Drain the Swamp

Pudner Talks To Newsweek About Draining The Swamp in DC

July 10, 2017

John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a conservative government reform group and a Bannon ally, says he has mixed feelings on the administration’s use of Washington insiders in lower-level administrative positions. “At some point, at the lower level, you have to have people who understand the process,” Pudner says. “The rock and the hard place is you need to have people who get things done but you don’t want people married to the system who take the […]

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Trump’s Efforts To ‘Drain The Swamp’ Lagging Behind His Campaign Rhetoric

April 26, 2017

Still, the promise to drain the swamp “is a central topic to why President Trump won this election,” said John Pudner, director of a conservative good-government group called Take Back Our Republic. His sense of the situation now: Trump started strong on the ethics issues but needs to do more follow-up. Pudner also sees a problem, though: Trump’s own decision to maintain ownership of his business empire, through a transparent trust that designates him as the only beneficiary. Pudner said […]

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New Book on Washington Corruption Takes Insiders to Task

April 25, 2017

New Book on Washington Corruption Takes Insiders to Task 4.25.17 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- Too often, politicians go to Washington and quickly get caught in the trap of appeasing DC insiders or advancing their own interests over representing their constituents. That’s why we appreciate Congressman Ken Buck’s (R-CO) “I didn’t go to DC to make friends” attitude. Recently, he released a book called “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse than You Think” that is bound to […]

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50 Swamps? Take Back’s First Look at Lobbying at the State Level

March 14, 2017

AUBURN, AL- Regardless of whether you are an adamant Trump supporter or one of the 54.1% of Americans who voted for someone else, one undeniable fact from the 2016 presidential election is that President Trump “caught fire” with the phrase “Drain the Swamp.” Introduced relatively late in the campaign, the phrase galvanized those sick of seeing the nation’s capital run amok- a place where lobbyists rule and incestuous and crooked deals reign. However, the facts point toward “Drain the Swamps,” […]

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50 Swamps? Take Back’s First Look at Lobbying at the State Level

March 3, 2017

  A Study on State Lobbying: 50 Swamps? #1, 3.3.2017 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- Regardless of whether you are an adamant Trump supporter or one of the 54.1% of Americans who voted for someone else, one undeniable fact from the 2016 presidential election is that President Trump “caught fire” with the phrase “Drain the Swamp.” Introduced relatively late in the campaign, the phrase galvanized those sick of seeing the nation’s capital run amok- a place where lobbyists rule […]

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USA Today: Trump can’t ‘drain the swamp’ without reform at the FEC

February 28, 2017

A central tenet of President Donald Trump’s campaign was his promise to “restore law and order” by enforcing the laws of the land. But that’s not likely going to include campaign finance laws, or telling the Federal Election Commission to do its job. Former Santa Clara County counsel Ann Ravel announced last week that she’s resigning from the commission effective March 1, having concluded that there’s nothing she can do to alter the dysfunction permeating what’s supposed to be a […]

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Take Back Supports Florida Reps. “Drain the Swamp Act”

February 6, 2017

Last Week, U.S. Representative Ron Desantis (FL-06) introduced a bill focused on stopping the revolving door culture of Washington D.C. The “Drain the Swamp Act” as it is called will as push to extend the lobbying ban to 5 years, broaden the existing ban on foreign nationals donating to political parties or campaigns, and preventing senior officials from representing, aiding, or advising a foreign entity with the intent to influence the executive or legislative branches of the United States government. […]

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Drudge Report & Time Magazine Reference Take Back ED in Cover Stories

February 3, 2017

  For the second time since the formation of Take Back Our Republic (Take Back), Executive Director John Pudner is mentioned in an article on Drudge Report, and this time it is courtesy of him appearing in the cover story of Time Magazine. The account of the past work with Steve Bannon occurred before John Pudner gave up Republican consulting to work full-time in search of conservative solutions by starting Take Back and Bannon gave up Breitbart to lead the […]

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Draining the Swamp: Campaign Finance Reform (Again)

December 1, 2016

Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner recently sat down with the leading conservative blog in Virginia, BearingDrift.Com, reporter Jay Mcconville to discuss the need for conservative solutions to campaign finance reform and how Take Back is working to fix the broken system. You can read the interview in its entirety here.

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Take Back ED John Pudner Guest Speaker on NPR’s “Draining the Swamp” Segment.

November 15, 2016

This morning, Executive Director John Pudner was a featured guest on NPR’s segment “Draining the Swamp” and the Trump transition. Below you can view an email that went out to all of Take Back’s subscribers on the segment. You may also view the article with links to the radio interview Here! Please tune into your local NPR station or click here for the start of “On Point” in 10 minutes. The program will feature Tom Ashbrook talking about President-Elect Trump’s effort to […]

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