New Mexico

Trump Could Have Blown Out Clinton with Ranked Choice Voting

November 16, 2018

Conservatives reading this Washington Post report on the first instant Ranked-Choice Vote (RVC) resulting in the Democrats picking up an extra Congressional seat in Maine may be surprised to hear a judge appointed by Trump provided the strong decision allowing the process. In upholding the law, the Trump appointee states: “…there is no dispute that the RCV Act, the product of a citizens’ initiative, was motivated by a desire to enable third-party and non-party candidates to participate in the political process, […]

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New Mexico Passes Anti-Foreign Influence Bill Based on TBOR Educational Paper

March 3, 2018

As reported in the Sante Fe New Mexican, legislation based on a Take Back educational paper was passed in the New Mexico legislature and signed by Governor Susana Martinez. “SB 50, sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, and Albuquerque Republicans Reps. Jim Dine and Bill Rehm, closes what campaign finance reform advocates call a “credit card loophole” that can allow donors to make unverifiable, fraudulent contributions to politicians. The bill would require that donors type in a three-digit security code […]

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January 23, 2018

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Leading Conservative NM Blog (54,000+ Followers) Covers Whirlwind Week

January 21, 2018

If one out of every six Trump voters in New Mexico followed a blog – it would still have a smaller following than the 54,507 followers of the Political Fireball. The conservative blog known for not backing down from hard-hitting reporting pulled no punches this week during Take Back’s whirlwind tour of the Land of Enchantment – in turn posting a story in which Take Back answered every objection to the voters’ right to know who is contributing to politicians and getting […]

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TBOR: Campaign reporting proposal creates necessary, nation-leading disclosure in NM

August 28, 2017

“Any well-funded political organization must be held accountable for its electioneering activities, the same standard that is applied to individual citizens. Mega donors should not be able to “launder” their political contributions through tax exempt organizations that are clearly using that funding to sway our elections and influence our politicians. New Mexican voters deserve to know exactly who is spending the dark money to attempt to influence the outcome of a local campaign, because it is a clear indication of whose […]

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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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Largest NM Newspaper Features TBOR Response to Attack on Disclosure

June 12, 2017

In an opinion piece titled “Integrity of democratic elections at stake,” the Albuquerque Journal featured a response to those attempting to hide political contributions from the public. The piece was written by Executive Director John Pudner, and starts: Take Back Our Republic ( is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to common-sense, conservative solutions to campaign finance reform. I ran political campaigns for decades before becoming the executive director of Take Back and I know how well-funded special interests manipulate the system […]

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A GOP Mega-Donor, Baseball Player & Rock Star Walk Into a Dallas Bar…

April 24, 2017

…and talk about campaign finance reform. Some in Dallas may have done a double take at the sight of Executive Director John Pudner walking into a bar with the developer of the Dallas skyline, a former major league baseball player, and was that the Foo Fighter’s frontman? Pudner’s opportunity to talk one-on-one with the other three about the growing momentum in most state chapters for conservative solutions for campaign finance reform advocated by came courtesy of Bill Shireman, who organized […]

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Take Back Our Republic Calls on Gov. Martinez to Sign SB 96 in New Mexico

April 6, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 6, 2017 CONTACT: Liz Iacobucci 334-329-7258   ‘Take Back Our Republic’ Calls on Gov. Martinez to Sign SB 96, Requiring Disclosure by ‘Dark Money’ Groups The nationwide conservative campaign finance reform group Take Back Our Republic today called on New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to sign SB 96, “An Act Relating to Campaign Finance.” The bill would close a loophole in state law that exempts SuperPACs from the public disclosure requirements that candidates, political parties […]

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Last Chance for Campaign Finance for New Mexico in 2017

April 6, 2017

Last Chance for New Mexico Campaign Finance Reform in 2017   Please take a minute, take out your cell phone, call New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez at 505-476-220 and tell her to sign SB 96 and require “dark money” political groups to disclose their donors.   If Gov. Martinez does not sign the bill by Friday, the bill will die on her desk – and she will be responsible for killing it.   SB 96 passed both the House and […]

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