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Last Chance for Campaign Finance for New Mexico in 2017

April 6, 2017 @ 4:27 pm
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Last Chance for New Mexico Campaign Finance Reform in 2017   Please take a minute, take out your cell phone, call New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez at 505-476-220 and tell her to sign SB 96 and require “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.   If Gov. Martinez does not sign the bill by Friday, the bill will die on her desk – and she will be responsible for killing it.   SB 96 passed both the House and the Senate by overwhelming, bipartisan majorities.  If Gov. Martinez signs it, it will become law.  If she doesn’t sign it, [...]
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A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Control of the Legislature and the States with the Greatest Increase in Lobbyists Rate

April 5, 2017 @ 8:12 pm
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AUBURN, AL- In our last article, we looked at the ten states we have identified as seeing the highest growth in the number of state lobbyists: California, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Indiana, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Rhode Island. In that article, we examined the relationship that growth had with the Party that held the governorship, but, today, we look at the same sample and its relationship to the legislature. As in the previous article, we begin with a look at the ten states and a general analysis on which Party had an outsized control in the given sample. [...]
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Green Bay City Council Gets in on Constitutional Amendment Movement

April 4, 2017 @ 5:24 pm
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Green Bay City Council Gets in on Constitutional Amendment Movement 4.4.17 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- As we have been tracking the movement behind a constitutional amendment for campaign finance reform, we now see the effort going local. Prompted by a citizen movement, the Green Bay City Council passed a non-binding referendum in support of such a constitutional amendment. Increasingly, we continue to see citizens trying to find an outlet to vent their frustration about the current failing system. With the problem going unaddressed in our nation’s capital, even a non-binding resolution from a city council is progress. Do [...]
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Take Back Tells New York Times Ivanka Needs to Divest

April 1, 2017 @ 11:27 pm
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Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner may be worth more than $700 million, according to newly released public filings, which could be argued inoculate them from normal lobbying pressures of someone in the White House. However, Take Back Our Republic told the New York Times Saturday that by failing to divest prior to taking White House positions, the reverse is true. Any Presidential action that helps Ivanka's business can be questioned. Just as Rep. Paul Gosar's H.R.1341 (Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act), based on a Take Back Our Republic Educational Paper, seeks to cutoff foreign money from being laundered [...]
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North Carolina Considers Lobbying Reform

March 31, 2017 @ 11:42 am
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North Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would double the time, from six months to a year, that a lawmaker would have to be out of office before he or she could register as a lobbyist. What do you think? Let us know -> www.FB.com/TakeBackOrg
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A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Control of the Legislature and the State’s with the Highest Lobbyist Growth Number

March 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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In our last article, we looked at the ten states we have identified as seeing the highest growth rate in the number of state lobbyists: California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, Maine, New York, and Delaware. In that article, we examined the relationship that growth rate had with the Party that held the governorship. We saw that the ten states were skewed toward a Democrat preference and that the trends indicated higher growth when Democrats were in charge. Today, we examine how control of the state legislature affected these states. In looking at these states from that [...]
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Mississippi Legislature Passes Much Needed Campaign Finance Reform

March 27, 2017 @ 3:10 pm
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Last week, Mississippi lawmakers passed much-needed campaign finance reform legislation that empowers the Ethics Commission, prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal use, and ends what many observers "legalized bribery" in the State Capitol. You can read more on the new campaign finance laws here. Check out our Facebook page and comment to congratulate Magnolia State legislators on making this HUGE step in the right direction!
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The People of Oregon Drowned Out While Politicians Swim in a Pool of Cash

March 23, 2017 @ 3:54 pm
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Profiles in Corruption: The People of Oregon Drowned Out While Politicians Swim in a Pool of Cash from Government Contractors 3.23.17 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- At Take Back Our Republic, we thoroughly enjoy highlighting genuine reform efforts. On the other hand, we do feel compelled to perform the less pleasurable task of pointing out heinous corruption where it exists. Today, we look at Oregon- where Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum take their citizens money, distribute it to contractors, and then collect hefty campaign contributions from those government beneficiaries. A recent article touts the $805,876 given [...]
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A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Governor’s Mansion and States with the Highest Growth Rate

March 22, 2017 @ 2:45 pm
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A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Governor’s Mansion and States with the Highest Growth Rate #4, 3.22.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- As we continue our study on state lobbying, we take a closer look at the ten states we have identified as seeing the highest growth rate in the number of state lobbyists: California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, Maine, New York, and Delaware. In looking at these states, we see a strong correlation between growth occurrence and a Democrat leading the state as governor. First, we see that, while the nation [...]
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Illinois State Senate Bill 1424 Seeks to Restore Influence to the People

March 20, 2017 @ 8:13 pm
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Illinois Legislation Seeks to Restore Influence to the People 3.20.17 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- There is always significant reason for excitement when lawmakers build on the grassroots momentum for influence reform. Such is the case with Illinois Senator Daniel Bliss (D-Evanston) who made the following argument for reform: “I don’t buy the argument that Illinois can’t afford to do this. Illinois can’t afford not to do this. When you look at how we got into the mess we’re in today, it’s largely because of a series of poor decisions and policies that were influenced by billionaires and corporations [...]