Campaign Finance Reform

Will Republicans Embrace Campaign Finance Reform?

December 11, 2018

Federal filings through mid-November, as compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, show that among donations from the top 25 individual contributors to federal candidates, parties, political action committees, and “527” advocacy groups, $232.9 million went to Republicans and conservatives, and $236.9 million to Democrats and liberals. What about organizational spending? Consider super PACs, those curious manifestations of campaign finance law that the Center for Responsive Politics says “may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, […]

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Report Connects Money Spent at Trump Properties with Presidential Support

December 5, 2018

President Trump’s significant personal fortune helped galvanize support from those who hoped his business acumen would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy. While those supporters see reasons that to believe their hopes have been validated, others concerned that his wealth would raise doubts about his motivations likewise believe they’ve been proven right. The vast holdings of POTUS have raised concerns on various fronts, but one recent report links Trump endorsements to those who spend money at his hotels. […]

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Report Connects Money Spent at Trump Properties with Presidential Support

November 28, 2018

President Trump’s significant personal fortune helped galvanize support from those who hoped his business acumen would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy. While those supporters see reasons that to believe their hopes have been validated, others concerned that his wealth would raise doubts about his motivations likewise believe they’ve been proven right. The vast holdings of POTUS have raised concerns on various fronts, but one recent report links Trump endorsements to those who spend money at his hotels. […]

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Pudner Talks Senate Races and Campaign Finance in NewsMax

November 19, 2018

One of the few issues that could unite people across the Rural vs. Urban and Coasts vs. Middle America chasm is money-in-politics reform, where we helped achieve a great referendum victory for campaign finance reform and an ethics board in North Dakota the same day the state also handed the GOP their most lopsided Senate flip. Silver’s accuracy should also cause conservatives to question some of the leaders’ opposition to any rules on money in politics. Silver’s calculations indicate that […]

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Midterms Break the Bank

November 15, 2018

The rapid growth of the influence of money in politics continued with the 2018 midterm cycle. An astonishing $5.2 billion was spent on elections that, essentially, resulted in a divided government poised for gridlock over the next 2 years. For conservatives, that money bought, perhaps, the opportunity to confirm more Trump judges. For liberals, that money bought, possibly, the ability to fund the ongoing Mueller investigation. And, meanwhile, the American people are all-the-more sick of politics and $5.2 billion that […]

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Pudner Talks Campaign Finance with Cenk of TYT

November 8, 2018

If you missed Executive Director John Pudner’s election day interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks network don’t worry! You can watch the interview and hear John discuss the importance of people over dollars below.

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REMINDER: 2:04 PM EST John featured on TYT with Cenk Uygur

November 6, 2018

Tune in at 2:04 PM EST here to watch John Pudner talk campaign finance reform and election day with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks.

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Opinion: Leadership PAC Loophole Must End

October 8, 2018

AUBURN, AL- As campaign finance scandals grab news, we support an effort to end a loophole that allows similar violations to occur via “Leadership PACs” which the FEC currently does not scrutinize for personal use expenses. As this outstanding Washington Post article (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/09/25/leadership-pacs-are-campaign-finance-scandal/?utm_term=.51946bc49d5a)  notes, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) likely would have not been in trouble had he simply opted to use this mechanism to pay for his lavish lifestyle. Leadership PACs were initially set up as a means to buy […]

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Nike has Political Leanings… to the Right?

October 3, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Your ultra conservative friends on Facebook- you know, the ones posting pictures of themselves burning their shoes- may now hate Nike for its recent advertising, but the apparel company’s political leanings may surprise many. When including the contributions of its co-founder, Phil Knight, Nike has given more than 3 times as much money ($424,000) to Republicans as Democrats ($122,000) this election cycle. This is the 4th cycle (of 5) since 2010 that the company has leaned rightward with […]

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Transparency Victory on Capitol Hill

September 25, 2018

Executive Director John Pudner is on Capitol Hill after a great victory for transparency, and in support of HR1341 to cut off foreign infiltration in our elections through massive unverified credit card contributions. He is pictured above Tuesday morning with Kevin Kosar of RStreet, one of our fasted growing allies, at a forum on the separation of powers and need for Congress to act to represent people rather than defer to judicial activism and executive orders. Pudner commented two weeks […]

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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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