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Brat Reunion Re: Tax Credit; Virginia Meetings

April 30, 2016 @ 4:08 pm
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En route to the first meeting of an expanded Board of Directors in Washington DC, our team met with key people in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Haleigh Herring, who coordinates our fundraising and scheduling, met with Advisory Board Member Curtis Colgate (photo left, Advisory Board announcement here). John Pudner had a great reunion with two people who were key to Take Back’s proposal to bring back the Reagan-era tax credit. In speeches, Pudner tells the story of the first big fundraising event for Congressman Dave Brat, and Friday he reunited with the fundraiser (Mike Rubino, left) and campaign manager (Zac Werrell [...]
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Former Miami-area Mayor, Conservative Reformer, Joins Advisory Board

April 28, 2016 @ 4:24 pm
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         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     April 28, 2016     Contact: press@takeback.org     404-663-3646     Jared S. Thomas, Press Secretary Auburn, AL –A former Miami area Mayor who successfully took on and defeated a big money attempt to have taxpayers fund their football stadium joins the Advisory Board today. Former Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall successfully fought and helped stop the Miami Dolphins’ now-defunct push for a subsidized stadium renovation. As a known conservative leader and police officer willing to fight for reform, MacDougall proved an effective voice in stopping the giveaway of taxpayer money in South Dade for the stadium as another example of [...]
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Icitizen poll results are in

April 28, 2016 @ 3:06 pm
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Take Back Our Republic recently partnered with Icitizen, a Nashville based organization, who's goal is to connect you with your elected officials to be heard on the civic issues you care about using app based polling on local, state, and federal levels. Our first poll with Icitizen closed just last week and the results speak for themselves, people care about dark money and conservative solutions to campaign finance reform. Check out the results in the infographic below.
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Daily Caller Runs Op-Ed By TBOR Lobbyist on Foreign Contributions

April 27, 2016 @ 4:37 pm
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by Chuck Cunningham, Lobbyist There is little dispute that campaign contributions can influence desired political outcomes. After all, money is the mother’s milk of politics. Some special interests buy favor that some politicians are seemingly too willing, and even sometimes eager, to sell. But before you react in righteous indignation over the quid-pro-quo of political giving, consider some of the most well-meaning campaign finance reform heroes have attempted to thwart it, right? To read the entire column, please click here.
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Open Letter Supporting Alabama Disclosure Legislation

April 21, 2016 @ 4:47 pm
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The following is an open letter sent this morning to Alabamians, asking for their support for a state bill that would let voters decide if they want out-of-state dark money and/or other illicit political contributions disclosed. People were so excited about Senator Orr's bill, that every phone in our office is being used to call our contacts in the state, and the reaction is overwhelmingly positive - everyone seems to want Senate Bill 356 to be approved.   ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: John Pudner, Executive Director Take Back Our Republic <johnp@takeback.org> Date: Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 11:21 AM [...]
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Tax Day, Arrest, Cash in Harbor

April 18, 2016 @ 3:01 pm
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If you have a google alert for “Take Back Our Republic,” then you received stories from USA Today, NewsMax, Reuters and Bill Moyers based on an arrest in DC, throwing campaign cash in the Boston Harbor, and tax credit request on tax day. See below: Boston Harbor campaign cash Capitol Hill protest Co-Sponsors to stop foreign money, provide tax credit As we get ready to set our budget on May 2, please help us keep up the pressure for conservative solutions to campaign finance reform with a contribution to Take Back Our Republic. 1. Boston Harbor campaign cash Dr. Richard [...]
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White House to look at TBOR Proposal

April 14, 2016 @ 5:38 pm
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Josh Earnest concluded yesterday’s White House briefing by telling reporters the White House would take a look at the proposal from Take Back Our Republic to restore the tax credit for small political contributions, as reported by NewsMax. < Veteran reporter John Gizzi of Newsmax asked about the initiative by Take Back Our Republic at the conclusion of Wednesday's daily briefing, and reported on the reaction. < John Pudner, the executive director of Take Back Our Republic, first presented the idea last May to now-Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin. < Later several members of Take Back Our Republic were well [...]

TBOR’S Democracy Spring Efforts Covered by West Virginia’s The Register-Herald

April 12, 2016 @ 5:53 pm
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Illustrating how widely anger resonates over the role of money in campaigns, former Republican operative John Pudner joined a segment of the march from Philadelphia to Washington last week in northern Maryland. Pudner is former campaign strategist for Rep. Dave Brat, R-Virginia, who unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 primary. Now executive director of a conservative money-in-politics group, Take Back Our Republic, Pudner said special interests from corporations to unions drive the country’s out-of-control spending. It’s unlikely that conservatives will support a Seattle-like approach of spending tax dollars on vouchers, he said, adding the a tax-credit plan [...]
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Video Worth a Thousand Words: YouTube Channel Launched

April 11, 2016 @ 7:08 pm
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We blog thousands of words on the state chapters, policy and media breakthroughs for Take Back Our Republic, but until now we lacked videos. The Take Back Our Republic YouTube Channel fills that void. From today's update from New York on the week of the primaries, to five videos along the 17.5 mile march that included crossing the Mason-Dixon line from Delaware to Maryland last week, to Board Member Dr. Richard Painter and John Pudner at Harvard, to video from New Hampshire including a panel with Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, to our calls for the White House to [...]