Democrats to Tackle Reform with First Bill

December 3, 2018

After 8 years out of power, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House are hoping the control granted them by the voters in 2018 will be more than just a short-term stint. To that end, they’ve wisely selected an issue that resonates with the American people for their first legislative issue: reform. Rep. John Sarbanes will take the lead on the issue, and, as we have discussed frequently the intense degree of public support for these issues. Should Democrats […]

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Why Bother? Controlled “Nonprofits” Make Mockery of Campaign Finance Laws

June 29, 2018

AUBURN, AL- There is a reason 501c4 organizations exist, and we do not want to paint all with a broad brush. In a pluralistic society, it is natural that organizations that speak to specific issues would exist, and it is understandable why some donors would value both the anonymity and unlimited capacity that the entities can offer. It is not hard to imagine why, given the intense feelings on either side of the abortion debate, a pro-choicer would want to […]

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Victory! TBAF Request Results in Rare Bipartisan FEC Vote After Spirited Debate

December 16, 2017

Spirited FEC debate Thursday culminated in a shocking breakthrough victory for Take Back Action Fund (see Thursday’s USA Today and TV from Buffalo to Atlanta), just days after John Pudner’s hour long interviews on both national radio and the TV American Political Zone regarding the impact of campaign finance on tax reform, the military, and trade domination by China. Click here to continue to receive our updates in 2018 as we build on this seemingly impossible victory requiring disclosure on […]

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In the Era of Celebrity Politicians, It May be Time to Look at the System

September 5, 2017

Donald Trump broke all the conventional rules during his improbable rise to the White House. As the nation’s first to occupy the White House without prior public or military service, Donald Trump has broken a barrier. Does that mean we should be prepared for a new era of politics? Well, a potential- and possibly formidable (in more ways than one)- challenger to Trump in 2020 is wrestler/actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.[1] Another is the Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark […]

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A Battle is Brewing in Missouri

April 26, 2017

A showdown is occurring in Missouri between the governor and many in the legislature. Once the state passes its budget, meaningful reforms could be discussed. At the center of the debate is dark money disclosure and how a new 501c4 designed to support Governor Greitens, A New Missouri Inc., is operating. The well-funded group has even taken to launching attack ads that include the personal cell-phone numbers of the legislators it views as opponents. Senior advisors to the group and […]

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Take Back Featured in The American Prospect

April 7, 2017

“We’re going to have an oligarchy here if we don’t get serious about disclosure,” says John Pudner, executive director of the conservative group Take Back Our Republic, which promotes campaign-finance changes, including transparency. Pudner’s group wants to see Congress take up legislation that would codify into law an Internal Revenue Service regulation that in essence requires 501(c)(4) social welfare groups to spend no more than half their money on politics. “If you are acting like a PAC, you can disclose […]

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Legislation Targets Credit-Card Campaign Contributions

December 2, 2015

By Kenneth P. Doyle Dec. 2 — New requirements to verify online campaign contributions made by credit card would be imposed by Republican-backed legislation set to be introduced in the House Dec. 3. The new measure, the Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act of 2015, is intended to block illegal foreign campaign contributions from being funneled into U.S. campaigns through unverified credit-card contributions. Republicans accused President Barack Obama’s campaign of receiving foreign money through credit-card contributions in 2008 and […]

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