"He just called me up out of the blue," said Russell Feingold, new to Washington as a freshman Democratic senator from Wisconsin. "He said, 'You seem to have a good record. Would you like to work with me?' And I said 'yeah.' So I never knew exactly why he chose that moment to do it, but he did." They co-sponsored a bill that became known as McCain-Feingold and built alliances with advocacy groups. One ally was the watchdog group Common Cause. That brought more than a touch of irony, as its then-president, Fred Wertheimer, told NPR: "I was the person [...]
AUBURN, AL- No organization does more to open the doors for foreign financial influence than liberal donation portal ActBlue. Recently, the group announced that it had collected more than $1 billion in online donations this election cycle. While we acknowledge the legality of their actions (a gaping loophole we are working to fix), the ongoing problem nonetheless puts our democratic process in jeopardy. Because ActBlue does not require credit cards to be verified, any contribution runs the risk of coming from a foreign individual, government, or organization. And, what is that money funding? Well, ActBlue Executive Director Erin Hill is [...]
AUBURN, AL- In a recent article, David Hawkings, the editor of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call since 1995, laid out the 5 reasons for the malaise the afflicts the United States Congress. While we may not agree with all of his points, it was nonetheless interesting that his first two coincided with issues Take Back Our Republic has devoted attention to: money and maps. Here is his full list with our brief summation: Money- With the costs of congressional races up 73% since 2000, Congress is increasingly an entity driven by the need to fundraise. As we have often pointed [...]
“Love or hate Trump, I think the moment he stood on stage and said ‘Give politicians money and they’ll do whatever you want,’ was the beginning of his upward trajectory,” said John Pudner of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative group dedicated to reducing the political influence of corporations, unions and other special interest groups. Executive Director John Pudner was recently quoted in the New York Times to read the article in its entirety click here.
Imagine one of our legislators telling a lobbyist that they aren't interested in lunch, but I will accept that bribe instead of lunch with you? Our state like Arizona, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho and New Mexico have no ethics commission for watchdog oversight on bribery with penalty, violation of disclosures, false statements, foreign donors, misuse of confidential information and a litany of other felonies and misdemeanors against we the people. Money and politics is nothing new, however, when monitored it is much better. A constitutional ballot initiative is now underway in North Dakota to stop this nefarious conduct by [...]
On July 19th Executive Director John Pudner was a special guest speaker at the Elk Creek Club in Rapid City, South Dakota. To listen to John's speech click the link below.
Many Michiganders who learned about the effort to deny them a vote to end gerrymandering from our widely read op-ed, education paper or first Facebook Post to reach more than 100,000 organically - learned late Tuesday night they will get to vote. The Detroit Free Press, the newspaper with more than twice the circulation of the second and third largest newspapers in Michigan, reported late Tuesday night the Michigan Supreme Court will allow the vote to go forward. Click here for their breaking news story. We do not agree with every criticism of Congressional Districts in Michigan. We believe a strong [...]
Gerrymandering Solutions By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- There’s a lot to dislike about gerrymandering. It’s unfair. It protects those in power. It silences and disenfranchises a large number of Americans. The reality: gerrymandering means less choice, more entrenched power, and the idea of “foregone conclusions” that runs counter to the very idea of democracy. Gerrymandering is not new to American politics. In 1788, Patrick Henry used his influence to draw districts that would make life more difficult for his political rival, James Madison. By 1812, Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry approved a redistricting plan egregiously designed to benefit his own [...]
Take Back Executive Director John Pudner shared two Detroit Free Press posts today. The largest newspaper in Michigan's 245,326 print copy readers was more than the second and third biggest newspapers combined (Detroit News 146,962 and Grand Rapids Press 97,822) before counts went exclusively to the much larger online readerships. The sports section celebrated the 1984 Detroit Tigers team that Pudner has written (see Breitbart Sports post) was the greatest in the history of baseball in the Central region as they destroyed opponents on a fair playing field with fair umpires to start the season 35-5 and cruise to the title. [...]