OUR MISSION

Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) is a non-profit educating the public on conservative solutions for campaign finance reform. We are a non-partisan organization that advocates to ensure power and influence is returned to "We The People" instead of outside special interests groups. We use a grassroots approach for messaging that resonates with every ideological spectrum, especially conservatives, to fix the broken electoral system and restore American democracy.

Our Stand

Participation in the American political system is the best way to preserve our liberty.

Our Vision

An America whose citizens trust the integrity of every election and trust that once elected, officials will focus on the good of their constituents.

Our Priorities

Wealthy and Poor All Lose

One common misconception is that campaign finance reform would hurt wealthy Americans and help those in lower income brackets. In fact, the current system hurts most Americans in EVERY tax bracket. This is one of the themes of a book to be published later in 2015 by Professor Richard Painter, who is a board member of Take Back. Professor Painter notes that even most of the top 1% of earners don’t really make significant campaign contributions.  Only 30% of millionaires gave to a political party or candidate, according to a recent study by PNC Bank.  Only 30% of these – so a total of 9% — gave over $1000 in total.  In the current system, charities appeal more as a way to use money as an immediate force for good. As Painter’s draft states, “the current system does substantial harm to everyone, including the richest Americans.  The system is not an oligopoly of the top 1% or even the top .01%; it is far worse than that.” For one thing, the system is strongly biased in favor of contributions by the financial industry while investors are dispersed and less able to protect their interests in the government process. To the degree that money in politics represents actual corruption, as Painter writes, “A corrupt government likely destroys wealth.”  We see this in higher costs for government (which means higher taxes), misallocation of government resources, and government putting its hand on the scale to favor certain companies or industries. So, for instance, investors must see the companies in which they invest make higher political “investments” rather than using corporate funds for business purposes.  This hurts shareholders. “Crony capitalism” waste government money and hurts all taxpayers, but because the wealthy pay a disproportionate share of total income taxes, they are hurt more. Even ...

Taxes and Political Contributions

Wouldn’t you like to direct more of your tax dollars and be able to use them to help elect candidates for public office who would well … be better stewards of your tax dollars?  We believe that you should be able to take a tax credit for small contributions to candidates for Federal (and state) office.  This would encourage more people to become involved in the political process and at the same time remind candidates that the source of their power is the people. The ability to direct up to $100 of your paid taxes to elect political leaders would encourage voters to learn the voting history of the candidates, pay attention to issues being discussed that will affect their lives, and encourage engagement as political leaders interact with everyday citizens in order to court their support and understand their issues instead of just those of special interests with PAC accounts. Currently, 63% of political contributions in races for the U.S. House come from people who give more than $200.[1] There are many ideas for how such a proposal could work.  Some favor a voucher; we prefer a tax credit to reduce the possibilities for fraud or voter manipulation.  Some also propose tax deductions in addition to or instead of tax credits.  (A tax credit is an amount a taxpayer can claim against income, reducing the total amount of income that is subject to Federal or state tax; a tax deduction is an amount a taxpayer can claim to reduce the amount of tax owed to the government.) This is an old idea but one that should be revived.  Federal law permitted deductions for small political contributions from 1972 to 1986.  Now, restoring this deduction and possibly adding a tax credit would expand the donor base for candidates for Federal ...

Special Interest Vs. National Interest

Excessive political contributions from those expecting to get something in return for their contribution distorts the political landscape from those who give (often much smaller) contributions due to ideological beliefs. This reduces the influence that ordinary citizens have in our electoral systems and makes those in public office often more responsive to those who give money rather than the broad electorate.  At the same time, the ever-rising cost of campaigns puts more pressure on elected officials and candidates to spend most of their time talking to groups and individuals who can write large checks – regardless of if they are in the district – rather than constituents the Founding Fathers wanted them to represent. Part of the problem comes from the proliferation of groups organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, who have the ability to pour vast sums of money into election-related activity without any connection to the actual candidate, without limits on spending, and without having to reveal their donors.  Again, this distorts the political process, often shifting the focus of the debate from the actual race run by the candidate to the negative attacks from special interests flooding the airwaves and mailboxes.  Voters become less well-informed and more cynical about politics and our electoral system by this recent feature of our political life. It doesn’t have to be this way.  Even after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United,[1] which permitted unlimited independent political expenditures by a non-profit corporation (while still banning direct contributions from corporations and unions to political campaigns), we can take steps to ensure that our elections become more competitive and that the voices of ordinary citizens are fully heard. We’ve put forth ideas such as making certain small political contributions tax-deductible.  This will strengthen the voice of ordinary citizens.We will be a ...

Retaliation for Political Contributions

We believe in expanding citizens’ participation in our democracy and in robust, enthusiastic, honest political debate. Norman Rockwell’s famous painting “Freedom of Speech” depicts a lone citizen in opposition to a proposal at a Vermont town meeting.  Likewise, we believe in respecting the rights of those who disagree with our perspective and giving them the same opportunities to speak as we enjoy.  We want more speech, not less speech; more debate, not less debate.  And when the debate or the election is over, we believe in uniting as Americans and as friends. Too often today in our country, though, there is little tolerance for dissent from official or popular views.   Too often debate is shut down and opposing voices either lost or unheard amid the clamor of those who can afford to pay more or who control the airwaves.  This is unhealthy for our democracy and for our survival as one united people. And this trend can combine with a loss of privacy, driven by the explosion of information easily available over the Internet and the immediacy with which that information can be spread – whether or not that information is accurate. Generally, we believe in greater transparency in politics and in political contributions.  We believe equally strongly, however, that no one should be punished for their political views. Our goal is to expand the ability of individual citizens to participate in politics, including through giving money to the candidates of their choice.  It is important to ensure that no one is punished for making those choices or those contributions. The secret ballot is an important part of our democracy.  We do not believe in equal secrecy for political money, but we do believe in protections for average citizens who wish to contribute to politics.  In an era in which ...

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Meet the Team

Our organization was formed and is run by individuals who understand the political process from the inside out, and are now seeking to educate people about the power they have to shape the process from the outside in. 

Issues

A government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” is one that is not beholden to big business and union influence, and yet there is a pervasive trend toward consolidation of power in the form of voter suppression.

Our Governing Board

Take Back Our Republic is proud to have well-known and committed leaders who understand that the power belongs to the people. See who's making decisions for TBOR.

Research

Increasing the role of individual citizens in the American political system lies at the heart of our mission.

Volunteer

Why should you care about secret political donations? Plain and simple, you are losing your hard-earned money. $1,300 a year from state pay-for-play, according to a university study, and many times that in local and federal pay-for-play. TBOR is fixing this problem, but we need your help on the ground. Make an impact near you! 

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Help us stop the buying and selling of politicians. When you donate to Take Back Our Republic, your dollars will be spent transparently, something we want to be able to say about our elected officials in the coming years!

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Take Back Our Republic strive to be the leading organization in promoting a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and every election is financed with transparency, primarily by the people to be represented and not by outside interests. Headquartered in Auburn, AL since 2015, TBOR has strong financial backing, an engaged board, more than 100 volunteer coordinators in 47 states, and a staff who stands by our mission.

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