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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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Montana Senate Debate Focuses on Money in Politics

October 1, 2018

Saturday’s Montana PBS US Senate Debate started with the topic of the day, the Kavanaugh nomination, but ended up focusing on money in politics in a state that could decide the Senate majority. By the time the “Dark Money” segment of the debate started at the 46:41 mark moderators John Twiggs and Anna Rau noted the topic already became a focus before the topic was officially raised. Take Back Our Republic does not support or oppose candidates, but we believe […]

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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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Charities Increasingly an Outlet for Political Giving

July 6, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Charitable giving, in an ideal world, should be a completely a-political outlet for funds. Sadly, new research shows that many are circumventing campaign finance laws by aiming to influence policy through charitable giving. An outstanding paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research can be found here: http://www.nber.org/papers/w24451. This research says that 7.1% of charitable giving is politically motivated, that a district’s charitable experience a drop in the immediate period after a congressman leaves office, and that this […]

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Missourians Say “Good Riddance” to Eric Greitens

May 31, 2018

  AUBURN, AL- Eric Greitens road an anti-Establishment wave to the Governor’s Mansion in Missouri. A political outsider, he came out of nowhere to become the “Show-Me” state’s chief executive, and many saw him as a rising star. Not so much. It didn’t take long for Greitens’ true colors to be revealed as he set up dark money organizations, funneled campaign money around, and had an operation that resembled a permanent campaign to promote himself as opposed to a policy […]

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Mick Mulvaney’s Stunning Admission and the Dark Money Now Targeting Him

May 4, 2018

AUBURN, AL- It was weird hearing someone say it out loud. OMB Director and Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mick Mulvaney gave voice to the open secret in Washington that “pay to play” is a real thing with a recent stunning admission: “If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. If you came from back home and […]

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Arizona Considering “Dirty Money” Ban

May 2, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Arizona has become a hotbed for “dark money” in recent years. Now, a campaign aimed at what they are calling “dirty money” is underway with the hopes of requiring more disclosure. According to The Republic, $27.3 million was spent in the 2014 election by outside groups- with $12 million being spent in the governor’s race alone. Their research shows that 46% of that money was “dark money” from groups that do not disclose their donors. Now, former Arizona […]

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Director of Development Position Available

April 30, 2018

        DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Auburn, Alabama     BACKGROUND Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) is a $1MM+, eight-person non-profit educating the public on conservative solutions for campaign finance reform. Their mission is to become the leading organization in developing a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and that every election is financed with transparency by the people to be governed and not by outside special interests. TBOR engages in research, […]

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The Business Case for Campaign Finance Reform

September 19, 2017

“With everything else on your desk right now, why care about campaign finance reform?” “Because it’s not just about “campaign finance.”  It’s about the future workability of our democracy.   Special interest money in politics completely distorts not just our system of government – but also our economy and, increasingly, our culture and sense of community. ‘Dark’ money skews the ability of small and mid-sized companies to have their voices heard.” To read John’s Op-Ed in its entirety click here

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Rebalancing Our Political System to Take Back Our Republic

August 23, 2017

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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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