FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Auburn, AL (June 28, 2015)_ National non-profit Take Back Our Republic (www.takeback.org) announces the selection of Josh Treat as Maine Coordinator. Treat joins a team with political backgrounds that wants to educate the public on conservative solutions for campaign finance reform.
“I was very glad to see Take Back Our Republican take on the issue of foreign money being used in American political campaigns,” said Josh Treat, who worked with TBOR ED John Pudner when both traveled to Iowa for a convention. “I also would like to spread the word to friends in Maine about the idea of a tax credit to encourage small contributions from more hard-working Americans.”
The Maine chapter is the 23rd established since the national launch of Take Back Our Republic in January (see all State Coordinators listed below). A Maine resident and native, Treat spent part of 2014 in Iowa, working at a GOP Convention with Pudner on behalf of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz. He then went on to serve as Political Director for David Young_s successful run for the open Congressional seat, before Treat returned to Maine.
_Josh is the perfect Coordinator, and we are thrilled to have him on board. We are involving people who understand the trials and tribulations of average Americans – no matter what their ideology – and seeing Josh related to people who care enough about their government to come to a political convention made me think of Josh as soon as I ran my last campaign and moved to Take Back Our Republic_ said Pudner, who is pictured below at the convention at Des Moines Christian School where he helped Josh. _But we want people with more than political experience, and the fact that Josh taught rifle shooting at youth camp, and first worked as a technician at a school indicates he is the kind of well-rounded person that is the perfect representative of Take Back Our Republic.
Above all, the Maine Take Back Our Republic (https://takeback.org/groups/view/Maine-State-Coalition) pledges to promote non-partisan solutions to issues plaguing America_s campaign finance system, by pushing to restore power to the hands of voters.
Take Back Our Republic (www.takeback.org), or TBOR, is based near the campus of Auburn University and 90 minutes from the Atlanta airport. Its mission is to conduct research, analysis and public education on conservative ideas for improving the financing of campaigns for public office. One such idea is to incentivize small campaign donations from private citizens. TBOR believes that if more Americans have a voice, politicians will focus less on a handful of large check writers at corporations, unions or special interest groups who expect something in return for their contributions.
The following is a complete list of State Coordinators:
- Alabama:Alexis Esnault_ State Director for Young Americans for Liberty
- California:Francis Johnson_ 25-year Public Professional, Coal Alliance, media watchdog
- Georgia:Jon Woods_ Corporate Litigation Attorney, Princeton/Florida St. Lawyer
- Illinois: Maria Buckley_ University of Chicago student
- 5. Iowa (need to confirm tomorrow): Nolan Bursch – competitive road biker, campaign worker, Drake student
- Louisiana: York Forysth– gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle_s policy director.
- Maine: Josh Treat- Political Director for David Young_s first election, Maine native
- Maryland:Dale Fahnestock_ NASA’S Director of Mission Operations & Data Systems
- Massachusetts:Peter Buckley_ Wealth Management and Elected GOP State Committee
- Michigan; Bryan Posthumus- successful entrepreneur, father ran for LT. Governor, sister is a state rep.
- Minnesota: Marcia Stromgren-Elected local official and business owner
- Mississippi: Morgan Stringer- Ole Miss student and politically active on campus
- Missouri:Jacob Scott_ Campaign and Legislative Aide Victories on _Protect Our Privacy_ and _Right to Farm_
- New Hampshire:Andrew Hemmingway_ Gubernatorial Candidate & Successful Entrepreneur
- North Carolina: Ola Lewis_ superior court judge, former candidate for chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
- Ohio: Jillian Hanes_ Client Relations manager for JB Hamlin
- Oregon: Jeff Kubler_ president of Action Solutions
- Pennsylvania: Chris Boyer- YAL member
- Tennessee: Robert Brunsting- Auburn Graduate
- Texas: Eric Yang- Harvard student, national geography bee champion.
- Utah: Chris Harelson_ Young Americans for Liberty Director
- Virginia:Diane Cullo_ President Bush Appointee for White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges
- West Virginia: Roger Jarrell_ lawyer, son of race car driver Trey Jarrell
- Wyoming: Ogden Driskill _Rancher and former state senator
- Ex-Pats:Tom Freeman_ Works in Guatemala City, first recruits from Guam 13,000 miles away