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Examiner Quotes TBOR Re: Lobbying + Contributions Hurting Taxpayers

September 12, 2017 @ 2:29 am
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Weekly Standard senior writer Tony Mecia summarized key aspects of the www.takeback.org agenda in the Washington Examiner, a top news source for Capitol Hill: John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative group advocating for campaign finance reform, says lobbying combined with campaign cash creates a system that hurts taxpayers. "Stopping the revolving door is important, but also realizing that somebody is trading millions in lobbying and campaign contributions for billions in taxpayer money — that's a big problem for Americans," he said. For starters, he would like to see more public disclosure by lobbyists, campaign contributors and [...]
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What Can a Republican and a Democrat in Congress Agree on? A Need for Reform

September 6, 2017 @ 2:24 pm
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Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI 8th District) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA 17th District) are clear about one thing: they don’t agree on much. Aside from being first term congressmen and among the youngest members of the body (Gallagher is 33 and Khanna is 40), there are few similarities. Beyond party, Gallagher is a former Marine from dairy-country. Khanna taught economics in the Silicon Valley. Yet, they both are coming together to promote systematic reform. The two recently elected leaders wrote an op-ed calling for a shared reform agenda. In it, they write: “Whether in Cupertino or Green Bay, we have [...]
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Kid Rock performs before the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The musician from suburban Detroit is teasing his potential 2018 U.S. Senate candidacy, though it is news to Michigan Republicans. Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, said Wednesday, July 12, 2017, that a website hinting at his campaign —www.kidrockforsenate.com — is legit. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

In the Era of Celebrity Politicians, It May be Time to Look at the System

September 5, 2017 @ 11:13 am
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Donald Trump broke all the conventional rules during his improbable rise to the White House. As the nation’s first to occupy the White House without prior public or military service, Donald Trump has broken a barrier. Does that mean we should be prepared for a new era of politics? Well, a potential- and possibly formidable (in more ways than one)- challenger to Trump in 2020 is wrestler/actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.[1] Another is the Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.[2] Whether Johnson or Zuckerberg would excel as the “Leader of the Free World” remains to be seen, but the [...]
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Sheriff David Clarke Calls Group a “ScamPAC”

September 1, 2017 @ 2:13 am
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Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee, WI has developed quite a following, but, according to his recent comments, he is not planning a run for Senate. This runs counter to what operators of a PAC want his fans to think. The Draft David Clarke for U.S. Senate group has a website that certainly would lead many to believe that it is acting on the authority of the well-known lawman. It features multiple photos of Clarke, a pledge to support the sheriff, and a large bobblehead featuring his signature cowboy hat. A view of the site can be found HERE. Despite the [...]
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Take Back Our Republic Coordinator Encourages Ohio Congressman to Support H.R. 1341

August 31, 2017 @ 7:55 pm
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Take Back Our Republic and its citizen advocates are everywhere. On Wednesday, at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast, one of our coordinators shared information about H.R. 1341 with Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH 14th District). The bill, sponsored by Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ 4th District), is inspired by Take Back Our Republic’s idea to close the credit card loophole that opens the door for foreign individuals and entities to affect our elections. This pivotal legislation was brought to the attention of Congressman Dave Joyce by TBOR coordinator Jon Kozesky (both pictured) after the meeting. We are committed to remaining a grassroots [...]
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TBOR: Campaign reporting proposal creates necessary, nation-leading disclosure in NM

August 28, 2017 @ 11:13 pm
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"Any well-funded political organization must be held accountable for its electioneering activities, the same standard that is applied to individual citizens. Mega donors should not be able to “launder” their political contributions through tax exempt organizations that are clearly using that funding to sway our elections and influence our politicians. New Mexican voters deserve to know exactly who is spending the dark money to attempt to influence the outcome of a local campaign, because it is a clear indication of whose interests might ultimately be served if a particular candidate is elected or ballot measure is passed." To read more from [...]
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Take Back Goes to Nashville to Meet With Leaders From Most US States, Territories

August 26, 2017 @ 10:49 pm
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Take Back team members testified in New Mexico, held meetings across from Manhattan, and spent several days in Nashville culminated Saturday afternoon with (from left); Kimberly Ishmael (KY), Leah Thompson (TN), John Pudner (AL), Heidi Behnke (GA), Brandon Neal (TN) and Mike Warren (TN). The blistering pace will continue throughout the Southeast with a blitz of Florida that starts near Miami on Tuesday, then continues on to West Palm Beach and Tallahassee. Western Director Doug Nickle testified on the need for reform in front of the New Mexico legislature, while Eastern Director Shaaya Ellis and Deputy Director Joe Livoti held [...]
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Take Back in the Tri-State

August 25, 2017 @ 4:56 pm
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Yesterday, Take Back's Shaaya Ellis and Joe Livoti met with Tri-state Regional Coordinator Paul Lichstein across the river from the Freedom Tower to discuss upcoming efforts in the Big Apple. The Tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut has become one of Take Backs key areas in the past months, we look forward to continuing to bring common sense solutions to campaign finance reform in the months ahead.
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Campaign Finance Fine Leads to Jail-time

August 23, 2017 @ 11:23 am
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A former Montana legislator has been jailed for failing to pay a campaign finance fine. Wesley Prouse accepted $9,000 in illegal contributions in a 2010 State Senate primary campaign. He had previously served in the State House in the late 90s. The contributions resulted in a $59,000 fine, and Prouse had the option to provide documentation that showed he was unable to pay. He declined to do so. For Prouse, the illegal contributions, failure to disclose them, and use of those funds to attack his opponent have proven to be an ongoing nightmare. The jailed ex-legislator lost the primary. Join [...]
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California Speaker Pro Tem Takes Authorship of Bill Aimed at Dark Money

August 21, 2017 @ 11:34 am
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California’s AB 249 has a high profile new author. With former Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez sworn in as a member of Congress last month, Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin is taking lead on the bill aimed at dark money. Mullin is no stranger to reform issues. Earlier this year, he was at the center of a movement to reform local campaign finance laws, which were out of control. Now, he is aiming his political capital at dark money. This bill, AB 249, updates disclosure requirements in advertising for dark money groups spending on ballot measures to be more in line with [...]