Dark Money

West Virginia Field Team Attends Special Session

June 11, 2021

This week the TBOR field team was on the ground in Charleston to meet with state delegates during the special session. Below is an update from Field Coordinator Johnny Babilon, for continued updates from the West Virginia field team visit TransparentWV.com After being invited to the special session of the West Virginia Legislature, earlier this week West Virginia field coordinators Johnny and Noah met with legislators at the Capitol in Charleston, WV. At a great meeting with Delegate Josh Booth […]

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Field Team attends Reagan Picnic in Martinsburg, WV

May 18, 2021

On Saturday, Lars Wiechmann (National Field Director), Noah Durham (Central Field Director), and Johnny Babilon (Eastern Field Director) attended a Reagan Picnic at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg, WV. They met with many conservative leaders from Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan county to discuss the work they are doing in the state for “West Virginians for Transparency”. The highlight of the event is when Secretary of State Mac Warner asked Noah and Johnny to help him with his presentation by playing […]

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Executive Director John Pudner featured on the podcast “Toppling the Duopoly”

January 15, 2021

“In this episode of Toppling the Duopoly, nationally-recognized expert in election reform and host Shawn Griffiths interviews John Pudner, the executive director of the nonpartisan nonprofit Take Back Our Republic. Take Back Our Republic is committed to educating the public on conservative solutions to reform. In the process, it builds nonpartisan coalitions to take on corruption in the political process, shine a light on dark money, end partisan gerrymandering, and implement instant runoff voting (more well known as ranked choice […]

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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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