Last night Executive Director John Pudner was quoted in the lead story on Fargo's KVRR, a local Fox affiliate in the state. The story detailed what voters in North Dakota would need to know about the Measures on the ballot today. John's quote can be read below. "This is the cleanup everyone is crying for across the country and across the state. There aren’t too many things people are agreeing on right now, there is a lot of division in the state and in the country, this is one thing we can all feel good about, a yes vote for [...]
"The alternatives to people accepting an elected government — even in a less-than-perfect process — is much worse than the actual results. Whatever the results Tuesday, I will accept them even as Take Back Our Republic works for conservative political reform to make the next election more democratic so that the republic that has been improved many times over the centuries continues to survive." Said John Pudner on Monday. To read the article in its entirety click here.
Yesterday afternoon Take Back Our Republic staff celebrated Halloween by passing out candy in downtown Auburn to local youth. Check out some of the fun from last night in the photos below.
Our friends over at MapLight had a terrific post on ways that foreign money can find its way into and affect U.S. politics. You can read a brief excerpt below and find the full post and infographic outlining the many avenues for foreign influence at MapLight.org "When U.S. media outlets broke the news that groups linked to the Russian government attempted to use Facebook, Twitter, and Google to influence the 2016 election, the impact of Russia’s meddling on our democracy became a dominant media narrative. But foreign influence in U.S. elections doesn’t begin and end with Russia. Several loopholes in existing [...]
Two years after South Dakota voters approved ethics reform the same day 62 percent voted for President Trump, Take Back Our Republic spends this week in North Dakota urging a yes vote on Measure 1 to establish an ethics commission, ban foreign political contributions, and protecting voters from pay-for-play lobbying and conflicts of interest. Take Back North Dakota Coordinator Elizabeth Greybear and Executive Director John Pudner met everyone from Kris Cramer, the wife of GOP Senate nominee Kevin Cramer, to supporters of his opponent Senator Heidi Heitkamp, to a Fargo community leader who considered both good friends and noted how positive both of [...]
AUBURN, AL- Two years after a pledge to “Drain the Swamp” became the rallying cry that swept Donald Trump and a host of other Republicans, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) says things have only gotten worse, saying the swamp is now “swampier.” To validate his claims, Sasse wrote: “In the last 18 months alone, revelations of corruption have forced high-profile investigations and resignations across the government. Two Republican congressmen were indicted— one for insider trading, the other for using campaign funds to bankroll his family's lifestyle. The president's campaign manager and personal attorney face felony convictions.” He also pointed to the numerous [...]
Come and join Take Back Our Republic's Executive Director John Pudner for a free screening of The Big Money Agenda October 23rd in Fargo and October 24th in Bismarck from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and learn why our Democracy is on the brink. The movie explores why, Americans are sicker than they should be, poorer than they ought to be, and less safe than they deserve to be. This documentary explores the effects of money in politics, dark money, the revolving door as well as common sense solutions that will get our democracy back on track. After the movie [...]
Republicans may be happy to have Avenatti driving Democratic donors to give to the group that enables him to keep half the money for himself in the name of O’Rourke. Even the half of the money he collects in O’Rourke’s name that is passed along is driving money away from the four Senate races where Democrats have fallen only slightly behind, post-Kavanaugh (Missouri, Arizona, Nevada, and Florida), to one of the races that seem to have become unwinnable since Kavanaugh (see polling in Tennessee, North Dakota, and Texas). Before Republicans get too happy, they should recall that the same thing [...]
A credible reform organization alleged an ethics violation against the Trump Administration, and the media was chomping at the bit to run with the story. Outlets like Yahoo, AOL, The Hill, Huffington Post, Newsweek, and others all covered the story leading with the likelihood of a Hatch Act offense. Except, respectfully, the issue really wasn’t a big deal nor was it likely a violation. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a respected albeit strongly left-leaning reform group, filed a complaint against Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders because she tweeted a photo of herself with Kanye West, who was [...]
President Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” by cracking down on Washington lobbying. This year, a group calling itself the Badass Grannies is trying to convince North Dakota voters to take matters into their own hands. Behind the efforts are national progressive groups, including the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, and conservatives, such as Take Back Our Republic’s John Pudner. RepresentUs advisers include Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig and the tea party’s Catherine Baer, and its model anti-corruption language was drafted with help from Jack Abramoff, a former lobbyist who spent 43 months in prison after conspiring to bribe public officials. [...]