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End Campaign Contributions from Unidentified Sources!

May 15, 2017 @ 7:35 pm
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End campaign contributions from unidentified sources! A huge loophole in campaign finance laws allows unknown donors to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns via credit card. We need to stop this – before the next election. Congress has known about this loophole since 2008, when a Missouri woman went public with the fact that someone had used her identity to disguise almost $175,000 in campaign contributions. Since then, this same “unverified contribution” process has been used to fund hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending, including negative television commercials.  And there's no way for voters to know where [...]

Take Back Executive Director in Time Magazine

February 3, 2017 @ 4:59 pm
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Republican consultant John Pudner, a Bannon friend who briefly worked at Breitbart as the editor of a sports section, recalls the time Bannon "reamed me out"--just hours before he turned around and connected his friend with a plum new job. "He could hit you with that level of intensity and at the same time be singing your praises," he said. Read the entire article HERE.

1st $200: To a candidate of your choice or the IRS? (also see Money Magazine)

March 8, 2017 @ 4:35 pm
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Do you believe you should be able to keep the first $200 you were going to send to the IRS, and instead send it to candidates of your choice who you believe would be better stewards of your money? Money Magazine covers the four states with programs set up to do just that at the state level, a practice discussed in our "Taxes and Political Contributions" Educational Paper, and then by the Weekly Standard along with the featured cartoon. Let us know what you think? Should people be able to give their first $200 to candidates in order to get [...]
17D152 Take Back Regional Map Update

Take Back Regional Coordinators Map

February 14, 2017 @ 1:03 am
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Region One (South)  Trip Pittman- Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina,  Region Two (Mid-Atlantic)  Chris Beatty- Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, North Carolina Region Three (RustBelt) Joe Kuklis- Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania Region Four (Tri-state) Paul Lichstein- New Jersey, New York, Connecticut Region Five (New England) Peter Buckley - Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine Region Six (Great Lakes)  Bryan Posthumus- Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois Region Seven (Heartland) Jacob Scott- Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Region Eight (Boot) York Forsyth- Louisiana, Arkansas, South Texas (Houston-based) Region Nine (Farmland) Cameron Price- Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska   Region Ten (Prairie) …

Stanford Law School Audio & Powerpoint

February 8, 2017 @ 10:03 am
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Pre-eminent election and democracy/data lawyers Ben Ginsberg and Nate Persily were among those asking hard-hitting questions of Take Back Executive Director John Pudner at Stanford Law School Tuesday. View the entire presentation including videos here, and listen to the audio of the great session at which Pudner laid out the commercials and door-to-door tactics that win campaigns and will be incorporated into an open source People Powered Playbook. Ginsberg was national counsel to Bush/Cheney in both campaigns, including the 2000 recount, and since represented many national Republican organizations, while Pudner left partisan politics two years ago to focus on campaign finance reform as Executive [...]

NY Times Links to in Bannon Story; Podesta Firm Admits Foreign Contracts

November 28, 2016 @ 5:40 pm
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The New York Times linked to Take Back Our Republic in a piece on President-elect Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The Times writes: Steve and his two brothers went to Benedictine High School, an all-male Catholic military school in Richmond where the boys wore uniforms, kept their hair short and were called cadets. “It was a very conservative world,” said John Pudner, a Benedictine graduate who knows Mr. Bannon and runs Take Back Our Republic, an advocacy group based in Alabama. As noted in the bio of Executive Director John Pudner, he worked for Bannon in the past after attending the [...]

Press Notes TBOR’s Tour of S. Dakota to Make Case for Reform Among Trump Supporters

September 20, 2016 @ 1:47 pm
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TBOR Board Member Richard Painter and Executive Director John Pudner finished the first of three days in South Dakota at Mt. Rushmore. The Argus Leader documented the case that anyone voting for Donald Trump should also vote for a state referendum (IM 22). Pudner stressed that Take Back Our Republic was not urging anyone to vote for or against a certain candidate - only that those already voting for Trump should also vote for this measure to curtail the power of lobbyists and other big money insiders. The measure would clean up corruption by stopping South Dakota's unique system of unlimited [...]

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

April 1, 2016 @ 2:24 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 [...]