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For Media Only – Video Statement Regarding Effective Shut Down of Federal Elections Commission

August 27, 2019 @ 3:40 pm
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This link is available only to media representatives - with full rights to use both the video and any other information below with attribution.   Statement from John Pudner, Executive Director of Take Back Our Republic, regarding Petersen’s resignation - to effectively shut down Federal Elections Commission “We appreciate Commissioner Matthew Petersen for his service - most importantly joining fellow Republican Lee Goodman and Caroline Hunter to cross the aisle and vote with Ellen Weintraub and Steven Walther to require Facebook to disclose who is playing for political ads,” said John Pudner, Executive Director of “This example of the [...]

Take Back Congratulates Neil Gorsuch on SCOTUS Confirmation

April 8, 2017 @ 12:21 am
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Take Back our Republic would like to congratulate Neil Gorsuch on his elevation to the Supreme Court. At the same time, we also want to point out that his confirmation process represents exactly what is wrong with our political process. When Judge Gorsuch was nominated to sit on the federal Appeals Court, his nomination was confirmed unanimously. The entire Senate agreed that he was “an extraordinarily well-qualified nominee” deserving of bipartisan support. Yet just a decade later, there is so much partisan rancor in the Senate that Leadership had to invoke “the nuclear option” to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed. What [...]

  Action Expected After Entire House Administration Committee Co-Sponsors “Stop Foreign Donations Affecting our Elections Act of 2015

June 27, 2016 @ 11:46 pm
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” Washington, DC – Amidst breaking Supreme Court decisions and partisan fighting over the House sit in, a rare point of unity emerged as every member of both political parties on the House Administration Committee agreed to co-sponsor the “Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act of 2015” (HR4177). This measure amends the “Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971” to require credit verification value (CVV) and billing address for all online political contributions to federal candidates, thereby preventing foreign nationals from gaming the system. Supporters hope the unanimous support of the first nine Members of Congress who will vote on [...]

Microsoft Exec Kicks Off Forum; TBOR ED Presents Tonight

June 9, 2016 @ 4:21 am
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Microsoft's VP of Technology & Civic Engagement (Dan'l Lewin, right in photo) kicked off the Civic Hall's Personal Democracy Forum 2016, and TBOR's Executive Director (John Pudner, left in photo) will present at 4 p.m. Thursday. Pudner will cover how an open source "People's Democracy Playbook," can enable candidates to be elected  without being addicted to the constant pursuit of political contributions. The panel is called, "Don't Be Overcharged--How Open Data is Changing the Political Ad Marketplace." In conversation Wednesday, Pudner cited his work to rally public opinion against the break up of Microsoft in 1999 as a response to the [...]

Former Miami-area Mayor, Conservative Reformer, Joins Advisory Board

April 28, 2016 @ 4:24 pm
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         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     April 28, 2016     Contact:     404-663-3646     Jared S. Thomas, Press Secretary Auburn, AL –A former Miami area Mayor who successfully took on and defeated a big money attempt to have taxpayers fund their football stadium joins the Advisory Board today. Former Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall successfully fought and helped stop the Miami Dolphins’ now-defunct push for a subsidized stadium renovation. As a known conservative leader and police officer willing to fight for reform, MacDougall proved an effective voice in stopping the giveaway of taxpayer money in South Dade for the stadium as another example of [...]

Country Music Star, Distinguished Advisory Board Promote TBOR

March 30, 2016 @ 5:32 am
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Auburn, AL – Wednesday’s announcement of distinguished Advisory Board Members from throughout the United States comes the day after a visit from Country Rocker Donica Knight, whose song Love Ain’t A Prize was the No. 1 iTunes new country release late in 2015. We appreciate Donica already spreading the word about as she has a few more followers than us (140,000 YouTube views the first three days she released her first song is a little hard for us to top). Beth Coulson will chair the National Board of Advisors for Take Back Our Republic, an independent nonpartisan group that [...]

Coulson to Chair National Board of Advisors

March 30, 2016 @ 5:22 am
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Auburn, AL – Beth Coulson has accepted a position on the National Board of Advisors for Take Back Our Republic, an independent nonpartisan group that is focusing on conservative solutions to problems with the campaign finance system. “I welcome the opportunity to give more people a voice in the political process,” Coulson said. “I look forward to helping improve our campaign finance system.” Coulson is a former member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the north suburban Chicago 17th District from 1997 to 2011. Coulson won election in the Chicago area despite running as a Republican, with President Obama [...]

Multiple GOP Candidates Address Money in Politics

September 17, 2015 @ 7:31 am
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BOSTON - _When we launched Take Back Our Republic in January, we were told no Republicans were concerned about money in politics,_ according to John Pudner, who commented from Boston after an interview with a conservative talk radio show, just prior to the GOP debate. Eight months later, multiple Republican candidates for President felt the issue was important enough to address during the Presidential debate on CNN. Pudner affirms that _[campaign finance reform] vindicates that candidates from both parties understand that Americans want solutions to money in politics._ While the group takes no position on which candidate is right or [...]

State Wisconsin Chapter Kicks Off Efforts with Smyczek as Coordinator

September 1, 2015 @ 10:21 am
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jared Auburn, AL _James Smyczek of Wisconsin had one of the first State Chapter meetings for Take Back Our Republic in Fond du Lac (see photo below). Smyczek is the marketing manager for a nationally leading biochemical manufacturing company, and will serve as the state coordinator for the non-profit's Wisconsin efforts. Above all, Take Back pledges to promote non-partisan solutions to issues plaguing America_s campaign finance system, by pushing to restore power back to the voters. _I have enjoyed meeting other Wisconsinites while knocking on doors for political candidates in the past,_ said Smyczek. _Too [...]