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California Speaker Pro Tem Takes Authorship of Bill Aimed at Dark Money

August 21, 2017

California’s AB 249 has a high profile new author. With former Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez sworn in as a member of Congress last month, Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin is taking lead on the bill aimed at dark money. Mullin is no stranger to reform issues. Earlier this year, he was at the center of a movement to reform local campaign finance laws, which were out of control. Now, he is aiming his political capital at dark money. This bill, AB […]

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Take Back Fighting To Enhance Transparency, Empower Voters in New Mexico

July 20, 2017

In a recent OpEd penned by Common Cause for NPR affiliate, NRWG, Take Back Our Republic was mentioned as a conservative organization fighting for commonsense campaign finance reform in New Mexico. “Reforming disclosure rules in New Mexico has also been supported by a number of prominent national Republicans, including Trevor Potter, a Republican lawyer and former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and John Pudner, a Republican activist and executive director of Take Back Our Republic. “ Take Back Our Republic is […]

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Liberty Grove Joins Host of Wisconsin Communities Calling for Reform

July 18, 2017

The Badger State continues to be a hotbed for reform. There, grassroots movements are thriving in communities- 108 to be exact. With the addition of Liberty Grove, that’s the number of Wisconsin communities who have called for a referendum. This referendum would allow voters to determine whether the state should call for a constitutional amendment to address campaign finance reform. There are 19 other states who have made similar calls. Door County United to Amend, which is coordinating the charge […]

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The real loser is the current campaign finance system

June 22, 2017

Take Back Responds to GA-6 Special Congressional Election Executive Director John Pudner released the following statement about this week’s special election in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District: “Negative TV commercials finally stopped running in Atlanta this week, with the election of Republican Karen Handel over Democrat Jon Ossoff.  Take Back Our Republic does not take positions on elections, but now that this election is over, we can comment on the millions of dollars that flooded this district through unverified credit card […]

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Unverified Contributions, Dark Money Flood GA-6

June 21, 2017
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End Campaign Contributions from Unidentified Sources!

May 15, 2017

End campaign contributions from unidentified sources! A huge loophole in campaign finance laws allows unknown donors to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns via credit card. We need to stop this – before the next election. Congress has known about this loophole since 2008, when a Missouri woman went public with the fact that someone had used her identity to disguise almost $175,000 in campaign contributions. Since then, this same “unverified contribution” process has been used to fund hundreds […]

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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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The People of Oregon Drowned Out While Politicians Swim in a Pool of Cash

March 23, 2017

Profiles in Corruption: The People of Oregon Drowned Out While Politicians Swim in a Pool of Cash from Government Contractors 3.23.17 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- At Take Back Our Republic, we thoroughly enjoy highlighting genuine reform efforts. On the other hand, we do feel compelled to perform the less pleasurable task of pointing out heinous corruption where it exists. Today, we look at Oregon- where Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum take their citizens money, distribute […]

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Bloomberg: Super PAC Spending Replaces Dark Money as Election Nears

October 19, 2016

Major campaign spending organizations closely tied to Democratic and Republican leaders and funded by undisclosed donations—known by critics as “dark money”—have spent $26 million in key Senate races in 2016 but have significantly reduced their TV ad spending in the final weeks of the campaign, according to a Bloomberg BNA analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG data. The change allowed the groups to avoid Federal Election Commission reporting requirements that apply to “electioneering communications”—targeted TV and radio ads that refer to a […]

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Town Hall Debate Question Leads to Secret Contributions Discussion

October 11, 2016

  With all the distractions associated with the last Presidential debate, most will not remember the name Beth Miller, but we at Take Back Our Republic continue to work to make certain that the conversation she sparked there continues. Miller, an undecided voter, was chosen to pose a question to the candidates and she was the individual who ignored the drama and instead, asked about something that truly matters to voters – the influence money can have on campaigns and […]

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