From 2006 to 2015, the total number of state-level lobbyists grew from 42,895 to 45,555 - an increase 6.2% over the decade. Learn more about the need for influence reform HERE. Together, we can take power from the special interests and give it back to the people.
A Study on State Lobbying: By The Numbers from 2006-15 #3 3.15.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- In our last article, we wrote about the time period of 2006 to 2015 and introduced a few thoughts. Below we briefly break down the numbers of lobbyists at the state level over the decade. The total number of state-level lobbyists grew from 42,895 to 45,555- a growth of 2660 lobbyists. This represents an increase in state lobbyists of 6.2% over the decade. Across the country, 28 states saw an increase in the number of lobbyists. Twenty-two states saw a decrease. Two [...]
Fake News Comes to Campaign Finance 3.14.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Just months ago, Take Back Our Republic released an educational paper on the problems that come with politicians that increasingly look to use their position to enrich themselves. Naturally, Take Back Our Republic would be interested in any news that shows a politician meeting that criteria. That’s why we shook our heads at AL.com’s recent headline that read “Jeff Sessions used campaign account to fund national convention trip.” At a time when the new Attorney General is the subject of controversy, this misleading article attempts to, in [...]
Take Back's 3-Week Cross-Country Tour includes Meetings with Legacy Organizations Founded by Conservative Icons During a 3-week whirlwind tour, TAKE BACK met in Chicago with leaders of foundations formed by two of the greatest conservative reformers in the history of the nation. The McCormick Foundation is the legacy of Col. Robert R. McCormick, who was a Republican elected official until taking over the Chicago Tribune a century ago. The Foundation is represented by Democracy Program Director John Sirek, at right in the above photo. The Stuart Family Foundation was established by Robert Douglas Stuart Jr., the former [...]
Take Back Our Republic was well represented by our state coordinators at the Dorchester Conference in Salem, Oregon. Great to see Rep. Greg Walden, Peggy Grande, and friends from throughout the Pacific Northwest at "America's oldest political conference."
Take Back Our Republican Executive Director John Pudner joined Maria Theresa Kumar of Voto Latino and TBOR Board Member Juleanna Glover on stage of the 2017 Gathering of Leaders for a discussion on American politics and the need for fundamental reform in the way we fund political campaigns. Click HERE to watch!
Do you believe you should be able to keep the first $200 you were going to send to the IRS, and instead send it to candidates of your choice who you believe would be better stewards of your money? Money Magazine covers the four states with programs set up to do just that at the state level, a practice discussed in our "Taxes and Political Contributions" Educational Paper, and then by the Weekly Standard along with the featured cartoon. Let us know what you think? Should people be able to give their first $200 to candidates in order to get [...]
A Study on State Lobbying: The Time Period of 2006-15 #2, 3.7.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- As we look at influence reform around the country- returning power and influence back to the voter- Take Back Our Republic is conducting a study of lobbyists at the state level. To begin, Take Back Our Republic does acknowledge the importance of lobbying. A pluralist society with varied interests was seen by James Madison and other Founders as integral to our society. At times, we as an organization have employed a lobbyist, and we also concede that a growth in the number [...]
A Study on State Lobbying: 50 Swamps? #1, 3.3.2017 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Regardless of whether you are an adamant Trump supporter or one of the 54.1% of Americans who voted for someone else, one undeniable fact from the 2016 presidential election is that President Trump “caught fire” with the phrase “Drain the Swamp.” Introduced relatively late in the campaign, the phrase galvanized those sick of seeing the nation’s capital run amok- a place where lobbyists rule and incestuous and crooked deals reign. However, the facts point toward “Drain the Swamps,” as in 50 across the Union, [...]
Informative piece in LNP + LancasterOnline.com about the desire for campaign finance reform in Pennsylvania. "Legislators determine how billions in taxpayer dollars are spent. Taxpayers deserve the assurance that policy is not being made on behalf of the highest bidder." Read more HERE.