The week after Carolina Fox news featured him after Senator Lindsay Graham, TBOR's Executive Director John Pudner debated Cenk Uygur on the California-based The Young Turks. The 11-minute segment ran on The Young Turks online network which draws 80 million visits a month to rival the biggest traditional networks in the country, and the Wednesday night interview can be seen by clicking here. Pudner disagreed with Uygur's view that Congress should now continue investigations or impeachment, and pointed to just-released CNN polling numbers indicating there was little support for such a move. According to CNN, only 37% supporting impeachment to [...]
Whoa! Gadzooks! Eureka! Thank you, John Pudner (Monitor Opinion, April 26). In case you missed it, Democrats and Republicans have and should find, something to agree upon in what Pudner has to say. Take the time to read it. Get behind it and support this bill. Let’s get dark money out of our elections and campaigns for public office. Restore our democracy to the people. Contact your state representatives in the House and Senate now to support HB 504. Did I say yahoo? To read the rest of this grassroots support letter click here
This morning Executive Director John Pudner outlined in New Hampshire's Concord Monitor why New Hampshire Republicans want limits on political spending. "But entrenched political groups often benefit from the status quo and oppose reform. Even reforms supported by GOP voters. Even reforms that might help GOP candidates, such as improved disclosure of political spending. Democrats held a huge edge in secret (sometimes called “dark”) money for the first time ever in 2018. Act Blue, Soros, Bloomberg and Steyer, and other mega-wealthy donors, prepare to once again outspend Republicans in 2020. Voters deserve to know whose money is behind the candidates [...]
After concluding an unrelated interview with US Senator Lindsey Graham, Fox Carolina TV asked TBOR Executive Director John Pudner why it was important to bring their conservative solutions for campaign finance reform to Republican leaders in South Carolina. Pudner responded that during his time running the South Carolina call center operation for George W. Bush in 2000, he learned South Carolinians drive many conservative positions nationwide - putting Bush back on the path to the Presidency after his nomination was in doubt due to losing New Hampshire to John McCain. TBOR hopes the hundreds of South Carolinians who signed up [...]
Our South Carolina Field Program is recruiting tons of support and volunteers to help clean up corruption in our elections! Our team was working hard at the Greenville County Convention by adding members, spreading awareness, and taking action! Special thanks to our State Coordinator Lars Weichmann and our Upstate Field Director Vance Miller along with all of the grassroots volunteers that came out this past Monday.
From the desk of Elizabeth Rich Grey Bear The ND Senate Bill 2148 hearing I attended at the North Dakota state capitol in March was striking for me. The one sentence resounding by one of the legislators speaking, I believe it was from a question posed by Josh Boschee, remains key for [TBOR] takeback.org, a conservative solutions entity for campaign finance reform. The question was asked by the former candidate, who ran against our sitting Secretary of State, Al Jaeger, that was Josh Boschee, and this was the most enlightening question and answering moment I took away from this boring [...]
Fox News and the EU Reporter (rated more influential than the Guardian and equal to the New York Times and WSJ among European officials) both quoted Take Back Our Republic on leading political issues. The Fox News story focused on the charges of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez' campaign using LLCs to allegedly circumvent campaign laws. Pudner told various outlets that while he appreciates Cortez' ability to defeat the establishment on the left, just as his last candidate Dave Brat did on the right in 2014, he believes the use of LLCs to funnel campaign money is one of the biggest threats [...]
"Tuesday, a group of senators led by Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) will introduce an Amendment to abolish the Electoral College. Just last week, Delaware was the latest state to join the push for states allocating all of their electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote for presidential elections. A month ago, Colorado passed their own similar bill. There is a total of 13 states that have joined the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Proponents on both coasts claiming more power by eliminating the Electoral College in the name of a more direct democracy face three major obstacles." To read Pudners full Op-ed in The Hill click here.
Take Back Our Republic Founding Chair Mark McKinnon and Executive Director John Pudner presented at the highly successful Unrig the System Summit in Nashville TN this weekend, while other team members met thousands of attendees and Field Director Lars Weichmann spoke to South Carolina Republican groups in a packed few days. McKinnon showed the same brilliance he displayed with winning TV commercials going back to Bush 2000, and came up with fascinating examples of concise messaging such as John 3:16 summing up the Christian view of salvation history in exactly 140 characters - evidence that God knew the exact limit [...]
(photo courtesy of State Department, full story from Real Clear Politics here. ) RealClear Politics asked Take Back Our Republic about controversial mega donor Angelo Tsakopoulos hosting an event for Presidential candidate Kamala Harris. TBOR does not take positions on which candidates should be supported or opposed by voters. However, this question gave us a chance to make a distinction between public and transparent donations like this in which voters know who is giving and can decide if that impacts their vote - and the dark money funneled through LLCs, unverified credit card contributions and other means that do not respect the voters right [...]