Do you believe you should be able to keep the first $200 you were going to send to the IRS, and instead send it to candidates of your choice who you believe would be better stewards of your money? Money Magazine covers the four states with programs set up to do just that at the state level, a practice discussed in our "Taxes and Political Contributions" Educational Paper, and then by the Weekly Standard along with the featured cartoon. Let us know what you think? Should people be able to give their first $200 to candidates in order to get [...]
A Study on State Lobbying: The Time Period of 2006-15 #2, 3.7.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- As we look at influence reform around the country- returning power and influence back to the voter- Take Back Our Republic is conducting a study of lobbyists at the state level. To begin, Take Back Our Republic does acknowledge the importance of lobbying. A pluralist society with varied interests was seen by James Madison and other Founders as integral to our society. At times, we as an organization have employed a lobbyist, and we also concede that a growth in the number [...]
A Study on State Lobbying: 50 Swamps? #1, 3.3.2017 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Regardless of whether you are an adamant Trump supporter or one of the 54.1% of Americans who voted for someone else, one undeniable fact from the 2016 presidential election is that President Trump “caught fire” with the phrase “Drain the Swamp.” Introduced relatively late in the campaign, the phrase galvanized those sick of seeing the nation’s capital run amok- a place where lobbyists rule and incestuous and crooked deals reign. However, the facts point toward “Drain the Swamps,” as in 50 across the Union, [...]
Informative piece in LNP + LancasterOnline.com about the desire for campaign finance reform in Pennsylvania. "Legislators determine how billions in taxpayer dollars are spent. Taxpayers deserve the assurance that policy is not being made on behalf of the highest bidder." Read more HERE.
A central tenet of President Donald Trump's campaign was his promise to "restore law and order" by enforcing the laws of the land. But that's not likely going to include campaign finance laws, or telling the Federal Election Commission to do its job. Former Santa Clara County counsel Ann Ravel announced last week that she's resigning from the commission effective March 1, having concluded that there's nothing she can do to alter the dysfunction permeating what's supposed to be a watchdog agency. As head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, Ravel made waves, improved transparency and in just a [...]
WAYCROSS, GA – Take Back Our Republic circulated educational items on campaign finance reform to hundreds of conservative CPAC attendees, but also to people leaving Washington for the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta where a robust conversion was taking place about the problems with corporate contributions. However, the most important education also occurs in localities like this one, Waycross, Georgia, where people who can’t travel to Washington and are not invited to national partisan events. Many Democratic campaign rallies have featured discussion of campaign finance reforms, and this weekend members of the Georgia Take Back Our Republic group were [...]
Ann Ravel's announcement she was stepping down as FEC Chair brought a fond memory to the Take Back team from a year ago: On January 21, 2016, John Pudner drew laughs when he took the stage after Peter Schweizer at The campaign finance crisis in America and how to fix it: A solutions summit, with the words, "I recently complimented Ann Ravel, which made her the first Obama appointee I have ever complimented." It was a joke, of course, but after two decades of running partisan efforts Pudner recognized serious efforts by the FEC Chair to challenge ridiculous campaign contributions such as the [...]
Former MLB Pitcher, Campaign Reform Leader to Run Southwest Region Doug Nickle will run a regional campaign finance reform educational effort centered around his home near the New Mexico-Arizona border as Region XI Coordinator for Take Back Our Republic. His appointment comes three years after Nickle launched a citizen accountability initiative to reform California’s Electoral College in 2014 to increase voter participation and empowerment in our political process. “I remain undeterred in my desire to place accountability for the stewardship of our Republic squarely back in the hands of our fellow citizens,” said Nickle, who delivered speeches and coordinated [...]
Last week, Mississippi lawmakers passed legislation that would prohibit elected officials from using campaign funds for personal expenses. What do you think? Is this type of campaign finance reform needed? Weigh in on our Facebook Page HERE.
February 12, 2017 (AUBURN, AL) - The team of Take Back Our Republic was saddened to learn this weekend of the passing of legendary Lieutenant General Hal Moore. In the movie We Were Soldiers, Mel Gibson portrayed this fearless patriot and the true love and concern he had for those in his command who would put their lives on the line. His family are in our thoughts and prayers, particularly the General’s daughter-in-law, who has been gracious enough to help as a volunteer coordinator for us. His funeral will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Church here in Auburn later [...]