My wife barely muffled her laugh when I told her I was taking the message of Take Back Our Republic to Harvard Law students last Monday and Tuesday. Then Wednesday my one friend who had graduated from Harvard law passed away (click on image below for story or click here), and Friday I learned a brilliant conservative undergrad from Harvard plans to intern with us. Before this "Harvard week" I had spent a total of 3 hours on Harvard's campus my entire life. Admittedly I never expected to present to a room full of law students at Harvard. My weekly [...]
By Benjy Sarlin NextGen Climate, the environmental super PAC founded by billionaire Tom Steyer, announced plans on Monday to punish Republican presidential candidates who reject the scientific consensus on climate change. The group spent over $70 million in the 2014 midterms attacking Republican candidates in a number of high-profile Senate races, but were unable to stem the tide in what was ultimately a strong GOP year. On a call with reporters on Monday, NGC chief strategist Chris Lehane declined to provide a specific dollar pledge for the 2016 race, but said that Steyer and his allies would _spend what it [...]
TBOR Executive Director, John Pudner,talks basketball and campaign finance reform in radio interview with the Scott Sands Show. Listen to the podcast here.
A room full of Harvard students asks TBOR ED, John Pudner, questions about Take Back Our Republic this morning. Ironically last night Pudner had a room full of Auburn University students do the same after his wife invited them over for Easter Dinner. To keep the college theme, he actually was able to pull the old fashioned all-nighter between the two to make the flight. TBOR ED John Pudner (center at desk) gestures during his answer to one of many questions from Harvard students about campaign finance reform
TwoTake Back Our RepublicOfficials met offsite this week to help mentor Timothy James Pudner (one-month old boy in left photo) and Gianna Josefina Isidro Howard (one-week old girl in right photo). The two are scheduled to take over as co-Presidents ofTAKE BACKin 2038, assuming their graduations at the top of Harvard's class are on schedule. Tim's Grandfather John Pudner (bigger person in left photo) currently serves as Executive Director of TAKE BACK, while Gary Howard (bigger person in right photo) serves as Digital Media Director. The two are still asking people toclick and donateto help them accomplish several things before [...]
I would to open a dedate on this Issue. Is there a constitutional provision or statute that explicitly permits executive orders? Thus giving powers to the President to legislate by decree. In United States Constitution Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, refers to the title of President as the executive. "The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America" but does not give it legislative Powers these are reserved and vested in the Congress of the United States of America , United States Constitution, Article. I, Section. 1. These vested Powers [...]
Another packed couple of weeks, with a great addition to the team to run our DC office, news from Pennsylvania in our effort to educate people about ways to return the government from dark money to the citizens, and our first chance to ask you to contribute! 1. Please donate today! Taking those three in reverse order _ we need your help in this crucial effort! The outpouring these first two months has been fantastic with thousands now connected with our effort. With this much support, we can spread the effort into the new states we need to really make [...]
March 6th, 2015By John Finnerty/CNHI State Reporter HARRISBURG -- John Pudner, who masterminded a grassroots, Tea Party upset of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, has a new Goliath in his sights: campaign finance reform. Pudner is leading a new group called Take Back Our Republic that is agitating for a conservative strategy for campaign finance reform. The way to tip the balance, he says, might be to encourage more small donors to contribute. Last year, the top 100 donors nationally gave a combined $323 million in campaign contributions. That_s almost as much as the $356 million given by 4.75 [...]
March 4th, 2015 Regulators to probe union-backed nonprofit for apparent disclosure discrepancies. PHILADELPHIA _ State election regulators will soon investigate whether Pennsylvanians for Accountability, a liberal nonprofit that repeatedly criticized former Pennsylvania GOP Gov. Tom Corbett and other conservative politicians, violated political disclosure laws. Read the full article here.
Interesting article by Richard Metcalf below... Albuquerque Journal NewsState business leaders favor more transparency in campaigns March 1st, 2015By Richard Metcalf / Journal Staff Writer At least some pressure to make political contributions and the notion that money can buy special access to state politicians are widely held perceptions among New Mexico business leaders, according to a poll released today. The poll also showed that the ethical behavior of elected state officials over the past 20 years is a _somewhat serious_ or _very serious_ issue for four out of five business leaders surveyed. The poll was commissioned by the Washington, [...]