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Campaign Rules Needed to Stop Unscrupulous Fundraising Like Avenatti’s

October 18, 2018 @ 7:32 pm
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Republicans may be happy to have Avenatti driving Democratic donors to give to the group that enables him to keep half the money for himself in the name of O’Rourke. Even the half of the money he collects in O’Rourke’s name that is passed along is driving money away from the four Senate races where Democrats have fallen only slightly behind, post-Kavanaugh (Missouri, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida), to one of the races that seem to have become unwinnable since Kavanaugh (see polling in Tennessee, North Dakota, and Texas). Before Republicans get too happy, they should recall that the same thing [...]

Opinion: Hyper-Partisan Attacks Undermine Real Threats

October 16, 2018 @ 4:25 pm
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A credible reform organization alleged an ethics violation against the Trump Administration, and the media was chomping at the bit to run with the story. Outlets like Yahoo, AOL, The Hill, Huffington Post, Newsweek, and others all covered the story leading with the likelihood of a Hatch Act offense. Except, respectfully, the issue really wasn’t a big deal nor was it likely a violation. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a respected albeit strongly left-leaning reform group, filed a complaint against Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders because she tweeted a photo of herself with Kanye West, who was [...]

Take Back Featured in North Dakota Politico Story

October 15, 2018 @ 4:31 pm
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President Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” by cracking down on Washington lobbying. This year, a group calling itself the Badass Grannies is trying to convince North Dakota voters to take matters into their own hands. Behind the efforts are national progressive groups, including the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, and conservatives, such as Take Back Our Republic’s John Pudner. RepresentUs advisers include Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig and the tea party’s Catherine Baer, and its model anti-corruption language was drafted with help from Jack Abramoff, a former lobbyist who spent 43 months in prison after conspiring to bribe public officials. [...]

NewsMax TV features Take Back Our Republic

October 10, 2018 @ 5:10 am
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Wednesday NewsMax TV featured www.takeback.org Executive Director John Pudner during America Talks Live with John Cardillo and Dr. Gina Loudon. Click here to watch the episode, and NewsMax can be watched live via TV (DirecTV: Channel 349, Dish: Channel 216, Verizon FiOS: Channel 115, Channel 615, AT&T U-verse: Channel 1220, or Galaxy 14: 3900 V / 29079 / 5/6). NewsMax, one of the most read conservative websites according to Alexa Ratings, featured a column from Pudner on their opinion front page Monday along with posts by Alan Dershowitz, Ron Paul, Scott Rasmussen, and other conservative leaders. The top three conservative news sites (see complete ranking [...]

NewsMax Features Post With TBOR Statement on Kavanaugh

October 8, 2018 @ 11:02 pm
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NewsMax featured John Pudner along with Alan Dershowitz, Ron Paul, Scott Rasmussen and Other Conservative Leaders Monday. Click here for the post, which concludes with Back Our Republic’s statement on Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court: "We congratulate Brett Kavanaugh on being confirmed to the United States Supreme Court and President Trump on successfully placing two justices to the highest court in the land. Our hope is that Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, and an increasingly right-leaning court will embody a jurisprudence that allows Congress and state legislators to innovate, reform, and strengthen our democracy. Conservatives rallied in force throughout this process because [...]

Opinion: Leadership PAC Loophole Must End

October 8, 2018 @ 5:46 pm
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AUBURN, AL- As campaign finance scandals grab news, we support an effort to end a loophole that allows similar violations to occur via “Leadership PACs” which the FEC currently does not scrutinize for personal use expenses. As this outstanding Washington Post article (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/09/25/leadership-pacs-are-campaign-finance-scandal/?utm_term=.51946bc49d5a)  notes, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) likely would have not been in trouble had he simply opted to use this mechanism to pay for his lavish lifestyle. Leadership PACs were initially set up as a means to buy influence and power. While, perhaps, some of the initial motivation- of young, innovative legislators seeking to leapfrog established, senior politicians [...]

Nike has Political Leanings… to the Right?

October 3, 2018 @ 8:59 pm
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AUBURN, AL- Your ultra conservative friends on Facebook- you know, the ones posting pictures of themselves burning their shoes- may now hate Nike for its recent advertising, but the apparel company’s political leanings may surprise many. When including the contributions of its co-founder, Phil Knight, Nike has given more than 3 times as much money ($424,000) to Republicans as Democrats ($122,000) this election cycle. This is the 4th cycle (of 5) since 2010 that the company has leaned rightward with its political contributions. Nike attempted to clarify initial reports to point to the fact that, excluding Knight’s contributions, the company [...]

Montana Senate Debate Focuses on Money in Politics

October 1, 2018 @ 4:16 pm
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Saturday's Montana PBS US Senate Debate started with the topic of the day, the Kavanaugh nomination, but ended up focusing on money in politics in a state that could decide the Senate majority. By the time the "Dark Money" segment of the debate started at the 46:41 mark moderators John Twiggs and Anna Rau noted the topic already became a focus before the topic was officially raised. Take Back Our Republic does not support or oppose candidates, but we believe the voters are the winner when a frank discussion like this lets both candidates focus on dark money, instant notification [...]

West Virginia Introduces Voting App for Overseas Military

September 27, 2018 @ 5:10 pm
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AUBURN, AL- Citizens of West Virginia currently serving in our military overseas now have the option of casting a ballot using a blockchain-enabled voting app for the critical mid-term elections. West Virginia will be one of the more watched states around the country due to a somewhat competitive U.S. Senate race. The app was created by a Boston-based company, Voatz, and has already been tested in two counties with four independent audits. State officials are excited about the new avenue for military voting. “There is nobody that deserves the right to vote any more than the guys that are out [...]

Transparency Victory on Capitol Hill

September 25, 2018 @ 4:05 pm
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Executive Director John Pudner is on Capitol Hill after a great victory for transparency, and in support of HR1341 to cut off foreign infiltration in our elections through massive unverified credit card contributions. He is pictured above Tuesday morning with Kevin Kosar of RStreet, one of our fasted growing allies, at a forum on the separation of powers and need for Congress to act to represent people rather than defer to judicial activism and executive orders. Pudner commented two weeks ago on the measure that was just approved: "I applaud the move to open the door for campaign filings in [...]