foreign influence

The Avenues for Foreign Influence in U.S. Politics

October 31, 2018

Our friends over at MapLight had a terrific post on ways that foreign money can find its way into and affect U.S. politics. You can read a brief excerpt below and find the full post and infographic outlining the many avenues for foreign influence at MapLight.org  “When U.S. media outlets broke the news that groups linked to the Russian government attempted to use Facebook, Twitter, and Google to influence the 2016 election, the impact of Russia’s meddling on our democracy became […]

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Unverified ActBlue Tops $1 Billion for 2018 Cycle

August 20, 2018

AUBURN, AL- No organization does more to open the doors for foreign financial influence than liberal donation portal ActBlue. Recently, the group announced that it had collected more than $1 billion in online donations this election cycle. While we acknowledge the legality of their actions (a gaping loophole we are working to fix), the ongoing problem nonetheless puts our democratic process in jeopardy. Because ActBlue does not require credit cards to be verified, any contribution runs the risk of coming […]

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North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment Makes Nov. Ballot

July 24, 2018

  North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment Certified for Ballot   BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger certified the North Dakota Anti-Corruption Amendment for the November ballot. North Dakotans for Public Integrity, the nonpartisan group sponsoring the amendment, collected 38,451 petition signatures, far more than the 26,904 valid signatures required. The Secretary of State accepted 36,849 signatures, which is 9,945 more than needed, a quality rate of 96%. The group turned in petitions on June 18th, 2018.   […]

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Facebook Making (Awkward) Strides Toward Eliminating Foreign Influence

June 28, 2018

AUBURN, AL- File this under the header “Well, at least they are trying.” As Facebook bolsters its efforts to eliminate foreign entities from advertising politically, it is finding plenty of challenges. In response to the justified heat over Facebook’s failure to police Russian influence on its platform, the social media site is now requiring those wishing to advertise political messages to verify their identity as an American citizen. Until that is done, Facebook will block ads deemed to be political […]

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St. Petersburg Moves to Cap Super PAC Money, Prevent Foreign Influence

June 26, 2017

We’ve covered the movement within local governments to begin the pushback against big money, and St. Petersburg, FL is the latest shining example. The city made a move last week to cap Super PAC money at $5,000 and keep foreign entities from making an impact in our elections. Elected officials in St. Petersburg made the move despite a legal opinion that the law is likely unconstitutional. The lawmakers stated a belief that they could not sit idly by, and they […]

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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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VP Debate proves need for H.R. 4177

October 6, 2016

In the Vice Presidential debate, both candidates accused the other campaign of being susceptible to foreign influences. Regardless of the validity of the claims raised by either side, these accusations illustrate the importance of the work Take Back Our Republic is pursuing to pass HR 4177. This legislation amends the Federal Election Campaign Act to prevent campaigns, political committees, and most importantly, elected officials from accepting credit card contributions unless the source can be as identified as coming from a […]

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