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Outlet Reports Potential FEC Action to Stop Politicians Personal Use of Funds

September 18, 2018 @ 3:49 am
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When the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) ruled in favor of our sister organization (Take Back Action Fund) and the Campaign Legal Center that Facebook must disclose who paid for political ads, it was a rare victory for anti-corruption efforts. Now McClatchy reports another potential breakthrough, with the FEC considering no longer allowing Members to use Leadership PAC funds for personal expenses. To even get serious consideration is another coup for CLC - as all four current FEC members must vote YES to pass any action as long as two spots remain vacant.

Culture of Corruption in New York

September 17, 2018 @ 3:52 pm
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AUBURN, AL- When it comes to corruption, New York’s problems have been very much on the surface. Former leaders from both parties and each house in the legislature have been convicted on corruption charges. At least 3 allies of the governor, including his closest aide, fall into the same category. While these have been headline-grabbing illegalities, the culture of corruption has much deeper roots. As we have written previously, the state’s LLC loophole- which allows wealthy donors to give massive sums- is part of a pervasive problem in the state that allows for significant big money influence. This article outlines [...]

Take Back Our Republic Announces Support for Ban on Members Serving on Boards

September 12, 2018 @ 8:15 pm
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Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) have taken the initiative to introduce legislation that would ban members of Congress from serving on the boards of publicly held companies. The new rule would mirror the Senate rule 37.6(a) which currently lacks a House equivalent. Reed and Rice issued the following joint statement: "We must change the rules to prevent members from serving on corporate boards in order to improve the public’s trust in Congress.  There should never be a doubt in the public’s mind to lead them to think their Representative could be corrupted or incriminated because of [...]

Take Back Our Republic Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2018 @ 8:10 pm
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"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." - George W. Bush #NeverForget

Accountability Groups Back Boards Ban for Lawmakers

September 10, 2018 @ 7:59 pm
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Government accountability groups are backing a resolution, to prohibit members of Congress from serving on the boards of publicly held companies. Thirteen groups sent a letter this week to House lawmakers in support of a resolution introduced in August by GOP Rep. Tom Reed and Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice. In response to the indictment of their fellow New Yorker Chris Collins, the pair introduced a measure to create a House version of Senate Rule 37.6(a), which states that no senator “shall serve as an officer or member of the board of any publicly-held or publicly regulated corporation, financial institution, or business entity.” Collins was arrested Aug. [...]

Senator Sasse Comments on Corrupting Money in Politics

September 6, 2018 @ 1:13 am
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Click here for the video of Senator Ben Sasse's interview including his quote, “I came here because I want to drain the swamp. I don’t care whether the Congressman who is doing insider trading or embezzling campaign funds or is indicted for this or that. I don’t care whether they wear a blue or red jersey I want fewer of those people around,” said Senator Ben Sasse told MSNBC. He complained about the “lunacy” of the protests that now engulf Supreme Court ns, and said this was partly the result of Congress not functioning and therefore people treating the Courts [...]

Recode Looks at Silicon Valley Donors “Flooding the System” with Cash

August 31, 2018 @ 8:07 pm
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AUBURN, AL- In what is certainly an interesting read, Recode.net put together a listing of the burgeoning liberal donor class in Silicon Valley. Among the interesting notes are the nuanced ways Silicon Valley donors are looking to leverage their expertise. Some are loaning staff members to left-leaning organizations to improve their use of technology, some are launching new non-profits or tech ventures, and others are taking a significant oversight role over their political “investments.” Perhaps most alarming is the $5.4 million donation made to Women Vote!, the PAC for Emily’s List… in the form of foreign stock. Donor Karla Jurvetson [...]

Measure Limiting Campaign Contributions to Hit Portland Ballots

August 30, 2018 @ 7:43 pm
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AUBURN, AL- Most Americans would be surprised to know that liberal bastion Oregon has among the nation’s most permissive campaign finance laws in the country. Individuals, PACs, parties, and unions are able to give unlimited sums to candidates. But, Portland voters have the opportunity to change that locally as they consider a measure that reforms the campaign finance system and limits individual contributions to $500. Supporters of the measure gathered 34,227 signatures to put the measure on the ballot, and their hope is that it will see the same result as it did in Multnomah County, where it won with [...]

McCain Made Campaign Finance Reform A Years-Long Mission

August 28, 2018 @ 7:41 pm
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"He just called me up out of the blue," said Russell Feingold, new to Washington as a freshman Democratic senator from Wisconsin. "He said, 'You seem to have a good record. Would you like to work with me?' And I said 'yeah.' So I never knew exactly why he chose that moment to do it, but he did." They co-sponsored a bill that became known as McCain-Feingold and built alliances with advocacy groups. One ally was the watchdog group Common Cause. That brought more than a touch of irony, as its then-president, Fred Wertheimer, told NPR: "I was the person [...]

Unverified ActBlue Tops $1 Billion for 2018 Cycle

August 20, 2018 @ 8:34 pm
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AUBURN, AL- No organization does more to open the doors for foreign financial influence than liberal donation portal ActBlue. Recently, the group announced that it had collected more than $1 billion in online donations this election cycle. While we acknowledge the legality of their actions (a gaping loophole we are working to fix), the ongoing problem nonetheless puts our democratic process in jeopardy. Because ActBlue does not require credit cards to be verified, any contribution runs the risk of coming from a foreign individual, government, or organization. And, what is that money funding? Well, ActBlue Executive Director Erin Hill is [...]