TBOR Executive Director Discusses Trump Reviving 2016 Playbook in The Hill

August 26, 2020

“I think he’s trying to stay on the same playbook, but it’s a little different,” said John Pudner, who worked on campaigns for former Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) and other Republicans. “The problem is it is easier to run as the outsider when you’re not the president,” said Pudner, now the executive director of Take Back Our Republic. “It’s just a little tougher message.” To read The Hill article in its entirety click here.

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Take Back Our Republic One of 20+ Groups Asking Trump and Biden to Disclose Campaign Bundlers

July 15, 2020

Good-government groups are launching a new push for campaign finance transparency during the presidential campaign. A coalition of 20 organizations, from across the ideological spectrum, sent letters to both the Trump and Biden campaigns on Tuesday requesting they disclose their most prolific “bundlers” — the rich and well-connected people whom politicians rely on to collect donations from their friends and business associates. While federal law does not require presidential candidates to name their bundlers, unless they are registered lobbyists, it has long been a […]

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Why Trump’s crusade against voting by mail could backfire on Republicans and hurt the president’s own voters

May 22, 2020

Trump’s war on absentee voting is making it harder for Republican officials and Trump’s own campaign to get out the vote John Pudner, a former Republican campaign strategist and executive director of conservative campaign finance policy nonprofit Take Back Our Republic, told Insider he supports vote by mail as long as states can still require a valid alternative method of identification, like with mandated signature matching and a witness signature on every ballot. “I would share Trump’s worries if the office […]

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More than Impeachment: Steyer Now Funding Soros-Founded Immigrant PAC

February 28, 2018

AUBURN, AL- Liberal mega-donor Tom Steyer continues to expand his profile ahead of a possible 2020 presidential run. The largest donor of the 2016 election cycle, he has already increased his national footprint with an 8-figure ad campaign aimed at impeaching President Trump. With ads featuring himself on camera, it is fair to speculate whether Steyer has his sights set on the highest office in the land. Now, his efforts have expanded to funding the George Soros founded “Immigrant Voters […]

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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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Trump’s Efforts To ‘Drain The Swamp’ Lagging Behind His Campaign Rhetoric

April 26, 2017

Still, the promise to drain the swamp “is a central topic to why President Trump won this election,” said John Pudner, director of a conservative good-government group called Take Back Our Republic. His sense of the situation now: Trump started strong on the ethics issues but needs to do more follow-up. Pudner also sees a problem, though: Trump’s own decision to maintain ownership of his business empire, through a transparent trust that designates him as the only beneficiary. Pudner said […]

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Take Back ED John Pudner Talks Campaign Finance Reform With Syracuse New Times

April 20, 2017

John Pudner, executive director at Take Back Our Republic and former Republican political operative, cites the recent presidential election, with Trump raising significantly less than Clinton, as reason to believe tougher campaign finance regulations would hinder both Republicans and Democrats. For this he said in an email to the Syracuse New Times, “It is now time for all to rally in support of campaign finance reform as a way to drain the swamp at the state level.” Click HERE to […]

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50 Swamps? Take Back’s First Look at Lobbying at the State Level

March 3, 2017

  A Study on State Lobbying: 50 Swamps? #1, 3.3.2017 By TBOR Staff   AUBURN, AL- Regardless of whether you are an adamant Trump supporter or one of the 54.1% of Americans who voted for someone else, one undeniable fact from the 2016 presidential election is that President Trump “caught fire” with the phrase “Drain the Swamp.” Introduced relatively late in the campaign, the phrase galvanized those sick of seeing the nation’s capital run amok- a place where lobbyists rule […]

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USA Today: Trump can’t ‘drain the swamp’ without reform at the FEC

February 28, 2017

A central tenet of President Donald Trump’s campaign was his promise to “restore law and order” by enforcing the laws of the land. But that’s not likely going to include campaign finance laws, or telling the Federal Election Commission to do its job. Former Santa Clara County counsel Ann Ravel announced last week that she’s resigning from the commission effective March 1, having concluded that there’s nothing she can do to alter the dysfunction permeating what’s supposed to be a […]

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State TBOR Chapter Takes Message Way Beyond DNC, CPAC

February 27, 2017

WAYCROSS, GA – Take Back Our Republic circulated educational items on campaign finance reform to hundreds of conservative CPAC attendees, but also to people leaving Washington for the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta where a robust conversion was taking place about the problems with corporate contributions. However, the most important education also occurs in localities like this one, Waycross, Georgia, where people who can’t travel to Washington and are not invited to national partisan events. Many Democratic campaign rallies […]

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