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 [...]
Video from the TBOR panel event in Washington, DC this past Monday is now available. Download the video here.
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 [...]
From Breitbart NewsBy John Pudner (Executive Director at Take Back Our Republic) In the past two weeks the German founder of an international porn distribution company was convicted of tax evasion stemming from charges he had not paid taxes on $100 million in profits, while Reuters reported that American authorities declined to investigate $327,000 in political contributions given by his old company to a political referendum in the US. For conservatives the ramifications are scary. Now that the current management of the company, Manwin International SARL, knows they will not even be questioned in connections with hundreds of thousands of [...]
If you want to educate people at about something like conservative solutions to campaign finance reform, the best place to start is at a barber shop near the State Capitol (Southside Barber has been in Jefferson City since 1908)... and only then head over to the Capitol (outside Harry S. Truman building across the street from the Capitol). Tomorrow it is onto the Mizzou campus.
May 4th, 2015 While NPR focuses on conservative donors and does not mention that liberals Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg were the two biggest political donors last cycle, we appreciate them including Richard Painter, a TBOR Board Member and former ethics counsel for President George W. Bush:. "The taxpayer has to have _ has a right to have a meaningful voice in choosing the people who are going to spend the money." To get that meaningful voice, Painter proposes $200 tax credits, for people to use as political contributions. Those could be worth $8 billion per election, he says, and [...]
While the TAKE BACK ED often notes Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg combined to give over $100 million to campaigns, Bloomberg View today quotes him on campaign finance:In a Februaryop-ed pieceon the Fox News website, John Pudner, head of Take Back Our Republic, aconservative groupdedicated to changing campaign finance law, called for a federal tax break for small donors to combat the influence of billionaires. "I_m simply saying that it_s time for a debate about the role of money in politics," Pudner said. "And that debate is already happening -- but right now it_s happening only on the left, and [...]