Dark Money

TBOR California Coordinator featured in American Thinker

August 19, 2020

The whole purpose behind representation is to ensure that elected officials are beholden to their voters. But the source of their campaign funds force these officials to court the interests of a select few, the wealthiest of their donors, the neo-nobility of America. Dark money, secret political spending funneled through groups like LLCs to avoid disclosure and scrutiny for conflicts of interest, will still have a huge influence on the fate of Boyle Heights, Salt Lake City, and other parts of the […]

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TBOR Executive Director Discusses Speakers Arrest and Need to Ban Dark Money in Columbus Dispatch

July 31, 2020

The problem with funneling tens of millions through secret channels in the past decade is that, in the short term, it lets the politicians have their cake and eat it, too. As they line at least their allies’ campaign coffers or in some cases even their own pockets with secret money that no one knows about, nothing will stop unless they get arrested on bribery charges. The best-case scenario is an official gets arrested and everyone they know sees it […]

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TBOR Executive Director Talks ActBlue, Small-Dollar Donations and Senate Races

July 8, 2020

With 10s of millions of donations coming through Act Blue in addition to large donors giving Democrats a huge money advantage, the Hill interviewed Take Back Our Republic’s Executive Director. Click here for the entire story, including this quote from Pudner: “The Republican campaigns should be alarmed,” John Pudner, a veteran Republican campaign operative who now runs the nonpartisan group Take Back Our Republic. “There’s this theory that there’s not a lot of enthusiasm for Biden, but there’s so much […]

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Tri-State Coordinator Pins Second Op-Ed in IBTimes

March 25, 2020

“I believe the simplest way to blunt the impact of transactional donations is to incentivize ordinary citizens to make small donations that can, in aggregate, compete with the money from transactional donors. New Jersey should offer taxpayers a refundable tax credit of up to $25 per candidate with an aggregate limit of $100 per year for donations made to state or local campaigns. The tax credit would encourage small donors while making it possible for campaigns to win without the […]

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TBOR Executive Director Featured In Real Clear Politics

February 14, 2020

Critics of dark-money political groups argue that all funds donated to these organizations are fungible in the sense that giving money to a group for a specific purpose helps offset the costs of the group’s other activities and overhead. “At some point the money you’re giving is freeing up resources to spend elsewhere and you are contributing to that – whether you like it or not,” said John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative watchdog group […]

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Who Dominates Dark Money Spending?

October 2, 2019

According to a variety of polls from the Associated Press/University of Chicago Center for Public Affairs Research, The New York Times and the Center for Public Integrity/Ipsos, both Democrat and Republican voters believe the wealthy disproportionately affect elections with their donations and that there should be more campaign finance disclosures and laws to increase campaign finance transparency. To read the article in it’s entirety click here.

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AP Story Quotes TBOR Exec Director Regarding Political Bribery Case

September 24, 2019

See the Associated Press story by Emery P. Dalesio (twitter, all stories) including the following quote from the Executive Director of Take Back Our Republic and President of Take Back Action Fund: John Pudner, a former political consultant who worked to elect Republicans in Virginia and Alabama and President George W. Bush in 2000, said if he were advising Walker, he would hold off on further action until Lindberg is either convicted or cleared. If Lindberg were convicted, Walker should […]

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TBOR in NewsMax: End of FEC Encourages Chinese Meddling

September 4, 2019

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.

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The Chicago Sun-Times urges an end to what President Barack Obama once called “legalized bribery” in Illinois.

August 19, 2019

  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.

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Minnesota Coordinator Holds Money in Politics Town Hall

July 23, 2019

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.  

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Take Back Our Republic strive to be the leading organization in promoting a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and every election is financed with transparency, primarily by the people to be represented and not by outside interests. Headquartered in Auburn, AL since 2015, TBOR has strong financial backing, an engaged board, more than 100 volunteer coordinators in 47 states, and a staff who stands by our mission.

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