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OpEd: Fix it, America

January 14, 2018

Take Back Executive Director John Pudner penned the following OpEd on money in politics for the Concord Monitor: Two years ago, I was sludging through New Hampshire snow drifts, just before the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. As I talked with Granite State voters, I kept hearing the same thing: everyone was concerned about the influence of “Big Money” campaign donors. Once the primary results were in, it was clear that “Money In Politics” was a deciding issue for voters. The two […]

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Take Back OpEd Featured In USA Today

June 19, 2017

Americans of all political stripes are increasingly disgusted by our country’s broken campaign finance system. Many believe that the system is out of balance, with big money having far too much influence over policy — drowning out the voices of individual voters and leaving them feeling disconnected from their government. The problem has gotten exponentially worse over time, as shown by the change in giving patterns to federal candidates, parties, and committees. In 1994, small-dollar donors gave three times more […]

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OpEd: When “Free Speech” By Special Interests Tramples On The Rights Of Citizens

April 18, 2017

“Special interests with lots of money have been using their “free speech” to shout over — and drown out — the speech of other Americans.  They have been using the 1976 Buckley v Valeo decision to virtually eliminate your free speech, arguing that the Constitution guarantees the unlimited use of money as “speech” even when it overrides the free speech of individual citizens.” To read the Daily Caller article in its entirety click here.

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John Pudner OpEd: No Power With the People

November 6, 2016

There is no doubt as we look forward to election day that we are a divided nation. Yet, with these divisions on so many issues, there are unifying issues, too. That’s why I, a long-time conservative political strategist, and Tom Butler, a former Democrat State Senator, gathered in Huntsville on Thursday to talk about how we can return influence to the people. At a time when politics becomes more and more polarizing and personal, there are core issues on which […]

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Daily Caller Runs Op-Ed By TBOR Lobbyist on Foreign Contributions

April 27, 2016

by Chuck Cunningham, Lobbyist There is little dispute that campaign contributions can influence desired political outcomes. After all, money is the mother’s milk of politics. Some special interests buy favor that some politicians are seemingly too willing, and even sometimes eager, to sell. But before you react in righteous indignation over the quid-pro-quo of political giving, consider some of the most well-meaning campaign finance reform heroes have attempted to thwart it, right? To read the entire column, please click here.

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Thousands Comment on Breitbart Op-Ed Giving Background on Take Back

March 19, 2016

Breitbart’s excellent piece on the “Democracy Spring” effort to call attention to money in politics included a well-written summary of the founding and mission of Take Back Our Republic, as well as another paragraph on one of our Board Members, Richard Painter. While I realize there is some sensitivity about protests because of the ones centered around political events in recent weeks, the author did a nice job of laying out the case that this is not the case in […]

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Washington Times Op-Ed by Executive Director John Pudner

February 15, 2016

Take Back Our Republic executive director John Pudner recently had an Op-Ed published in the Washington Times on stopping government contractors from giving secret political donations. See the link below for the full article. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/15/john-pudner-executive-order-transparency-conservat/

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Dr. Painter: The Conservative Case for Campaign-Finance Reform

February 4, 2016

Many called us about the great op-ed by Dr. Richard Painter, a Member of Our Board, in the New York Times. If you did miss it, please click here to take a look.

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Fox News Op-Ed by TBOR Executive Director, John Pudner

February 3, 2015

A common sense, conservative approach to campaign finance reform By John PudnerPublished February 02, 2015 | FoxNews.com President Obama recently warned Americans about the perils of _dark money_ in election politics, saying it _pulls us into the gutter_ as a nation. Unfortunately, he offered no real solutions to remedy this problem. So, I have a few suggestions for him and it begins with allowing common sense to enter the debate over campaign finance reform in America. As conservatives, we believe […]

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