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John Pudner featured in The Hill

July 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
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"Why would anybody oppose disclosure? Unless they want to keep funneling unaccountable money to influence government decisions on how to spend taxpayers’ money." To read the article in its entirety click here.
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Reform on Georgians’ Minds After Expensive Race

July 5, 2017 @ 2:57 pm
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At a recent Q&A with a candidate for Governor of Georgia, one concerned citizen echoed a sentiment being felt throughout the Greater Atlanta area- a region recently bombarded with political advertising- when she asked “what will you do to keep out-of-state money from pouring into our elections?” The question is certainly understandable and it underscores the countless frustrations that stem from a race that became the most expensive in our nation’s history- nearly doubling the previous congressional record.[1] Take Back Our Republic was quick to release concerns following the Georgia Sixth Congressional District result that saw Republican Karen Handel narrowly [...]

Combined 7.2 Billion Views In May From These Websites

June 30, 2017 @ 6:41 am
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Periodically we look at the number of page views from websites that have covered Take Back Our Republic and/or Executive Director John Pudner. We thank all media that has taken the time to cover our efforts (see complete list here).  Here are the latest Digital Vision counts of page views for the sites that have covered us, and where the sites rank nationally. Rank Web Page with coverage Monthly  Views 2 drudgereport.com              1,256,200,000 4 espn.com              1,179,100,000 5 cnn.com                 853,900,000 7 foxnews.com                 663,300,000 9 nytimes.com (several TBOR)                 603,600,000 10 washingtonpost.com (several TBOR)                 497,600,000…
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Listen to John Pudner on the radio, all over the country, this Friday and Saturday

June 30, 2017 @ 2:21 am
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Start your weekend off right, with Take Back Our Republic!  You can listen to John Pudner on the radio, all over the country, this Friday and Saturday. Friday, June 30 6:30 am ET - Richmond, Virginia 6:30 am Eastern/5:30 am Central/4:30 am Mountain/3:30 am Pacific John’s weekly “Take Back Radio” show If you’re in the Richmond area, tune in to WDZY 1290 AM or FM 103.3 Listen live from anywhere online at http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/WDZY 8:25 am ET - Boston, Massachusetts 8:25 am Eastern/7:25 am Central/6:25 am Mountain/5:25 am Pacific (last note, skipping this week) John’s weekly appearance on “Boston Herald Drive” [...]
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Great Lakes Leadership @ Chicago Event; Radio Interview @ MKE Summerfest

June 29, 2017 @ 5:03 pm
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Our Great Lakes Region tour wraps up at 3 p.m. Friday when Executive Director John Pudner will meet people and have a Milwaukee radio interview near the Briggs & Stratton stage at Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world. Thursday Pudner met with Board Member Camille Solberg in Fond du Lac, WI, and Wednesday the rest of Take Back's Great Lakes leadership team gathered at our "Returning Power To The People" forum in Chicago. We are grateful for the hard work of the staff at our partner for the event, Common Cause Illinois, and the sponsors McCormick Foundation  and [...]
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St. Petersburg Moves to Cap Super PAC Money, Prevent Foreign Influence

June 26, 2017 @ 2:27 pm
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We’ve covered the movement within local governments to begin the pushback against big money, and St. Petersburg, FL is the latest shining example. The city made a move last week to cap Super PAC money at $5,000 and keep foreign entities from making an impact in our elections. Elected officials in St. Petersburg made the move despite a legal opinion that the law is likely unconstitutional. The lawmakers stated a belief that they could not sit idly by, and they have already lined up pro bono representation. John Bonifaz, president of Free Speech for People which is spearheading the effort [...]
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The real loser is the current campaign finance system

June 22, 2017 @ 2:18 pm
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Take Back Responds to GA-6 Special Congressional Election Executive Director John Pudner released the following statement about this week's special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District: "Negative TV commercials finally stopped running in Atlanta this week, with the election of Republican Karen Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff.  Take Back Our Republic does not take positions on elections, but now that this election is over, we can comment on the millions of dollars that flooded this district through unverified credit card contributions. Voters have no way of knowing for sure who made these contributions because the bank wasn’t allowed to verify [...]
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Take Back OpEd Featured In USA Today

June 19, 2017 @ 12:28 pm
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Americans of all political stripes are increasingly disgusted by our country’s broken campaign finance system. Many believe that the system is out of balance, with big money having far too much influence over policy — drowning out the voices of individual voters and leaving them feeling disconnected from their government. The problem has gotten exponentially worse over time, as shown by the change in giving patterns to federal candidates, parties, and committees. In 1994, small-dollar donors gave three times more money than donors giving $10,000 or more. Two decades later, those positions are reversed: Those who contribute over $10,000 now [...]
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Tennessee Levels Largest Ever Campaign Finance Violation Fine at Former Lawmaker

June 14, 2017 @ 2:02 pm
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The career of Jeremy Durham, a Republican who once represented Tennessee’s 65th State House district, is now on a very different track than the one it was on just a few short years ago. Once labeled a “rising star,” the former state Young Republicans Chairman and energetic activist, has essentially seen all future political aspirations evaporate in a short amount of time.[1] Instead of rising on to leadership, a path that once seemed available to him, Durham’s arrogance and misconduct made him just the second Tennessee legislator to be expelled from the body since the Civil War. The 70-2 vote [...]
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TakeBack.org Radio Debuts On Friday

June 13, 2017 @ 6:55 pm
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Takeback.org radio debuts THIS Friday, June 16. In the inaugural episode, host John Pudner builds on Matthew 6:24, arguing that if people cannot serve both God and money, then elected officials can not serve both big money and their constituents. Click HERE to listen online or tune-in to: KKIM 1000 AM in Albuquerque (12:30 p.m. MT), WDZY 1290 AM or FM 103.3 in Richmond, Virginia (11:30 a.m. ET); and WBXR 1140 AM or 101.3 FM in Huntsville, Alabama (10:30 a.m. CT).