Money in Politics

Reform on Georgians’ Minds After Expensive Race

July 5, 2017

At a recent Q&A with a candidate for Governor of Georgia, one concerned citizen echoed a sentiment being felt throughout the Greater Atlanta area- a region recently bombarded with political advertising- when she asked “what will you do to keep out-of-state money from pouring into our elections?” The question is certainly understandable and it underscores the countless frustrations that stem from a race that became the most expensive in our nation’s history- nearly doubling the previous congressional record.[1] Take Back […]

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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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Episode 2 of Take Back’s Look At Lobbying on the State Level: The Time Period

March 7, 2017

A Study on State Lobbying: The Time Period of 2006-15 #2, 3.7.17 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- As we look at influence reform around the country- returning power and influence back to the voter- Take Back Our Republic is conducting a study of lobbyists at the state level. To begin, Take Back Our Republic does acknowledge the importance of lobbying. A pluralist society with varied interests was seen by James Madison and other Founders as integral to our society.[1] […]

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TBOR Featured in Bloomberg’s Money and Politics Report

June 20, 2016

The new Kilmer-Hanna legislation would require groups that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c) of the tax code to check a box on their annual returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service declaring that they did not use foreign donations for campaign activities, Kilmer’s statement said. The measure also would require these organizations to certify in reports filed with the Federal Election Commission that no foreign funds were used for independent campaign expenditures or other campaign-related spending. In addition, the bill […]

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Painter Provides Testimony in Federal Court in Alaska on Money in Politics

May 16, 2016

Recently, TBOR board member and constitutional scholar Dr. Richard Painter provided testimony in a campaign corruption case in Alaska. Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor who appeared as an expert witness for the state told the court, “Elected officials should be dependent on voters. It’s the money that corrupts people — not voters.” He also said, “Corruption is dependency. The candidate doing something he normally wouldn’t do because of money.” To read the entire piece, click here.

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John Pudner Featured in Bill Moyers.com

April 1, 2016

But John Pudner, a former Republican political consultant who now heads a nonprofit group focused on money’s role in politics, Take Back Our Republic, said he’s seen some encouraging comments from Republican candidates and lawmakers, and he thinks some are considering laying out a platform. “Campaign finance and money in politics has become such a hot issue that everyone is realizing that if one side is talking about it and the other isn’t, that’s going to hurt the side that isn’t,” […]

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Daily Caller Latest of Top 16 Conservative Outlets to Cover Push for Disclosing Gifts from Government Contractors

February 28, 2016

Add The Daily Caller to the conservative outlets linking to our comments in support of an executive order to disclose gifts from government contractors receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer money. Representatives of four of the top 16 conservative sites according to Right Wing News have taken interest in the issue. This in addition to One America News, the conservative cable network where Sarah Palin re-emerged after leaving Fox News. The link to the broadcast will be available soon for those […]

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An interesting recent vote on a money in politics issue

November 18, 2015

The Roanoke Star reported on voters once again speaking out in favor of addressing corruption related to money in politics. There are many groups advocating most liberal solutions to money in politics, and obviously Take Back Our Republic is more focused on conservative solutions, Represent Us, which led the charge on this vote, is one group that really seems to work toward whatever solutions seem to work – whether making conservatives uncomfortable by using the words “campaign finance reform,” or making liberals uncomfortable by focusing on “government […]

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Multiple GOP Candidates Address Money in Politics

September 17, 2015

BOSTON – _When we launched Take Back Our Republic in January, we were told no Republicans were concerned about money in politics,_ according to John Pudner, who commented from Boston after an interview with a conservative talk radio show, just prior to the GOP debate. Eight months later, multiple Republican candidates for President felt the issue was important enough to address during the Presidential debate on CNN. Pudner affirms that _[campaign finance reform] vindicates that candidates from both parties understand […]

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News Alert: Republicans Join Bandwagon on Revamping Campaign Money Rules

July 28, 2015

By Eliza Newlin Carney – CQ Roll Call The Republican Party has long championed campaign finance deregulation, but a small yet growing number of GOP lawmakers and politicians are joining in calls to overhaul the political money rules. _Conservatives out there in the field want conservative solutions on money in politics,_ said former GOP political consultant John Pudner, executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a new group rallying Republican support for campaign finance changes from a conservative perspective. Pudner […]

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