The Overlooked Importance of Campaign Finance Reform The following was written by guest blogger, Alexis Esneault, a former Campus Coordinator and member of Alumni For Liberty. She is spending the summer as a Development Associate at Take Back Our Republic before starting law school at Cumberland School of Law in the Fall. Most of the time when people think of campaign finance reform, they think of liberals, but I maintain that conservatives should find this issue to be equally important. And out of all political identities, it is those of us who identify as libertarian who should find this issue [...]
Take Back Our Republic celebrated its half-year anniversary with planning sessions this week on scheduling, policy, development, communications, state chapters, contact follow-up and compliance. We are blessed to have 23 State Coordinators and others volunteering their time and dozens of donors enabling a great team. While several team members joined meetings by conference call, and we will be announcing our press secretary in the weeks ahead, the following are the 10-members who met in various break-out sessions this week in Auburn, Alabama and just a snippet of their backgrounds: From left to right: Justin Hill - Operations and State Chapters; [...]
TheWeekly Standard, on most everyone_s list of top 10 conservative sites, lauded the idea of tax credits for small political contributions as _revolutionary._ That news came as we had more than a half dozen meetings the past three days in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin _ including two places I would never have visited before taking this position. NON-PARTISAN OUTREACH As a 501c3,www.takeback.orgis a non-partisan group that seeks to share educational materials on issues like the tax credit. No state has been more partisan than Wisconsin in recent elections, so we were happy when Camille Solberg (far left in photo) of [...]
A revolutionary campaign finance idea The Weekly StandardBy Jay Cost Writing recently in the Daily Beast, John Pudner of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative reform group, offered an interesting proposal for improving our campaign finance system. He suggested that each political donor receive a tax credit worth up to $200: If our ultimate goal is to restore citizens_ faith in their government, shouldn_t we also do what we can to make it easier for those same citizens to give a small contribution to the candidates of their choice? Citizens who write the small checks tend also to start talking [...]
So, What About Money in Politics?The Weekly StandardBY JAY COST "Other than the Center for Competitive Politics, helmed by former Federal Election Commission chairman Bradley Smith, and Take Back Our Republic, a new organization founded by those who helped Dave Brat take down Eric Cantor last year, one is hardpressed to think of conservative entities promoting a vision of good government. Conservatives have spent enormous intellectual capital on issues like education, health care, and taxes_but what about corruption? When Democratic pols rail against Citizens United, what reforms can Republicans counter with?" Read the full article here.
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By Ron FeinOctober 14, 2014 Ron Fein is legal director for Free Speech for People. Barry Goldwater_s favorite response to an idea that earned his disdain was _Hell,no._ And that_s exactly how the late senator from Arizona would likely have responded toPost columnist George F. Willafter he attacked a common-sense constitutional amendment that would authorize limits on the influence of money in politics. Last month, Will quoted Goldwater in the opening lines of a column arguing that theCitizens Uniteddecision protects Americans_ First Amendment rights. According to Will,Citizens Unitedsays that _Americans do not forfeit their speech rights when they band together [...]
June 2nd, 2015By NICK GASS 6/2/15 8:32 AM EDT Democrats and Republicans alike think money carries too much influence in American politics, according to a poll released Tuesday by The New York Times and CBS News. And a majority of Americans say there needs to be fundamental changes to the way political campaigns are funded or that the system needs to be rebuilt. Money plays too big of a role in deciding winners and losers of political races, 84 percent responded. Just 5 percent said it is not influential enough, and 10 percent thought things are about where they should [...]
The group TBOR Executive Director, John Pudner helped get started is gaining ground across the country. Big donors will never cease to exist but at the very least we can help small donors become engaged and feel a sense of control in the election process. And a sweet side note we can trace and expose the money trail back to the cookie jar. By John PudnerThe Daily Beast Small donors need tax breaks more than super wealthy ones, and yet we continue to subsidize the latter. Time for right and left to team up and end this madness. I recently [...]
Video from the TBOR panel event in Washington, DC this past Monday is now available. Download the video here.