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TBOR Featured in Bloomberg’s Money and Politics Report

June 20, 2016 @ 6:09 pm
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The new Kilmer-Hanna legislation would require groups that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c) of the tax code to check a box on their annual returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service declaring that they did not use foreign donations for campaign activities, Kilmer's statement said. The measure also would require these organizations to certify in reports filed with the Federal Election Commission that no foreign funds were used for independent campaign expenditures or other campaign-related spending. In addition, the bill would require a Government Accountability Office study to examine corporate campaign activities to see if foreign funds are being used. [...]
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Take Back Our Republic announces New York coordinator.

June 17, 2016 @ 5:16 pm
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      For Immediate Release Contact: press@takeback.org Press Secretary: Jared Thomas Phone: 404-663-3646                                                                                   New York’s Joe Murphy joins non-profit’s national campaign finance reform effort   Auburn, AL (June 17, 2016) – National non-profit Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) has announced the selection of Joe Murphy, a native New Yorker, as the state coordinator for the organization’s New York efforts. Above all, the group pledges to promote non-partisan solutions to issues plaguing America’s campaign finance system, by pushing to restore power to the hands of voters. (Joe Murphy…
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Rise of Scam Packs

June 15, 2016 @ 6:08 pm
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Scam Pacs are adding a whole new dimesion to Dark Money. This video by Ken Vogel discussing these Pacs is definitely worth the watch. Click here to watch the interview.
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Prayers for Orlando

June 12, 2016 @ 7:25 pm
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The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Take Back Our Republic pour out to the 50 who lost their lives in the mass shooting in Orlando, as well as to their families and all the others injured in the attack. A special thanks to the SWAT team and other first responders who certainly prevented even greater losses. We hope the investigation of the radical Islamic ties of the gunman, Omar Mateen, will yield information that might at least prevent attacks planned for the future. In times of strong political divisions between Americans, tragedies can remind us that whatever our disagreements [...]
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BREAKING: Speaker Hubbard Found Guilty

June 11, 2016 @ 5:09 am
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AUBURN, AL - Late Friday night word came from the courthouse seven miles from our www.takeback.org campaign finance reform headquarters that a jury convicted Speaker Mike Hubbard on 12 felony ethics violations, each carrying up to 20 years in prison. (see al.com)   Over the 30 years I spent running political campaigns before starting Take Back Our Republic, my path intersected that of Speaker Hubbard many times.  But the most memorable was the night I announced Dave Brat’s upset of Eric Cantor after being outspent $5 million to $200,000: alone among the flood of congratulatory -- if incredulous -- messages [...]
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Microsoft Exec Kicks Off Forum; TBOR ED Presents Tonight

June 9, 2016 @ 4:21 am
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Microsoft's VP of Technology & Civic Engagement (Dan'l Lewin, right in photo) kicked off the Civic Hall's Personal Democracy Forum 2016, and TBOR's Executive Director (John Pudner, left in photo) will present at 4 p.m. Thursday. Pudner will cover how an open source "People's Democracy Playbook," can enable candidates to be elected  without being addicted to the constant pursuit of political contributions. The panel is called, "Don't Be Overcharged--How Open Data is Changing the Political Ad Marketplace." In conversation Wednesday, Pudner cited his work to rally public opinion against the break up of Microsoft in 1999 as a response to the [...]
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TBOR ED Talks with Cruz Months After Libertarian Johnson Joins TBOR

June 6, 2016 @ 4:58 am
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If TBOR's conversations with leading Presidential candidates is any indicator, campaign finance reform could be silver lining to an election cycle that frustrates so many voters. Take Back does not support or oppose candidates, but continues to make the case to Presidential candidates before, during and after they run. Sunday Ted Cruz and TBOR ED John Pudner talked near the Texas State Capitol. In addition to providing information on TBOR, the two touched on taking on the political establish from Dave Brat's win to Cruz's Presidential race. Cruz previously talked with Steve Thomas of TBOR. In July, Gary Johnson signed up [...]

Good to see RollCall shed some light on the disconnect between political speech and political dollars

June 1, 2016 @ 8:17 pm
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Check out Roll Call's article on Lobbyist donations in the 2016 election cycle. It's well worth the read! Roll Call  
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Take Back featured in The American Prospect

May 26, 2016 @ 6:47 pm
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Take Back executive director John Pudner recently weighed in on the stances of this years presidential candidates in regards to campaign finance reform. “The irony we have right now is that Trump has actually talked a lot about money in politics but doesn’t have a platform on it” says Pudner. “And Hillary has a platform on money in politics but hasn’t talked a lot about it.” Read the full article in The American Prospect here
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Take Back welcomes final summer intern! Learn more about Rita here!

May 26, 2016 @ 3:30 pm
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  This is Rita Wang.  I’m ecstatic to be able to join Take Back as the latest policy intern. I’m currently a rising sophomore at Yale University where I am potentially majoring in philosophy. In my free time, I do political economy and gender research for Professor Frances Rosenbluth, debate with the Yale Political Union, and read lots of books.   I am a registered Democrat and a leftist; but, I am committed to bipartisan support for campaign finance reform (and excited to find out that our bill H.R. 4177 has some of my favorite Democrats in Congress as co-sponsors). [...]