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Montana Senate Debate Focuses on Money in Politics

October 1, 2018 @ 4:16 pm
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Saturday's Montana PBS US Senate Debate started with the topic of the day, the Kavanaugh nomination, but ended up focusing on money in politics in a state that could decide the Senate majority. By the time the "Dark Money" segment of the debate started at the 46:41 mark moderators John Twiggs and Anna Rau noted the topic already became a focus before the topic was officially raised. Take Back Our Republic does not support or oppose candidates, but we believe the voters are the winner when a frank discussion like this lets both candidates focus on dark money, instant notification [...]

West Virginia Introduces Voting App for Overseas Military

September 27, 2018 @ 5:10 pm
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AUBURN, AL- Citizens of West Virginia currently serving in our military overseas now have the option of casting a ballot using a blockchain-enabled voting app for the critical mid-term elections. West Virginia will be one of the more watched states around the country due to a somewhat competitive U.S. Senate race. The app was created by a Boston-based company, Voatz, and has already been tested in two counties with four independent audits. State officials are excited about the new avenue for military voting. “There is nobody that deserves the right to vote any more than the guys that are out [...]

Transparency Victory on Capitol Hill

September 25, 2018 @ 4:05 pm
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Executive Director John Pudner is on Capitol Hill after a great victory for transparency, and in support of HR1341 to cut off foreign infiltration in our elections through massive unverified credit card contributions. He is pictured above Tuesday morning with Kevin Kosar of RStreet, one of our fasted growing allies, at a forum on the separation of powers and need for Congress to act to represent people rather than defer to judicial activism and executive orders. Pudner commented two weeks ago on the measure that was just approved: "I applaud the move to open the door for campaign filings in [...]

Senate candidates will finally E-file campaign finance reports

September 21, 2018 @ 6:52 pm
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U.S. Senate candidates will begin electronically filing their campaign finance reports in October thanks to a provision contained in an appropriations bill signed into law today by President Donald Trump. The provision — supported by a bipartisan majority of sitting senators and broad coalition of more than 20 advocacy organizations led by Issue One — was first introduced in the Senate in 2003. Montana Senators Jon Tester (D) and Steve Daines (R) championed this policy change this Congress, including throughout the appropriations process. “Today is a long overdue victory for supporters of government transparency and commonsense, bipartisan political reform,” said Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee. [...]

Georgia Maintains Current Voting System Ahead of November Election

September 20, 2018 @ 7:01 pm
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AUBURN, AL- Election officials in Georgia breathed a sigh of relief when federal Judge Amy Totenberg denied a request for an injunction that would force the state to switch to paper ballots mere weeks before early voting begins October 15th. The state was being sued due to fears of the insecurity of the touchscreen voting system used in its elections. Georgia stands as one of only 5 states that do not use paper ballots. Legislative efforts to require paper ballots mounted in the 2018 session, but the push stalled as a more in-depth study seemed necessary. A momentous drive is [...]

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. [...]