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White House to look at TBOR Proposal

April 14, 2016 @ 5:38 pm
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Josh Earnest concluded yesterday’s White House briefing by telling reporters the White House would take a look at the proposal from Take Back Our Republic to restore the tax credit for small political contributions, as reported by NewsMax. < Veteran reporter John Gizzi of Newsmax asked about the initiative by Take Back Our Republic at the conclusion of Wednesday's daily briefing, and reported on the reaction. < John Pudner, the executive director of Take Back Our Republic, first presented the idea last May to now-Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin. < Later several members of Take Back Our Republic were well [...]

TBOR’S Democracy Spring Efforts Covered by West Virginia’s The Register-Herald

April 12, 2016 @ 5:53 pm
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Illustrating how widely anger resonates over the role of money in campaigns, former Republican operative John Pudner joined a segment of the march from Philadelphia to Washington last week in northern Maryland. Pudner is former campaign strategist for Rep. Dave Brat, R-Virginia, who unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 primary. Now executive director of a conservative money-in-politics group, Take Back Our Republic, Pudner said special interests from corporations to unions drive the country’s out-of-control spending. It’s unlikely that conservatives will support a Seattle-like approach of spending tax dollars on vouchers, he said, adding the a tax-credit plan [...]

Video Worth a Thousand Words: YouTube Channel Launched

April 11, 2016 @ 7:08 pm
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We blog thousands of words on the state chapters, policy and media breakthroughs for Take Back Our Republic, but until now we lacked videos. The Take Back Our Republic YouTube Channel fills that void. From today's update from New York on the week of the primaries, to five videos along the 17.5 mile march that included crossing the Mason-Dixon line from Delaware to Maryland last week, to Board Member Dr. Richard Painter and John Pudner at Harvard, to video from New Hampshire including a panel with Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, to our calls for the White House to [...]

Truthout Interview with Kai Newkirk Highlights TBOR Participation in Democracy Spring

April 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
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How are you planning on keeping the coalition together, and growing and strengthening it for the long haul? First of all I think that we have already taken this huge step in building the coalition. There's a breadth of the movement that's perhaps unprecedented in recent history. The groups have different levels of comfort surrounding direct action, but we're working closely together. If you look at the mobilization as a whole, moving so many groups to get on board is huge. We've consolidated much of the progressive movement's organizations. We're even bringing conservatives in. John Pudner from Take Back Our [...]

Trevor Potter Praises TBOR on BillMoyers.com

April 7, 2016 @ 3:51 pm
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Trevor Potter: I don’t know if you’ve talked to them, but there’s a group called Take Back Our Republic. There’s a Republican conservative activist, John Pudner, who’s had years of history in the trenches working for conservative Republican groups, pro-life groups. He was involved in the Brat race against Eric Cantor, and he’s now leading a Republican group that is very concerned about the role of big money in politics, and they look at this and say, you know, for instance, “We’re concerned about foreign money in US elections. How do we know that China or other groups that want [...]

Take Back Our Republic Selected to Participate in Innovative Political Game Changers Project

April 6, 2016 @ 6:28 pm
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Let’s make our democracy work for the many and not just the few. The Pluribus Project ─ a special initiative with the Aspen Institute ─ is changing the way political campaigns are run and won, so our elected officials work on behalf of broad public interests instead of moneyed interests or angry extremists. Our project is led by a dynamic team of social entrepreneurs with extensive experience at the intersection of politics, media, and technology who came together to address what we see as the defining challenge of our time. Through a rigorous process with leading campaign experts, we have [...]

Harvard Crimson Covers Panel Featuring Executive Director John Pudner and Dr. Richard Painter

April 4, 2016 @ 8:21 pm
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John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative group, said although Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump has come closest to addressing campaign finance reform, even the business tycoon has never gone beyond mentioning it as a problem. "I don’t think Trump has ever proposed a solution,” Pudner said. The entire article can be found here.

Take Back Tops Front Page of 8th Most Popular Political Website

April 4, 2016 @ 4:13 am
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Sunday Breitbart ran a post by Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner at the top of their front page. The piece was also sent out by Google in their Daily Report on campaign finance reform. Breitbart, ranked as the 8th most popular political website by eBiz, balanced supportive and critical posts, as well as a balanced news story, regarding whether conservatives should participate in the Democracy Spring march from Philadelphia to Washington to call attention to campaign finance issues such as special interests giving millions in undisclosed political contributions to get billions back in tax dollars that swell the deficit. [...]

At Harvard: Pudner Cites HSUS as Example of Why Conservatives Should Join Fight on Big Money Politics

April 3, 2016 @ 2:03 am
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With the Final Four this weekend, we kept the college spirit with TBOR Executive Director John Pudner joining Board Member Dr. Richard Painter at Painter's alma mater Harvard for comments on campaign finance reform. While Laura MacLeery of the Brennan Center and Max Stahl of Democracy Matters made the progressive case regarding big money from industry and private prisons affecting policy and implementation of regulations, we appreciate having the opportunity to point out to Harvard Law students the reasons conservatives should also be concerned about big money dominating policy. While the video from the event is limited, you can see part of Dr. Painter [...]

John Pudner Featured in Bill Moyers.com

April 1, 2016 @ 2:27 pm
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But John Pudner, a former Republican political consultant who now heads a nonprofit group focused on money’s role in politics, Take Back Our Republic, said he’s seen some encouraging comments from Republican candidates and lawmakers, and he thinks some are considering laying out a platform. “Campaign finance and money in politics has become such a hot issue that everyone is realizing that if one side is talking about it and the other isn’t, that’s going to hurt the side that isn’t,” he said. Pudner said he thinks there’s room for compromise proposals. For instance, Republicans might oppose public financing but support [...]