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Lobbying Industry Means Big Money in the Empire State- A By the Numbers Look

May 2, 2017

In our study on state lobbying, New York has been a chief villain. The Empire State ranked second in growth in overall number (933) and ninth in growth rate (22%). As a reminder, here are a reminder on the year by year numbers from New York: Behind the numbers, however, is an incredible growth in the amount of money being spent on lobbying. From $120 million in spending in 2003, the number topped $210 million in 2013.[1] By 2015, the […]

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A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Control of the Legislature and the States with the Greatest Increase in Lobbyists Rate

April 5, 2017

AUBURN, AL- In our last article, we looked at the ten states we have identified as seeing the highest growth in the number of state lobbyists: California, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Indiana, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Rhode Island. In that article, we examined the relationship that growth had with the Party that held the governorship, but, today, we look at the same sample and its relationship to the legislature. As in the previous article, we begin with a […]

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A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Control of the Legislature and the State’s with the Highest Lobbyist Growth Number

March 29, 2017

In our last article, we looked at the ten states we have identified as seeing the highest growth rate in the number of state lobbyists: California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, Maine, New York, and Delaware. In that article, we examined the relationship that growth rate had with the Party that held the governorship. We saw that the ten states were skewed toward a Democrat preference and that the trends indicated higher growth when Democrats were in […]

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A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Governor’s Mansion and States with the Highest Growth Rate

March 22, 2017

A Study on State Lobbying: The Relationship Between Party in Governor’s Mansion and States with the Highest Growth Rate #4, 3.22.17 By TBOR Staff AUBURN, AL- As we continue our study on state lobbying, we take a closer look at the ten states we have identified as seeing the highest growth rate in the number of state lobbyists: California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Dakota, Maine, New York, and Delaware. In looking at these states, we see a […]

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White Paper Wednesday Episode 3: A by the Numbers Look at State Lobbying

March 15, 2017

A Study on State Lobbying: By The Numbers from 2006-15 #3 3.15.17 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- In our last article, we wrote about the time period of 2006 to 2015 and introduced a few thoughts. Below we briefly break down the numbers of lobbyists at the state level over the decade. The total number of state-level lobbyists grew from 42,895 to 45,555- a growth of 2660 lobbyists. This represents an increase in state lobbyists of 6.2% over the […]

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A Study on State Lobbying: By The Numbers from 2006-15

March 15, 2017

AUBURN, AL- In our last article, we wrote about the time period of 2006 to 2015 and introduced a few thoughts. Below we briefly break down the numbers of lobbyists at the state level over the decade. The total number of state-level lobbyists grew from 42,895 to 45,555- a growth of 2660 lobbyists. This represents an increase in state lobbyists of 6.2% over the decade. Across the country, 28 states saw an increase in the number of lobbyists. Twenty-two states saw a decrease. […]

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Stanford Law School Audio & Powerpoint

February 8, 2017

Pre-eminent election and democracy/data lawyers Ben Ginsberg and Nate Persily were among those asking hard-hitting questions of Take Back Executive Director John Pudner at Stanford Law School Tuesday. View the entire presentation including videos here, and listen to the audio of the great session at which Pudner laid out the commercials and door-to-door tactics that win campaigns and will be incorporated into an open source People Powered Playbook. Ginsberg was national counsel to Bush/Cheney in both campaigns, including the 2000 recount, and since represented […]

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White Paper: Self-Enrichment in Public Office

December 6, 2016

Take Back Our Republic congratulates President-elect Donald Trump, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and the other candidates on a hard fought campaign. Our hope, as we emerge from this intense election cycle, is that our nation’s new leadership will take seriously the importance of influence reform. In this paper, we look at the numerous ways that politicians are influenced by their own self-enrichment. We briefly outline simple proposals that would help fix the problem. It is our belief that this can generate […]

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Take Back Welcomes Our Newest Team Member

July 8, 2016

Take Back would like to welcome our newest team member! Lacy Campbell joined us this week, Lacy will be handling bookkeeping as well as assisting with research. Lacy is a recent graduate of Auburn University, an alum of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and served on Auburn’s SGA student senate. The entire team is excited to have her joining us and we encourage all of our followers to welcome her aboard!

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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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