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News Alert: Republicans Join Bandwagon on Revamping Campaign Money Rules

July 28, 2015 @ 12:22 pm
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By Eliza Newlin Carney - CQ Roll Call The Republican Party has long championed campaign finance deregulation, but a small yet growing number of GOP lawmakers and politicians are joining in calls to overhaul the political money rules. _Conservatives out there in the field want conservative solutions on money in politics,_ said former GOP political consultant John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a new group rallying Republican support for campaign finance changes from a conservative perspective. Pudner just met with with some two dozen House and Senate Republicans during his first week making the rounds on Capitol [...]

534 of 535 Congressional Offices, 2 pairs of torn up shoes

July 27, 2015 @ 7:20 am
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I've seen candidates wear out shoes, but last week was the first time I saw two people wear out pairs of shoes in 4 days - as Beatrice Torralba and Eric Yang from our office joined me in talking to 534 of 535 Congressional offices. One leader with a major group was shocked to learn from Beatrice that the three of us - with Diane Cullo directing and joining meetings strategically - were able to cover all but one office. This included more than 20 sit downs in offices in addition to stopping at each office to give them survey [...]

Minnesota Public Radio talks about John Pudner and TBOR

July 23, 2015 @ 5:36 am
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Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner clashed on one issue with other forum participants - Heather Smith of Rock the Vote, Heather McGhee of Demos and Ben Rattray, the founder of Change.org - moderated by David Leonhart of the New York Times June 30, 2015 at the Aspen Ideas Festival titled, "Disrupting Political Campaigns: Shifting Political Influence from the Money to the Many." Pudner was the one panel member who thought the basic structure of voting (showing up at the polls on election day, etc.). However, all members agreed with the need to address the imbalanced nature of [...]

Survey ‚17,000 Conservatives views on money in politics

July 18, 2015 @ 6:47 am
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Before going to Capitol Hill, we wanted to do three things in each of the 50 states; 1) recruit members for 50 state chapters of www.takeback.org, 2) talk to state media, and 3) run a survey of conservatives and libertarians. Done. Below are the results of our interviews of more than 17,000 conservatives and libertarians in the past week which we will take to every Member of Congress and US Senate office in the coming week. Conservatives and libertarians do not agree with some campaign finance reform proposals from the left and they disagreed with some ideas floated, BUT most [...]

Getting Started-My First Week at Take Back Our Republic

July 13, 2015 @ 8:45 am
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July 6th marked my first day as a summer intern for TakeBack Our Republic. Back in the cold winter months when I was trying to put together my plans for the summer I could never have imagined that I would wind up in the heat of Alabama working for a young political start up. I was born and raised in Massachusetts but I am now a student at the University of Chicago. Chicago is infamous for the way politics has been conducted there in the past and not too much has changed. I_ve voted at least four times in the [...]

Freedom Fest Recap

July 13, 2015 @ 7:19 am
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Despite the dry heat of Vegas, I would ultimately classify my Freedom Fest experience as a success! I recieved 60 sign up for Take Back as well as discussed our organization's ideas with political figures including Gary Johnson. The former governor of New Mexico expressed that his main issue in regards to campaign finance is the need for trasparency in funding campaigns. I also was able to snap a shot of him signing up for Take Back! Besides my long discussion with Governor Johnson about campaign finance reform, I suppose my prime moment of Freedom Fest would have to have [...]

Successful Night With the Alabama Farmers Federation

July 7, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
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Last week I had the opportunity to head home to Huntsville, where I had the pleasure of meeting with the Farmers Federations of Madison and Limestone Counties in Alabama. I was thrilled to meet and speak with Jimmy Parnell (right in photo), the President of ALFA and the State Farmers Federation, as well as Rex Vaughn (left in photo), the President of the Madison County Farmers Federation. Mr. Vaughn invited me to this meeting quite a few weeks ago, and I will admit, I was quite nervous, especially since it was my first time addressing a large group of individuals [...]

TBOR is proud to welcome two new members to our team

July 1, 2015 @ 8:35 am
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Read about our new Manager of Administration, Beatrice Torralba, and Gary Howard who is our new Director of Digital Media BEATRICE TORRALBAManager of Administration A recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Beatrice Torralba found her way to TBOR in Auburn, Alabama, by way of the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France, Spain, The Netherlands, and Canada. While earning her B.A. in Government and Politics, the well-travelled student was determined to get a world-view of governing, not through any text book, but by living and working abroad. Read more. GARY HOWARDDirector of Digital [...]

TBOR Welcomes Summer Interns

June 30, 2015 @ 12:52 am
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The first two summer interns are setting a high bar for all who follow. Read the bios on the two incredible interns - Eric Yang from Harvard who is serving as Policy Associate this summer and Alexis Esnault from Spring Hill who is serving as Development Associate. ERIC YANGPolicy Associate When Eric Yang won the National Geographic Bee National Championship in the 7th grade, good thing the judges didn_t ask him where the _Loveliest Village on the Plains_ is located. Otherwise, he would never have made it to the World championship_where he bested everyone in attendance. But Canada. Read more. [...]

TBOR Executive Director, John Pudner, Gives Radio Interview on the Viewpoint with Joey Clark

June 25, 2015 @ 12:04 pm
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Listen to TBOR Executive Director, John Pudner, in this radio interview on the Viewpoint with Joey Clark. Click here to Listen