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HUGE Win! New York Closes LLC Loophole

February 11, 2019

Since our inception, Take Back Our Republic has identified New York’s LLC loophole as one of the more egregious and non-sensical in the campaign finance arena. Now, the loophole is awaiting the governor’s signature and poised to be no more. Thanks to overwhelming support in the state legislature- inspired by citizens like Take Back Our Republic Regional Coordinator Paul Lichstein(pictured below)- A776, aimed at treating LLCs like corporations for campaign finance purposes, is on the verge of becoming law. Lichstein […]

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Culture of Corruption in New York

September 17, 2018

AUBURN, AL- When it comes to corruption, New York’s problems have been very much on the surface. Former leaders from both parties and each house in the legislature have been convicted on corruption charges. At least 3 allies of the governor, including his closest aide, fall into the same category. While these have been headline-grabbing illegalities, the culture of corruption has much deeper roots. As we have written previously, the state’s LLC loophole- which allows wealthy donors to give massive […]

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Is New York Really the “Standard”?

May 14, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Earlier this year, the Campaign Finance Institute testified to their study on New York’s matching program- where public funds are used to encourage small-dollar donors. This program has been called the national “standard.” Well, according to the study, there are “red flags” that should tamper enthusiasm about such efforts. CFI Executive Director Michael J. Malbin, who is also a Professor of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of […]

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NYT: Cuomo Taking in Major Money from Appointees

February 27, 2018

AUBURN, AL- A rivalry is deepening in New York where Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio may have aspirations for the Democratic nomination in 2020. An early wedge issue between the two seems to be emerging as campaign finance reform. Previously, we wrote that Cuomo called some of de Blasio’s reform plans “dead on arrival,” and now the governor is taking heat for some of his own campaign finance practices. A recent NY Times piece points out a […]

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De Blasio Calls for New York to be “Fairest City”

February 20, 2018

AUBURN, AL- In his fifth state of the city address, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio called for the Big Apple to become the nation’s “fairest city” as he pushed for campaign finance reform.[1] The mayor, who is a possible contender for the White House in 2020, also pushed for a millionaire’s tax that Governor Cuomo- another possible contender- has said is “dead on arrival.”[2] As De Blasio seeks to highlight reform issues, he pledged to push for the increased […]

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A Study on State Lobbying: Culture of Corruption Permeates Empire State

May 22, 2017

In our study on lobbying, we go on quite the rabbit trail again this week as we look at a culture of corruption in New York. Like our most recent paper on the subject, we understand that we are being somewhat tangential. However, we continue to believe that loose laws and a culture where influence is held by the few leads to other problems. Consider one such example in the handling of stipends given to committee chairpersons. The system, which […]

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A Study on State Lobbying: New York Plagued by More than Numbers

May 15, 2017

AUBURN, AL- Last week, we took a by the numbers look at the problems in New York- one of the greatest growth states in lobbying around the country. Sadly, the numbers do not even tell the full story. In the coming days, we will have information on the New York LLC loophole that we have discussed previously. However, there are far more issues in the Empire State. Loose laws in the state are driving increasing criticism that public officials are […]

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Pudner Meets With Take Back New York, Attends Grace Foundation Event

May 10, 2017

On Tuesday, Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner met with members of the organization’s New York Chapter before attending an event hosted by Grace Foundation that featured Lauren Bush Lauren – granddaughter of president George H.W. Bush.

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Lobbying Industry Means Big Money in the Empire State- A By the Numbers Look

May 2, 2017

In our study on state lobbying, New York has been a chief villain. The Empire State ranked second in growth in overall number (933) and ninth in growth rate (22%). As a reminder, here are a reminder on the year by year numbers from New York: Behind the numbers, however, is an incredible growth in the amount of money being spent on lobbying. From $120 million in spending in 2003, the number topped $210 million in 2013.[1] By 2015, the […]

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Take Back Tells New York Times Ivanka Needs to Divest

April 1, 2017

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner may be worth more than $700 million, according to newly released public filings, which could be argued inoculate them from normal lobbying pressures of someone in the White House. However, Take Back Our Republic told the New York Times Saturday that by failing to divest prior to taking White House positions, the reverse is true. Any Presidential action that helps Ivanka’s business can be questioned. Just as Rep. Paul Gosar’s H.R.1341 (Stop Foreign Donations Affecting […]

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