Dark Money

Press Notes TBOR’s Tour of S. Dakota to Make Case for Reform Among Trump Supporters

September 20, 2016

TBOR Board Member Richard Painter and Executive Director John Pudner finished the first of three days in South Dakota at Mt. Rushmore. The Argus Leader documented the case that anyone voting for Donald Trump should also vote for a state referendum (IM 22). Pudner stressed that Take Back Our Republic was not urging anyone to vote for or against a certain candidate – only that those already voting for Trump should also vote for this measure to curtail the power of […]

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Rise of Scam Packs

June 15, 2016

Scam Pacs are adding a whole new dimesion to Dark Money. This video by Ken Vogel discussing these Pacs is definitely worth the watch. Click here to watch the interview.

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D.C. Consultants Get Windfall From ‘Dark Money’ Nonprofits

May 20, 2016

Much of the money funneled into election and issue campaigns via nonprofit “dark money” groups ends up with a handful of political-advertising and -consulting firms in Washington and its environs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In several cases, such 501(c)(4) social-welfare organizations, which are not required to disclose their funding sources, spent most or all of the money they raised on a sole lobbyist, strategist, or other political vendor, the center writes, citing the organizations’ tax filings. In 2011, […]

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John Pudner Featured in BillMoyers.com

April 1, 2016

“But John Pudner, a former Republican political consultant who now heads a nonprofit group focused on money’s role in politics, Take Back Our Republic, said he’s seen some encouraging comments from Republican candidates and lawmakers, and he thinks some are considering laying out a platform. “Campaign finance and money in politics has become such a hot issue that everyone is realizing that if one side is talking about it and the other isn’t, that’s going to hurt the side that isn’t,” […]

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Speak out about campaign finance reform

March 9, 2016

Today, we published a poll on icitizen, a free mobile app that helps raise awareness for civic issues, on Campaign Donation Transparency. icitizen will deliver these results to elected officials when the poll closes March 18th. We encourage all of you to vote in the icitizen app. Make your voices count on campaign finance! To participate, follow these quick steps: Download the icitizen app in the App Store or Google Play store Select “join” when you open the app and […]

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“Dark money’ in politics quickly growing” Associated Press quotes John Pudner on campaign finance reform.

January 4, 2016

  Dark money’ in politics quickly growing BY GEOFF MULVIHILL THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Posted: Sunday, January 3, 2016 12:00 am CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Just before Rhode Island voters chose their governor in 2014, a group in Ohio transferred $730,000 from secret donors to another Ohio organization that spent the money on television ads aimed at defeating Gina Raimondo, the Democrat who eventually won a tight race. More than a year later, it’s still not clear where the money […]

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TBOR Update

August 19, 2015

The Ruidoso News announcement of the state meeting of Take Back Our Republic corresponded to an MSNBC story on the group (all 3 news channels have now run web stories with an earlierFox Newsop-edandtweet from the CNNdigital political reporter). Many stories from top conservative outlets and the Washington Post can befound here, but the widespread interest from local media has been equally important. Anyone interested in joining the state chapter of the group to learn about conservative solutions to campaign […]

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New Jersey Business Owner to Coordinate Tri-State Effort

August 14, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Jared Thomas404.663.3646press@takeback.org HOBOKEN – Paul Lichstein started a business in his Hoboken apartment and built it into a company serving customers on three continents. Now, he is taking on a new challenge as the State Coordinator for Take Back Our Republic in the largest media market in the United States. _I_ve watched what government does for certain companies at the expense of others, and was happy to see Take Back Our Republic emerge as the national […]

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Dark Money in PA; New DC Champion; Please Donate!

March 7, 2015

Another packed couple of weeks, with a great addition to the team to run our DC office, news from Pennsylvania in our effort to educate people about ways to return the government from dark money to the citizens, and our first chance to ask you to contribute! 1. Please donate today! Taking those three in reverse order _ we need your help in this crucial effort! The outpouring these first two months has been fantastic with thousands now connected with […]

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Liberal ‚dark money‚ group scrutinized in Pennsylvania

March 7, 2015

March 4th, 2015 Regulators to probe union-backed nonprofit for apparent disclosure discrepancies. PHILADELPHIA _ State election regulators will soon investigate whether Pennsylvanians for Accountability, a liberal nonprofit that repeatedly criticized former Pennsylvania GOP Gov. Tom Corbett and other conservative politicians, violated political disclosure laws. Read the full article here.

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