Foreign Contributions

Take Back Advocates for Congressional, FEC Action on Foreign Influence

December 13, 2017

Wednesday and Thursday Take Back Our Republic President Francis Johnson, DC-based Development Director Steve Thomas, and Executive Director John Pudner will meet with Congressional offices. The topic will be the importance of passing HR1341 and S1660 to cut off an avenue for foreign influence on US elections through the billions of dollars in nameless small dollar contributions sent through unverified credit card donations to evade bank scrutiny. Former long-time NRA lobbyist Chuck Cunningham will lead the effort to pass these important bills […]

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Call 202.224.3121, Committees Consider Making Our Bill a Law!

August 4, 2017

School House Rock taught grade school students ever since Generation X about how a bill became a law in Saturday morning cartoons. Now you can be part of the process by calling 202.224.3121 and entering your zip code to leave a message for your Member of Congress to sponsor HR1341 and your two Senators to sponsor S1660. You do not even need to know their names before you call! Here are the steps from that old cartoon, and where this […]

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Take Back John Pudner on Politics and Moore – July 1st

July 14, 2017
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St. Petersburg Moves to Cap Super PAC Money, Prevent Foreign Influence

June 26, 2017

We’ve covered the movement within local governments to begin the pushback against big money, and St. Petersburg, FL is the latest shining example. The city made a move last week to cap Super PAC money at $5,000 and keep foreign entities from making an impact in our elections. Elected officials in St. Petersburg made the move despite a legal opinion that the law is likely unconstitutional. The lawmakers stated a belief that they could not sit idly by, and they […]

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The real loser is the current campaign finance system

June 22, 2017

Take Back Responds to GA-6 Special Congressional Election Executive Director John Pudner released the following statement about this week’s special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District: “Negative TV commercials finally stopped running in Atlanta this week, with the election of Republican Karen Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff.  Take Back Our Republic does not take positions on elections, but now that this election is over, we can comment on the millions of dollars that flooded this district through unverified credit card […]

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Unverified Contributions, Dark Money Flood GA-6

June 21, 2017
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End Campaign Contributions from Unidentified Sources!

May 15, 2017

End campaign contributions from unidentified sources! A huge loophole in campaign finance laws allows unknown donors to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns via credit card. We need to stop this – before the next election. Congress has known about this loophole since 2008, when a Missouri woman went public with the fact that someone had used her identity to disguise almost $175,000 in campaign contributions. Since then, this same “unverified contribution” process has been used to fund hundreds […]

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NY Times Links to takeback.org in Bannon Story; Podesta Firm Admits Foreign Contracts

November 28, 2016

The New York Times linked to Take Back Our Republic in a piece on President-elect Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The Times writes: Steve and his two brothers went to Benedictine High School, an all-male Catholic military school in Richmond where the boys wore uniforms, kept their hair short and were called cadets. “It was a very conservative world,” said John Pudner, a Benedictine graduate who knows Mr. Bannon and runs Take Back Our Republic, an advocacy group based in […]

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Take Back Our Republic Featured in Recent Center for Public Integrity Article

October 19, 2016

“The theme we laid out was we have got to stop foreign money from getting in,” John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic recently said regarding his meeting with Trump officials on the need for campaign finance reform, You can read the full article Here

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VP Debate proves need for H.R. 4177

October 6, 2016

In the Vice Presidential debate, both candidates accused the other campaign of being susceptible to foreign influences. Regardless of the validity of the claims raised by either side, these accusations illustrate the importance of the work Take Back Our Republic is pursuing to pass HR 4177. This legislation amends the Federal Election Campaign Act to prevent campaigns, political committees, and most importantly, elected officials from accepting credit card contributions unless the source can be as identified as coming from a […]

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