In our study on state lobbying, New York has been a chief villain. The Empire State ranked second in growth in overall number (933) and ninth in growth rate (22%). As a reminder, here are a reminder on the year by year numbers from New York: Behind the numbers, however, is an incredible growth in the amount of money being spent on lobbying. From $120 million in spending in 2003, the number topped $210 million in 2013. By 2015, the last year of our study, the number exceeded $243 million. The 2015 number was a state record which also followed [...]
John Pudner, the executive director of Take Back Our Republic spoke to a room full of Concord-area residents at an event hosted by American Promise at the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church. “Citizens are tired of feeling that the system is rigged against them,” Pudner said. Pudner, a former political consultant who spent three decades helping elect Republicans to public office, is now working alongside Jeff Clements, president of American Promise, to empower American citizens. “Polling shows that over 70 percent of Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, independents, progressives want dramatic reform of our system” said Pudner. According to American Promise [...]
From the Concord Monitor "John Pudner, executive director of the organization Take Back Our Republic, points to some of the same symptoms that liberals do – the long hours that members of Congress spend fundraising and a candidate recruitment process that tends to favor “telemarketers” over problem-solvers. But in describing his preferred set of reforms in a meeting with the Monitor’s editorial board Thursday, Pudner showed some overlap with the Democratic approach and some differences. Pudner said his perspective was shaped over 20 years of running conservative campaigns, including his involvement in Virginia Congressman Dave Brat’s upset win over the [...]
A showdown is occurring in Missouri between the governor and many in the legislature. Once the state passes its budget, meaningful reforms could be discussed. At the center of the debate is dark money disclosure and how a new 501c4 designed to support Governor Greitens, A New Missouri Inc., is operating. The well-funded group has even taken to launching attack ads that include the personal cell-phone numbers of the legislators it views as opponents. Senior advisors to the group and to the governor have engaged in a public war of words with those same legislators and have promised more is [...]
Still, the promise to drain the swamp "is a central topic to why President Trump won this election," said John Pudner, director of a conservative good-government group called Take Back Our Republic. His sense of the situation now: Trump started strong on the ethics issues but needs to do more follow-up. Pudner also sees a problem, though: Trump's own decision to maintain ownership of his business empire, through a transparent trust that designates him as the only beneficiary. Pudner said it would have been wiser to avoid conflicts of interest by divesting — selling — the businesses, as other recent [...]
Early this month, John Pudner and Dan Krassner were back in Missouri. They’re part of the national coalition that is pushing serious anti-corruption measures state by state. Krassner is the political director for Represent.Us, a bipartisan group targeting political corruption. Pudner is the founder of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative group targeting the same issues. Their coalition now includes Patriotic Millionaires and other groups. Together, they helped South Dakota voters pass a comprehensive anti-corruption measure last November, around the same time Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved statewide campaign finance limits. They are back in Missouri because eventually, voters are going to heed [...]
New Book on Washington Corruption Takes Insiders to Task 4.25.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Too often, politicians go to Washington and quickly get caught in the trap of appeasing DC insiders or advancing their own interests over representing their constituents. That’s why we appreciate Congressman Ken Buck’s (R-CO) “I didn’t go to DC to make friends” attitude. Recently, he released a book called “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse than You Think” that is bound to make the number of friends he holds in the nation’s capital even fewer. The book details much of what we [...]
This morning Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner was featured on the popular "Scott Beason Radio Show" in Birmingham, Alabama. To listen to that interview in its entirety click below.
...and talk about campaign finance reform. Some in Dallas may have done a double take at the sight of www.takeback.org Executive Director John Pudner walking into a bar with the developer of the Dallas skyline, a former major league baseball player, and was that the Foo Fighter's frontman? Pudner's opportunity to talk one-on-one with the other three about the growing momentum in most state chapters for conservative solutions for campaign finance reform advocated by www.takeback.org came courtesy of Bill Shireman, who organized a series of events bringing together corporations and activists to dialogue on issues of mutual interest. The quick composite sketch [...]
John Pudner, executive director at Take Back Our Republic and former Republican political operative, cites the recent presidential election, with Trump raising significantly less than Clinton, as reason to believe tougher campaign finance regulations would hinder both Republicans and Democrats. For this he said in an email to the Syracuse New Times, “It is now time for all to rally in support of campaign finance reform as a way to drain the swamp at the state level.” Click HERE to read more.