Developing ... click back on this post as details will be added and see select invites at the bottom of the post. Take Back Our Republic is hosting events throughout the Rustbelt from September 9 through 19, as well as holding a drawing to see The Who with our Executive Director. Please call 334.329.7258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for any of seven events, two State Capitol Days or one tailgate for the Pitt at Penn State football game. Prior to founding Take Back Our Republic, the professional work of John Pudner based the majority of its effort in Ohio [...]
While some conservatives oppose the Federal Election Commission (FEC), TBOR's Executive Director points out the virtual end of the FEC invites countries like China - who would prefer another President - to use their massive resources to fund political campaigns attacking Republicans. Such involvement would dwarf the $200,000 in Facebook ads purchased by Russians during the 2016 campaign. Click here for the column, which appears along with impressive NewsMax insiders from Pat Buchanan, to Ron Paul, to Ronald Reagan's son.
TBOR volunteers attended a GA Fish Fry event this past Saturday to educate on Instant Runoff in the state. Our sister organization, Take Back Action Fund, was also represented at the event.
When Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner visited Boston in June the reception of the message that independents, moderates, and conservatives should embrace reform just as strongly as progressive groups was overwhelming. Media coverage was swift from such outlets as the Boston Herald, Commonwealth Magazine and even the conservative radio show The Howie Carr Show. Massachusetts-based American Promise, which will once again feature Take Back Our Republic at their annual meeting in DC, was thrilled to have the group in their home state. The outpouring from many in the Bay State included surveying residents to find out what [...]
The Chicago Sun-Times urges an end to what President Barack Obama once called "legalized bribery" in Illinois. "Converting campaign cash into personal funds is one of many ways that big-donor money gets between ordinary people and the elected officials who are supposed to represent them. It’s part of a web of dark money and flabby regulation that undermines democracy in Illinois." To read the article in its entirety click here.
"Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just resigned. As her top aide, he was also under investigation for campaign finance violations, including the creation of two PACs that seemed to be operating illegally. He is being accused of setting up two companies, where roughly $1 million was funneled, in order to profit and possibly skirt campaign disclosure requirements. This points to one absurdity of the current system: Hefty financial transfers from PACs to private LLCs are not necessarily improper, and many shadowy political operatives skip the PACs completely to run political money through LLCs to eliminate the voters' right [...]
Take Back Our Republic's New England Chair, Jim Rubens, was featured in the Hill this week. The former New Hampshire State Senator who fought against big gambling interests during his legislative years now focuses on our political reform issues. He has represented TBOR in several states, and you can read his entire op-ed here.
On July 26th, Executive Director, John Pudner, spoke about redistricting in Massachusetts with Geoff Diehl on the Howie Carr Show. Click the link below to listen to the interview in its entirety.
For many reasons, Take Back Our Republic is a strong supporter of Instant Runoffs (also called Ranked Choice Voting). For states that currently have runoffs, it can eliminate the need for voters to return to the polls almost two months later for a runoff to save money. For states without runoffs, it encourages more ideas, more civil campaigns, and more representative results because candidates know launching vicious attacks makes it hard to get to 50% + 1. We truly believe it’s a nuanced idea that can yield a powerful impact. But, some may look on the concept with trepidation. It [...]
Special thanks to our Minnesota coordinator Vicki Barnes for organizing another Townhall event in the state to discuss money in politics and a 28th Amendment. Vicki had former TBOR board member Dr. Richard Painter as a special guest speaker. You can watch the full video from the event below.