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TBOR State Coordinator Jim Rubens featured in the NH Union Leader

November 16, 2021

New Hampshire state coordinator, Jim Rubens, wrote an op-ed this week for the NH Union Leader titled “Conservatives, stand up for our freedom of speech by ending dark money”. His article highlighted significant problems with dark money in politics and the 2022 election year. “Dark money is no small problem. When dark money is included, 2020-cycle spending topped $1 billion. Dark money is grossly under-reported because donors channel money through untraceable shell companies and nonprofits. Anyone who is opposed to […]

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TBOR Executive Director featured on WGN Radio 720 – The Voice of Chicago

April 14, 2021

In an interview with Jim Bohannan, John Pudner highlighted the focus of Take Back Our Republic in 2021. “We are looking for conservative reforms on issues regarding pay for play politics. You know I mentioned Hunter Biden, that is one that we hit where it seems like a family member is being paid off on policy that affects us.” We are also focusing on some “voting innovation, instant runoff is kind of a new concept but even though we argue […]

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Executive Director John Pudner featured on the podcast “Toppling the Duopoly”

January 15, 2021

“In this episode of Toppling the Duopoly, nationally-recognized expert in election reform and host Shawn Griffiths interviews John Pudner, the executive director of the nonpartisan nonprofit Take Back Our Republic. Take Back Our Republic is committed to educating the public on conservative solutions to reform. In the process, it builds nonpartisan coalitions to take on corruption in the political process, shine a light on dark money, end partisan gerrymandering, and implement instant runoff voting (more well known as ranked choice […]

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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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Liberals Embrace Big Money Post-Virginia

November 22, 2017

  AUBURN, AL- In what was a very dark Election Day for many conservatives in Virginia, there may be a ray of sunshine emerging: liberals may be on the verge of making the gross mistake of ceding the campaign finance issue to conservatives. An opinion piece in The Washington Post cites Virginia’s loose campaign laws- which allow unlimited contributions to candidates- as the driving force behind the dramatic and radical shift leftward in the state. The foremost example citing is […]

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TAKE BACK Coordinators Wrap Up Texas Week With Reform Appeal to Conservatives

October 11, 2017

DALLAS – Texas Take Back Our Republic Coordinators Itamar Gelbman and Patricia Embry, joined Executive Director John Pudner (photo above) wrapped up a week of Texas meetings with an appeal for conservatives to join the fight for reform. The third Texas Coordinator Eric Yang is at Harvard for the school year. Pudner made the case that libertarians should reject the argument that they should favor no reform, and allow systems such as South Dakota’s law allowing secret gifts to politicians, […]

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Conservatives Right to Point Out Price Was Wrong

October 2, 2017

“This is something the voters should be concerned about. Money that is personally benefiting you is more of a concern and can be a more powerful force pulling you into a decision on related issues than campaign funding.” To read the story in its entirety click here.

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Examiner Quotes TBOR Re: Lobbying + Contributions Hurting Taxpayers

September 12, 2017

Weekly Standard senior writer Tony Mecia summarized key aspects of the www.takeback.org agenda in the Washington Examiner, a top news source for Capitol Hill: John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative group advocating for campaign finance reform, says lobbying combined with campaign cash creates a system that hurts taxpayers. “Stopping the revolving door is important, but also realizing that somebody is trading millions in lobbying and campaign contributions for billions in taxpayer money — that’s a big […]

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At Harvard: Pudner Cites HSUS as Example of Why Conservatives Should Join Fight on Big Money Politics

April 3, 2016

With the Final Four this weekend, we kept the college spirit with TBOR Executive Director John Pudner joining Board Member Dr. Richard Painter at Painter’s alma mater Harvard for comments on campaign finance reform. While Laura MacLeery of the Brennan Center and Max Stahl of Democracy Matters made the progressive case regarding big money from industry and private prisons affecting policy and implementation of regulations, we appreciate having the opportunity to point out to Harvard Law students the reasons conservatives should also be concerned […]

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Conservative Solutions for Campaign Finance Reform

September 17, 2015

Ohio Conservative Review We Can Honor the Grassroots Money and the Constitution as We Reform Campaign Finance Campaign finance reform.This phrase seems to have become synonymous with progressive policies like top-down government mandates and financial restrictions. It_s time to change that. Ahead of the 2016 election cycle, the issue of money in politics and the resulting common frustration with the outsized influence held by mega-donors will increasingly come into focus. Conservatives across the country, particularly here in Ohio, have an […]

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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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