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Take Back, Judicial Watch Prove That Campaign Finance Reform Is Bipartisan

November 27, 2017

Take Back Our Republic and Judicial Watch signed on to a letter in support of legislation that requires Senate candidates to file campaign finance reports directly to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). The letter, which is signed by organizations on both sides of the aisle, proves that campaign finance reform is bi-partisan. To read more, click HERE.

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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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FEC fines contractor that gave pro-Clinton super PACs illegal cash

September 29, 2017

The Federal Election Commission has fined Boston-based Suffolk Construction Co., a federal government contractor, for making illegal contributions to a pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, according to a letter from the agency. The $34,000 settlement between the FEC and Suffolk appears to mark the FEC’s first penalty against a government contractor for illegally contributing money to a super PAC — a kind of political group that may raise unlimited amounts of money from corporations and unions. Click HERE to read more from The Center for Public […]

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In the Era of Celebrity Politicians, It May be Time to Look at the System

September 5, 2017

Donald Trump broke all the conventional rules during his improbable rise to the White House. As the nation’s first to occupy the White House without prior public or military service, Donald Trump has broken a barrier. Does that mean we should be prepared for a new era of politics? Well, a potential- and possibly formidable (in more ways than one)- challenger to Trump in 2020 is wrestler/actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.[1] Another is the Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark […]

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FEC meeting on alleged foreign interference in American elections

July 13, 2017

Statement by Take Back Our Republic’s John Pudner on Federal Election Commission Meeting on alleged foreign interference in American elections   As an American citizen and voter, I am stunned by the amount of media coverage and government resources that are being spent chasing the question of whether Russia influenced the 2016 election.   I think many of my fellow Americans would agree with my perspective: our elections have already been so thoroughly influenced by special interests and Big Money […]

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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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FEC Chair Departure 13 Months After Compliment by TAKE BACK

February 20, 2017

Ann Ravel’s announcement she was stepping down as FEC Chair brought a fond memory to the Take Back team from a year ago: On January 21, 2016, John Pudner drew laughs when he took the stage after Peter Schweizer at The campaign finance crisis in America and how to fix it: A solutions summit, with the words, “I recently complimented Ann Ravel, which made her the first Obama appointee I have ever complimented.” It was a joke, of course, but after two […]

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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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Deadlock: FEC Commissioners Say They’re Failing to Investigate Campaign Violations

September 22, 2016

If a campaign cheats during this election season, chances are high it’ll never be investigated. That’s according to some of the very Federal Election Commissioners tasked with enforcing the law, who call the agency “dysfunctional” and “broken,” NBC 4 Washington. The FEC is made up of six people – one independent, two Democrats and three Republicans – who hold tremendous power. Under federal law, they’re supposed to investigate and penalize candidates and campaigns caught breaking the rules. But to even […]

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Bill Moyers Piece Quotes TBOR ED On Foreign Donations

July 4, 2016

A Bill Moyers piece by Kathy Kiely on the ease with which foreign money can be spent on American campaigns through a practice that would be stopped by HR4177. See the full story here. The following are excerpts: 2. Credit cards Another potential avenue for illegal foreign contributions is credit cards, warned John Pudner, a former Republican political consultant who now heads a campaign finance reform group called Take Back Our Republic. A decision by some campaigns — especially those […]

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