The rapid growth of the influence of money in politics continued with the 2018 midterm cycle. An astonishing $5.2 billion was spent on elections that, essentially, resulted in a divided government poised for gridlock over the next 2 years. For conservatives, that money bought, perhaps, the opportunity to confirm more Trump judges. For liberals, that money bought, possibly, the ability to fund the ongoing Mueller investigation. And, meanwhile, the American people are all-the-more sick of politics and $5.2 billion that could have launched new companies or fed the hungry instead went to politicians. All told, 5 Senate races- topped by [...]
For months, money has been pouring into Maine as Democrats hoped to knock off Rep. Bruce Poliquin. In fact, as of November 4th, the state’s 2nd Congressional District had been subject to more than $12 million in outside spending. This represents yet another instance where outside spending outpaced what the candidates themselves were able to raise, with the top 2 contenders, Poliquin and Democrat Jared Golden, raising a combined $8,342,698 for the October 17th filing period. Among the incredible outside spending came significant dark money from the left-leaning Patriot Majority USA ($2.3 million). The group funded an ad attacking Poliquin [...]
This morning Executive Director John Pudner joined Craig Otto on Wisconsin's 96.1 WXYM. During the interview, Pudner cited the gutting of the ethics commission as one of the reasons Republicans lost statewide elections Tuesday after winning everything with a "Drain the Swamp" message in 2016. To listen to the interview in its entirety click below. John Pudner on 96.1 WXYM
If you missed Executive Director John Pudner's election day interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks network don't worry! You can watch the interview and hear John discuss the importance of people over dollars below.
Day After Election Note: In case you didn't check your 2 a.m. email from us or are not on our list, below is the election night summary of the wins in both of our ballot measures and pictures of the ads that helped deliver the victories. The other final tallies include the Democrats picking up 34 seats, one more than the 33 seats the incumbent President has lost in Midterms on average since 1900, to win control of the House 229-206. The overnight votes in Arizona indicate the Republicans will expand their Senate edge to 54-46, assuming they do not [...]
Tune in at 2:04 PM EST here to watch John Pudner talk campaign finance reform and election day with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks.
Last night Executive Director John Pudner was quoted in the lead story on Fargo's KVRR, a local Fox affiliate in the state. The story detailed what voters in North Dakota would need to know about the Measures on the ballot today. John's quote can be read below. "This is the cleanup everyone is crying for across the country and across the state. There aren’t too many things people are agreeing on right now, there is a lot of division in the state and in the country, this is one thing we can all feel good about, a yes vote for [...]
"The alternatives to people accepting an elected government — even in a less-than-perfect process — is much worse than the actual results. Whatever the results Tuesday, I will accept them even as Take Back Our Republic works for conservative political reform to make the next election more democratic so that the republic that has been improved many times over the centuries continues to survive." Said John Pudner on Monday. To read the article in its entirety click here.
Yesterday afternoon Take Back Our Republic staff celebrated Halloween by passing out candy in downtown Auburn to local youth. Check out some of the fun from last night in the photos below.
Our friends over at MapLight had a terrific post on ways that foreign money can find its way into and affect U.S. politics. You can read a brief excerpt below and find the full post and infographic outlining the many avenues for foreign influence at MapLight.org "When U.S. media outlets broke the news that groups linked to the Russian government attempted to use Facebook, Twitter, and Google to influence the 2016 election, the impact of Russia’s meddling on our democracy became a dominant media narrative. But foreign influence in U.S. elections doesn’t begin and end with Russia. Several loopholes in existing [...]