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Column: Star consultant turns to campaign finance reform

March 7, 2015 @ 7:32 am
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March 6th, 2015By John Finnerty/CNHI State Reporter HARRISBURG -- John Pudner, who masterminded a grassroots, Tea Party upset of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, has a new Goliath in his sights: campaign finance reform. Pudner is leading a new group called Take Back Our Republic that is agitating for a conservative strategy for campaign finance reform. The way to tip the balance, he says, might be to encourage more small donors to contribute. Last year, the top 100 donors nationally gave a combined $323 million in campaign contributions. That_s almost as much as the $356 million given by 4.75 [...]

Liberal ‚dark money‚ group scrutinized in Pennsylvania

March 7, 2015 @ 7:30 am
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March 4th, 2015 Regulators to probe union-backed nonprofit for apparent disclosure discrepancies. PHILADELPHIA _ State election regulators will soon investigate whether Pennsylvanians for Accountability, a liberal nonprofit that repeatedly criticized former Pennsylvania GOP Gov. Tom Corbett and other conservative politicians, violated political disclosure laws. Read the full article here.

State business leaders favor more transparency in campaigns

March 2, 2015 @ 10:12 am
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Interesting article by Richard Metcalf below... Albuquerque Journal NewsState business leaders favor more transparency in campaigns March 1st, 2015By Richard Metcalf / Journal Staff Writer At least some pressure to make political contributions and the notion that money can buy special access to state politicians are widely held perceptions among New Mexico business leaders, according to a poll released today. The poll also showed that the ethical behavior of elected state officials over the past 20 years is a _somewhat serious_ or _very serious_ issue for four out of five business leaders surveyed. The poll was commissioned by the Washington, [...]

Peter Buckley to lead TBOR’s Massachusetts Coalition

February 28, 2015 @ 6:49 am
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Auburn, AL (February 28, 2015) _ Peter Buckley of Boston met with Take Back Our Republic Board Member Richard Painter and Executive Director John Pudner on Friday, and has agreed to serve as Coordinator of the Massachusetts Chapter of Take Back Our Republic. _It is great to see a group step forward with conservative ideas for re-engaging citizens in the process,_ said Buckley, the father of six who became involved in politics by working with Massachusetts GOP Chair Raymond Shamie and the Presidential Campaign of Jack Kemp in the 1980s culminating in the party winning the Governor_s Mansion and two [...]

Can Republicans show they’re against Big Money, too?

February 23, 2015 @ 7:23 am
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February 23rd, 2015 By Chris Kromm - Southern Studies Last month, a group of operatives launched Take Back Our Republic, a nonprofit that promotes "conservative solutions to problems with the campaign finance system." The group was founded by John Pudner, a political consultant based in Alabama most recently known for advising the maverick campaign of David Bratt, who unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia's 2014 Republican primary. Read the full article here or read about TBOR's NC Coalition Coordinator here.

It is time to take on Charles Barkley

February 13, 2015 @ 2:47 pm
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Shortly after I submitted this analytics piece on Wednesday night to Breitbart, Barkley went on TNT ripping analytics as being done by people who never had prom dates. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you probably have been offended by Sir Charles at times, and at other times yelled, _You tell them Sir Charles!_ Consider that the same person said both that he was pro-choice and conservatives are _fake Christians,_ AND responded to Adrian Peterson_s indictment for using a switch on his child by saying, "I_m from the South. Whooping, we do it all the time. Every [...]

The Fix: The Money-in-Politics Newsletter You Need

February 10, 2015 @ 12:03 pm
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February 10th, 2015 By Nick Penniman - Executive Director(View article online) Though national surveys show a majority of Republicans support money-in-politics reform, there has never been an organization with conservative bona fides to mobilize the right around this issue. Enter John Pudner (the architect of David Brat's historic primary upset against Eric Cantor last year), who recently launched a new non-profit dedicated to pushing conservative solutions to the money-in-politics problem. Take Back Our Republic will fight for small donor programs and sensible reforms to curb crony capitalism. Read more

3 weeks of news coverage, nationwide tour, and more than 1000 Facebook likes

February 9, 2015 @ 7:59 am
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Thank you to all of you who signed up for our email updates, and for the 5,960 citizens who opened our email Friday. If you have not signed up yet, click here and enter your email address and zip code. Then read the content of Friday's email below: It has been a whirlwind for the three weeks since I announced the formation ofTake Back Our Republicat Grover Norquist's center-right meeting and via the page 2 story in theWashington Post. Thank you for the 1077 of you who have liked the Facebook page since then. The OVERDUE letter about helping us [...]

Fox News Op-Ed by TBOR Executive Director, John Pudner

February 3, 2015 @ 8:04 am
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A common sense, conservative approach to campaign finance reform By John PudnerPublished February 02, 2015 | FoxNews.com President Obama recently warned Americans about the perils of _dark money_ in election politics, saying it _pulls us into the gutter_ as a nation. Unfortunately, he offered no real solutions to remedy this problem. So, I have a few suggestions for him and it begins with allowing common sense to enter the debate over campaign finance reform in America. As conservatives, we believe in market solutions rather than government solutions. If a market is working well, access should go up and costs should [...]

Newsweek: Take Back Making Rounds to Tax Hawks & Tea Partiers

February 1, 2015 @ 6:32 am
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January 31st, 2015 From Newsweek, By Sarah Knight The head of the Stuart Foundation thinks conservatives have reason to take up its banner, too. The Washington Post profiled one such group, led by the architect of Eric Cantor_s defeat at the hands of a Tea Party challenger. This new group, Take Back Our Republic, is making the rounds to argue the conservative case for reform, and finding willing listeners among tax hawks and Tea Partiers alike. Read more.