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TBOR Tri-state Regional Coordinator featured in the Times Union

July 14, 2020

Take Back Our Republic’s Tri-state Regional coordinator Paul Lichstein outlines why full-time legislators who work more than the currently scheduled 61 days would do a better job for New York in today’s Times Union piece. To read Paul’s op-ed in its entirety click here

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TBOR Executive Director Quoted in The New York Times

May 21, 2020

TBOR Executive Director John Pudner told the New York Times the mailing of APPLICATIONS for mail-in ballots should be encouraged because the threat of fraud occurs instead with the mailing millions of BALLOTS. Republicans who oppose mailing APPLICATIONS should consider that if 30 percent of the senior vote and 20 percent of the “almost senior” vote stayed home in 2016, Hillary Clinton would have won Florida. The entire story appears here concluding with the below two paragraphs. One note, Pudner […]

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Take Back Our Republic Announces Daeha Ko as New York State coordinator

May 12, 2020

Today, the only national conservative money in politics organization, Take Back Our Republic (TBOR), named Daeha Ko as New York State Coordinator to be one of the leaders of the organization’s statewide efforts.  After working for Northwest Mutual and Apple, Ko turned his focus to web design and research to build on his college degrees from London and the University of Washington. ‘After discussing in person with (TBOR ED) John (Pudner) the research trends we were seeing among conservatives and […]

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New York Volunteer Featured In The Longisland Press

April 20, 2020

Over the past two weeks, people across the country have been working online and learning to deal with social distancing and living in this COVID-19 pandemic. Still, Congress continues working in such a way that several representatives have been at the capitol and tested positive. In a time of crisis, the highest levels of government need to practice what they preach. Some are attending digital town halls, and now doctors are doing “telemedicine” video conferences while our kids are attending […]

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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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Take Back Our Republic strive to be the leading organization in promoting a culture in politics where character and ideas are the basis of being elected and every election is financed with transparency, primarily by the people to be represented and not by outside interests. Headquartered in Auburn, AL since 2015, TBOR has strong financial backing, an engaged board, more than 100 volunteer coordinators in 47 states, and a staff who stands by our mission.


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