TheWeekly Standard, on most everyone_s list of top 10 conservative sites, lauded the idea of tax credits for small political contributions as _revolutionary._ That news came as we had more than a half dozen meetings the past three days in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin _ including two places I would never have visited before taking this position. NON-PARTISAN OUTREACH As a 501c3,www.takeback.orgis a non-partisan group that seeks to share educational materials on issues like the tax credit. No state has been more partisan than Wisconsin in recent elections, so we were happy when Camille Solberg (far left in photo) of [...]
A revolutionary campaign finance idea The Weekly StandardBy Jay Cost Writing recently in the Daily Beast, John Pudner of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative reform group, offered an interesting proposal for improving our campaign finance system. He suggested that each political donor receive a tax credit worth up to $200: If our ultimate goal is to restore citizens_ faith in their government, shouldn_t we also do what we can to make it easier for those same citizens to give a small contribution to the candidates of their choice? Citizens who write the small checks tend also to start talking [...]
So, What About Money in Politics?The Weekly StandardBY JAY COST "Other than the Center for Competitive Politics, helmed by former Federal Election Commission chairman Bradley Smith, and Take Back Our Republic, a new organization founded by those who helped Dave Brat take down Eric Cantor last year, one is hardpressed to think of conservative entities promoting a vision of good government. Conservatives have spent enormous intellectual capital on issues like education, health care, and taxes_but what about corruption? When Democratic pols rail against Citizens United, what reforms can Republicans counter with?" Read the full article here.
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By Ron FeinOctober 14, 2014 Ron Fein is legal director for Free Speech for People. Barry Goldwater_s favorite response to an idea that earned his disdain was _Hell,no._ And that_s exactly how the late senator from Arizona would likely have responded toPost columnist George F. Willafter he attacked a common-sense constitutional amendment that would authorize limits on the influence of money in politics. Last month, Will quoted Goldwater in the opening lines of a column arguing that theCitizens Uniteddecision protects Americans_ First Amendment rights. According to Will,Citizens Unitedsays that _Americans do not forfeit their speech rights when they band together [...]
June 2nd, 2015By NICK GASS 6/2/15 8:32 AM EDT Democrats and Republicans alike think money carries too much influence in American politics, according to a poll released Tuesday by The New York Times and CBS News. And a majority of Americans say there needs to be fundamental changes to the way political campaigns are funded or that the system needs to be rebuilt. Money plays too big of a role in deciding winners and losers of political races, 84 percent responded. Just 5 percent said it is not influential enough, and 10 percent thought things are about where they should [...]
The group TBOR Executive Director, John Pudner helped get started is gaining ground across the country. Big donors will never cease to exist but at the very least we can help small donors become engaged and feel a sense of control in the election process. And a sweet side note we can trace and expose the money trail back to the cookie jar. By John PudnerThe Daily Beast Small donors need tax breaks more than super wealthy ones, and yet we continue to subsidize the latter. Time for right and left to team up and end this madness. I recently [...]
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Note: The packed room at the forum on foreign contributions included a representative of Moscow-based Sputnik. Assuming Vladimir Putin had time to read the paper this morning he is now aware of Take Back Our Republic. Finance experts say that the Clinton Foundation_s acceptance of financial donations from foreign countries is an example of the unrestrained influence foreign players can have on US political candidates. FEC Chair Ann Ravel was among those in the packed room Monday WASHINGTON (Sputnik) _ The Clinton Foundation_s acceptance of financial donations from foreign countries is an example of the unrestrained influence foreign players can [...]
May 18th, 2015Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY "It seems to me that this sends a blank check to any foreign interest," said John Pudner, a conservative political consultant from Alabama. Pudner gained attention in 2014 for helping a little-known professor Dave Brat toss out then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia GOP primary. (Brat won the general election.) Pudner now runs Take Back Our Republic, a group working to encourage conservatives to reduce the influence of big donors in elections. On Monday afternoon, he planned to host a forum on the threat of foreign political money. Read the full article [...]