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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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Take Back Executive Director Tells USA Today: “This is something the voters should be concerned about”

February 8, 2017

Rep. Tom Price‘s nomination vote is today and questions are still swirling around stocks purchased by the HHS nominee. “This is something the voters should be concerned about,” says John Pudner, a conservative Republican who runs Take Back Our Republic, an advocacy group trying to get money out of politics. “Money that is personally benefiting you is more of a concern and can be a more powerful force pulling you into a decision on related issues than campaign funding.” Read […]

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USA Today Quotes TBOR on Revolving Door

December 22, 2016

In 2008, a USA TODAY analysis found six top fundraisers among the 15 people that incoming President-elect Barack Obama had named to his transition shortly after the election. The current Commerce secretary, billionaire businesswoman Penny Pritzker, was a top Obama campaign fundraiser. John Pudner, a Republican campaign-finance activist, said it’s natural that donors who stepped up to support Trump developed relationships with him. Pudner said he’s “not as concerned” about the wealthy contributors entering the administration, as he is about […]

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Tax Day, Arrest, Cash in Harbor

April 18, 2016

If you have a google alert for “Take Back Our Republic,” then you received stories from USA Today, NewsMax, Reuters and Bill Moyers based on an arrest in DC, throwing campaign cash in the Boston Harbor, and tax credit request on tax day. See below: Boston Harbor campaign cash Capitol Hill protest Co-Sponsors to stop foreign money, provide tax credit As we get ready to set our budget on May 2, please help us keep up the pressure for conservative […]

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USA Today on Take Back Our Republic Forum

May 18, 2015

May 18th, 2015Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY “It seems to me that this sends a blank check to any foreign interest,” said John Pudner, a conservative political consultant from Alabama. Pudner gained attention in 2014 for helping a little-known professor Dave Brat toss out then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia GOP primary. (Brat won the general election.) Pudner now runs Take Back Our Republic, a group working to encourage conservatives to reduce the influence of big donors in elections. […]

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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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