FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Auburn, AL (June 3, 2015)_National non-profit Take Back Our Republic announced Wednesday the selection of political activist York Forsyth as the state coordinator for the foundation_s Louisiana efforts (www.takeback.org/groups/view/Louisiana-state-coalition). Above all, the group pledges to promote non-partisan solutions to issues plaguing America_s campaign finance system, by pushing to restore power to the hands of voters.
_Political funding is a critical issue that_s been overlooked by conservatives for decades,_ Forsyth said. _This is why I_m so proud and excited to be a part of what this organization is doing. We have seen, on both sides of the aisle, the ever increasing influence of the billionaire class on political campaigns and policy that affect all citizens of this great country. Americans deserve to know where this money is coming from, and where it is going. In addition, we should maintain the ability of an individual to give to their politician or political party of choice, but at the same time to allow for greater transparency in this process.”
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.
TBOR Executive Director John Pudner said Forsyth_s passion and experience made him a natural choice for Louisiana coordinator. Currently finishing a PhD in Political Science from the University of New Orleans, Forsyth has served as a senior member on numerous conservative and bipartisan boards and as many political campaigns, most recently as Louisiana gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle_s policy director. As TBOR state coordinator, Forsyth will meet with politicians and donors, engage Louisiana voters in educational events about campaign finance issues and recruit others to the cause.
Forsyth said the injustices of campaign finance laws have been largely ignored by conservatives until now_which he hopes to change_but that TBOR_s work is something voters of affiliation can support. As expressed on TBOR_s website, _We believe that the way in which we elect our officials is not a partisan issue; it is an American issue. _Our organization was formed and is run by individuals who understand the political process from the inside out, and are now seeking to educate people about the power they have to shape the process from the outside in._
_We are thrilled to have York join our team,_ Pudner said. _He has seen how an unfair electoral system can affect the outcome of elections and he has a fire to see the system improved from the inside so the voters have their rightful voice._
_I am really honored to have him on our side,_ he continued, _he can help us do great things in the state, but who I_m really counting on is the passionate citizens of Louisiana and the difference they_ll make when they see how much better politics could be._