Take Back team members testified in New Mexico, held meetings across from Manhattan, and spent several days in Nashville culminated Saturday afternoon with (from left); Kimberly Ishmael (KY), Leah Thompson (TN), John Pudner (AL), Heidi Behnke (GA), Brandon Neal (TN) and Mike Warren (TN). The blistering pace will continue throughout the Southeast with a blitz of Florida that starts near Miami on Tuesday, then continues on to West Palm Beach and Tallahassee. Western Director Doug Nickle testified on the need for reform in front of the New Mexico legislature, while Eastern Director Shaaya Ellis and Deputy Director Joe Livoti held [...]
Yesterday, Take Back's Shaaya Ellis and Joe Livoti met with Tri-state Regional Coordinator Paul Lichstein across the river from the Freedom Tower to discuss upcoming efforts in the Big Apple. The Tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut has become one of Take Backs key areas in the past months, we look forward to continuing to bring common sense solutions to campaign finance reform in the months ahead.
A former Montana legislator has been jailed for failing to pay a campaign finance fine. Wesley Prouse accepted $9,000 in illegal contributions in a 2010 State Senate primary campaign. He had previously served in the State House in the late 90s. The contributions resulted in a $59,000 fine, and Prouse had the option to provide documentation that showed he was unable to pay. He declined to do so. For Prouse, the illegal contributions, failure to disclose them, and use of those funds to attack his opponent have proven to be an ongoing nightmare. The jailed ex-legislator lost the primary. Join [...]
California’s AB 249 has a high profile new author. With former Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez sworn in as a member of Congress last month, Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin is taking lead on the bill aimed at dark money. Mullin is no stranger to reform issues. Earlier this year, he was at the center of a movement to reform local campaign finance laws, which were out of control. Now, he is aiming his political capital at dark money. This bill, AB 249, updates disclosure requirements in advertising for dark money groups spending on ballot measures to be more in line with [...]
States rights, the will of the people, and the ability to achieve local reform is at stake in a case involving our northern-most state. In 1996 the Alaska legislature passed campaign finance reform that, among other things, capped individual contributions at $500 to a candidate. The popular law was raised in 2003 by the legislature to $1,000. However, the voters weren’t having it, and they overwhelmingly voted to return the limit to $500 by a 3:1 margin in 2006. Despite the will of the people, expressed in the legislature and at the ballot box, Alaska is now being sued. Plaintiffs [...]
On a tragic weekend that featured the second bloody political attack this summer - conservatives Jim Rubens (former New Hampshire State Senator) and Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner reached across the political divide to address activists from 26 states gathered for a Wolf-PAC training session in Chicago. Pudner was national and religion editor for the Charlottesville Daily Progress, the home newspaper of the city that witnessed the deadly car attack by a right wing Ohioan less than two months after a left wing activist shot Republican Members of Congress at a baseball field. In one-on-one conversations with [...]
The TV ratings are in! More than 1.1 million people watched Take Back's Executive Director John Pudner on "The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton" on Sunday, July 30. That was a 26% increase in the show’s audience from the previous week -- far more viewers than watched CNN's "The Nineties" and almost double the number who watched MSNBC's "Dateline Extra" during the time slot. Take Back coordinators organized house parties to watch Pudner's interview; and tweets encouraging viewership reached hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers of leaders across the political spectrum, including Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer; Trump critic and Bush Ethics czar [...]
Over the weekend, Georgia coordinator Haleigh Herring invited Take Back Executive Director John Pudner to Houston County, GA. On Saturday, Pudner talked with local politicos about Take Back's efforts to fix America's broken campaign finance system. The event went so well that Pudner has already scheduled a return trip later this month.
School House Rock taught grade school students ever since Generation X about how a bill became a law in Saturday morning cartoons. Now you can be part of the process by calling 202.224.3121 and entering your zip code to leave a message for your Member of Congress to sponsor HR1341 and your two Senators to sponsor S1660. You do not even need to know their names before you call! Here are the steps from that old cartoon, and where this measure is in the process. IDEA, EDUCATION. Within a year of launching, Take Back Our Republic circulated an educational paper [...]
On Sunday, Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner discussed conservative solutions for campaign finance reform on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton. After taking questions from Brexit's Steve Hilton, Pudner fielded questions from Kennedy, Jake Horowitz and Jessica Dahl in a second New Revolution segment on Fox News.