and a host of Silicon Valley companies. Take Back was selected to present at Draper's 3rd annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase.
One of the only things that unites Americans is agreement that our republic is broken, and we need to take it back. For years I tried to do this from a political, partisan perspective — winning low-budget campaigns to enable Republicans to take over the Virginia legislature in the 1990s, then the Alabama legislature a decade later — with a massive effort to win over the faith-based vote for Bush-Cheney 2000. My political efforts culminated when I launched Dave Brat’s upset of Majority Leader Eric Cantor — which put a great elected official in office but also made me realize [...]
Weekly Standard senior writer Tony Mecia summarized key aspects of the www.takeback.org agenda in the Washington Examiner, a top news source for Capitol Hill: John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative group advocating for campaign finance reform, says lobbying combined with campaign cash creates a system that hurts taxpayers. "Stopping the revolving door is important, but also realizing that somebody is trading millions in lobbying and campaign contributions for billions in taxpayer money — that's a big problem for Americans," he said. For starters, he would like to see more public disclosure by lobbyists, campaign contributors and [...]
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI 8th District) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA 17th District) are clear about one thing: they don’t agree on much. Aside from being first term congressmen and among the youngest members of the body (Gallagher is 33 and Khanna is 40), there are few similarities. Beyond party, Gallagher is a former Marine from dairy-country. Khanna taught economics in the Silicon Valley. Yet, they both are coming together to promote systematic reform. The two recently elected leaders wrote an op-ed calling for a shared reform agenda. In it, they write: “Whether in Cupertino or Green Bay, we have [...]
Donald Trump broke all the conventional rules during his improbable rise to the White House. As the nation’s first to occupy the White House without prior public or military service, Donald Trump has broken a barrier. Does that mean we should be prepared for a new era of politics? Well, a potential- and possibly formidable (in more ways than one)- challenger to Trump in 2020 is wrestler/actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Another is the Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Whether Johnson or Zuckerberg would excel as the “Leader of the Free World” remains to be seen, but the [...]
Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee, WI has developed quite a following, but, according to his recent comments, he is not planning a run for Senate. This runs counter to what operators of a PAC want his fans to think. The Draft David Clarke for U.S. Senate group has a website that certainly would lead many to believe that it is acting on the authority of the well-known lawman. It features multiple photos of Clarke, a pledge to support the sheriff, and a large bobblehead featuring his signature cowboy hat. A view of the site can be found HERE. Despite the [...]
Take Back Our Republic and its citizen advocates are everywhere. On Wednesday, at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, one of our coordinators shared information about H.R. 1341 with Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH 14th District). The bill, sponsored by Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ 4th District), is inspired by Take Back Our Republic’s idea to close the credit card loophole that opens the door for foreign individuals and entities to affect our elections. This pivotal legislation was brought to the attention of Congressman Dave Joyce by TBOR coordinator Jon Kozesky (both pictured) after the meeting. We are committed to remaining a grassroots [...]
"Any well-funded political organization must be held accountable for its electioneering activities, the same standard that is applied to individual citizens. Mega donors should not be able to “launder” their political contributions through tax exempt organizations that are clearly using that funding to sway our elections and influence our politicians. New Mexican voters deserve to know exactly who is spending the dark money to attempt to influence the outcome of a local campaign, because it is a clear indication of whose interests might ultimately be served if a particular candidate is elected or ballot measure is passed." To read more from [...]