State Wisconsin Chapter Kicks Off Efforts with Smyczek as Coordinator


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 many Wisconsinites, whether they agreed with me or supported recall efforts against Governor Walker, were worn out by the non-stop barrage of campaigning. I believe Take Back Our Republic has great ideas on how to get people re-engaged in the political process by encouraging small contributions and educating the public about the threat of foreign money illegally determining elections._

Take Back Our Republic (, or TBOR, is based near the campus of Auburn University and only ninety 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.

Executive Director John Pudner attended both the Democratic and Republican Wisconsin conventions this year, and said the one thing that united conservatives and liberals in the state were their frustration over the endless campaigns. . . That, and making sure Pudner remembered that the Wisconsin Badgers beat his hometown Auburn Tigers in the Outback Bowl last year.

(John Pudner and James Smyczek at Wisconsin_s first TBOR meeting)

TBOR has led a national discussion on allowing a tax credit to enable donors to give the first $200 they would have given the IRS to a candidate or cause of their choice; and, on stopping the credit card loophole that serves as the modern _bags of money_ to get foreign and other money into American campaigns.

Pudner said he approached Smyczek because James recognizes the epidemic of voters_ financial disenfranchisement and brings with him a passion to see the problem addressed. And, Pudner said, _Smyczek_s skills and experience in marketing will help to advance the foundation_s efforts in public education, by packaging and presenting the issue to thousands who have never seen the system from that angle._ 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._

As state coordinator, James Smyczek will act as the public face of the organization_s Wisconsin chapter, meeting with those interested in learning about TBOR_s mission and ideas, speaking with media, and recruiting local residents to join the cause.

_I am honored to add James to our growing team of passionate professionals devoted to this cause,_ Pudner said. _But I most look forward to seeing the efforts of the Wisconsin citizens he_ll help us reach; and, the solutions we can bring to the state to give those citizens the voice they deserve._

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Take Back Our Republic strive to be the leading organization in promoting a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and every election is financed with transparency, primarily by the people to be represented and not by outside interests. Headquartered in Auburn, AL since 2015, TBOR has strong financial backing, an engaged board, more than 100 volunteer coordinators in 47 states, and a staff who stands by our mission.



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