For Immediate Release Contact: Jared Thomas
1st New Mexico Chapter Meeting Thursday, Aug. 20 in Ruidoso
Ex-Governor Gary Johnson among Dozens to Sign Up to Join Group
RUIDOSO _ In responses to dozens of New Mexico residents signing up to join Take Back Our Republic (www.takeback.org), the first state chapter meeting will be held at:
Sacred Grounds Coffee, 2825 Sudderth Dr, Ste B, Ruidoso, NM 88345, 575.257.2273
9:00 a.m. – 10:00a.m.
Meeting with John Pudner, Executive Director & Weslie Owen, State Coordinator
Gary Johnson (pictured) signed up as a Take Back member in early July. Since then, dozens of residents have joined, including Weslie Owen of Ruidoso. Owen is a retired dentist whose civic concern began years ago with government decisions to put fluoride waste products in public water supplies.
_From the time we kicked off our efforts earlier this year, New Mexico was a high priority for us,_said John Pudner, who became Take Back Our Republic_s Executive Director after launching the campaign of Dave Brat, who ultimately defeated Congressional Majority Leader Eric Cantor._We believe there are conservative solutions to campaign finance reform, and believe the business community in New Mexico has been ahead of many others in understanding that we all pay a heavy price for the current system_from businesses to employees to all citizens._
Pudner referred to apoll by the Committee for Economic Developmentthat showed 89% of business leaders support a requirement that political contributions and expenditures from all sources be made public.
Our Manager of Administration, Beatrice Torralba, who oversees policy efforts, Policy Associate Eric Yang of Texas, and John Pudner traveled to Capitol Hill in July to discuss the possibility of disclosing contributions in a reform package that would also encourage donors to give money directly to candidates who could then be held accountable.
The group has also publicized ways in which foreign interests can flood political money into the system to elect candidates more favorable to their country, foreign company, or cause. This can be done by campaigns and/or other groups using collected, unverified credit card or gift card contributions. This is done by these groups telling their banks not to verify the address and zip codes as they do with other purchases.
Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, and anyone interested in joining the New Mexico chapter who cannot attend the meeting can join the group by going towww.takeback.org, firstname.lastname@example.org calling 334.329.7258.