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Montana Senate Debate Focuses on Money in Politics

October 1, 2018

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 […]

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Transparency Victory on Capitol Hill

September 25, 2018

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 […]

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US political spending getting more secretive with IRS change

July 20, 2018

Political spending in the U.S. is about to become even more secretive after the IRS this week dropped a requirement that many nonprofits have to provide lists of their major donors. John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative group that calls for election spending transparency, has been pushing for regulations on credit-card campaign donations, arguing that they make it easier to hide foreign contributions. Dropping disclosure requirements for the IRS is a step in the wrong […]

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TBOR Campaigns in North Dakota And Congratulates Tuesday’s (Unnamed) Alabama Winners

July 18, 2018

Take Back Our Republic congratulates all the nominees selected in the primary in our home state of Alabama tonight. We will not mention names in this post since we must be careful not to promote candidates as they enter the general election – but Executive Director John Pudner’s former employer the Alabama Farmers Federation scored a huge upset in a Lt. Governor’s primary. Ironically, the current Governor of Alabama also won an upset election for Lt. Governor when Pudner was […]

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Charities Increasingly an Outlet for Political Giving

July 6, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Charitable giving, in an ideal world, should be a completely a-political outlet for funds. Sadly, new research shows that many are circumventing campaign finance laws by aiming to influence policy through charitable giving. An outstanding paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research can be found here: http://www.nber.org/papers/w24451. This research says that 7.1% of charitable giving is politically motivated, that a district’s charitable experience a drop in the immediate period after a congressman leaves office, and that this […]

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Facebook Making (Awkward) Strides Toward Eliminating Foreign Influence

June 28, 2018

AUBURN, AL- File this under the header “Well, at least they are trying.” As Facebook bolsters its efforts to eliminate foreign entities from advertising politically, it is finding plenty of challenges. In response to the justified heat over Facebook’s failure to police Russian influence on its platform, the social media site is now requiring those wishing to advertise political messages to verify their identity as an American citizen. Until that is done, Facebook will block ads deemed to be political […]

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Director of Compliance Job Posting

June 21, 2018

Organization Overview: Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) is a $1MM+, eight-person non-profit educating the public on conservative solutions for campaign finance reform. Their mission is to become the leading organization in developing a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and that every election is financed with transparency by the people to be governed and not by outside special interests. TBOR engages in research, education, and advocacy in favor of returning political power to […]

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Missourians Say “Good Riddance” to Eric Greitens

May 31, 2018

  AUBURN, AL- Eric Greitens road an anti-Establishment wave to the Governor’s Mansion in Missouri. A political outsider, he came out of nowhere to become the “Show-Me” state’s chief executive, and many saw him as a rising star. Not so much. It didn’t take long for Greitens’ true colors to be revealed as he set up dark money organizations, funneled campaign money around, and had an operation that resembled a permanent campaign to promote himself as opposed to a policy […]

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Newly released Facebook ads show Russian trolls targeted Mexican-Americans after Trump election

May 29, 2018

This will never be a solved problem because we’re up against determined, creative and well-funded adversaries. But we are making steady progress,” Facebook said. Facebook said last fall that 11 million people saw the 3,000 ads that were purchased by the Internet Research Agency. However, more than 120 million Americans may have been exposed to regular Facebook and Instagram organic posts that were not ads were published by the troll group. The House Intelligence Committee said the troll group posted 80,000 […]

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2-Week Lone Star-Buckeye Shuttle Concludes in Dallas

May 10, 2018

DALLAS – Meg Bartos (center of photo above) kindly invited us to wrap up our two weeks of shuttling between Ohio and Texas with a well-attended event at her Kanju Interiors in Dallas. To her far left are Take Back Our Republic Texas Coordinator Patricia Embry, then her husband Blair. To Meg’s right is a great ally Brad Hillinger, whose organization acts on our shared concern about political giving from private prisons blocking incarceration reform, and Executive Director John Pudner. […]

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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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