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TBOR Gerrymandering White Paper

July 30, 2018

Gerrymandering Solutions By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- There’s a lot to dislike about gerrymandering. It’s unfair. It protects those in power. It silences and disenfranchises a large number of Americans. The reality: gerrymandering means less choice, more entrenched power, and the idea of “foregone conclusions” that runs counter to the very idea of democracy. Gerrymandering is not new to American politics. In 1788, Patrick Henry used his influence to draw districts that would make life more difficult for his political […]

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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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Is New York Really the “Standard”?

May 14, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Earlier this year, the Campaign Finance Institute testified to their study on New York’s matching program- where public funds are used to encourage small-dollar donors. This program has been called the national “standard.” Well, according to the study, there are “red flags” that should tamper enthusiasm about such efforts. CFI Executive Director Michael J. Malbin, who is also a Professor of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of […]

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New Mexico Passes Anti-Foreign Influence Bill Based on TBOR Educational Paper

March 3, 2018

As reported in the Sante Fe New Mexican, legislation based on a Take Back educational paper was passed in the New Mexico legislature and signed by Governor Susana Martinez. “SB 50, sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, and Albuquerque Republicans Reps. Jim Dine and Bill Rehm, closes what campaign finance reform advocates call a “credit card loophole” that can allow donors to make unverifiable, fraudulent contributions to politicians. The bill would require that donors type in a three-digit security code […]

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Open Secrets Shows Need to Broaden Donor Pool

November 13, 2017

Reminder: Open Secrets Shows Need to Broaden Donor Pool, Achieve Reform By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- Usually, we highlight new examples that show possible avenues for reform as well as the intense need. Today, however, we want to remind our supporters of a diagram put together by Open Secrets, the non-profit political money-tracking organization. Their article on 2010 congressional elections and how they were funded can be found here: https://www.opensecrets.org/resources/dollarocracy/04.php. This research is important and shows why we believe what […]

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OpEd: Luther Strange went from Rising Star to Short Serving Senator Because of People’s Opposition to Big Money, Power

October 18, 2017

Luther Strange spent a significant portion of his life wanting to be a United States Senator. Now, after holding the coveted title for less than a year, he has just a few short months left on the job. The short tenure of Strange will be studied in Alabama political-science departments for years to come. His fall from grace was one few would have predicted. “Big Luther,” just a few short years ago, was considered untouchable on the Alabama scene. More […]

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A Study on State Lobbying: High Growth States and Campaign Finance- Part 1 (Top 5 Population States)

June 7, 2017

We have been studying states where lobbying has dramatically grown from 2006-15. Thirteen states rank in the top ten in either or both of the highest growth rate states or most significant raw growth states: California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, Maine, New York, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, and Rhode Island. Today, we will take a look at the states on this list that rank in the top four in population (California, Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania) and their […]

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Take The Poll!

May 25, 2017

Over the years, we’ve heard lots of ideas on how to improve the campaign finance system – at every level of government. Which proposals do you think should be top priority? Take the poll HERE!    

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A Study on State Lobbying: Culture of Corruption Permeates Empire State

May 22, 2017

In our study on lobbying, we go on quite the rabbit trail again this week as we look at a culture of corruption in New York. Like our most recent paper on the subject, we understand that we are being somewhat tangential. However, we continue to believe that loose laws and a culture where influence is held by the few leads to other problems. Consider one such example in the handling of stipends given to committee chairpersons. The system, which […]

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A Study on State Lobbying: New York Plagued by More than Numbers

May 15, 2017

AUBURN, AL- Last week, we took a by the numbers look at the problems in New York- one of the greatest growth states in lobbying around the country. Sadly, the numbers do not even tell the full story. In the coming days, we will have information on the New York LLC loophole that we have discussed previously. However, there are far more issues in the Empire State. Loose laws in the state are driving increasing criticism that public officials are […]

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