Wednesday and Thursday Take Back Our Republic President Francis Johnson, DC-based Development Director Steve Thomas, and Executive Director John Pudner will meet with Congressional offices. The topic will be the importance of passing HR1341 and S1660 to cut off an avenue for foreign influence on US elections through the billions of dollars in nameless small dollar contributions sent through unverified credit card donations to evade bank scrutiny.
Former long-time NRA lobbyist Chuck Cunningham will lead the effort to pass these important bills into law.
On Thursday morning, Pudner will take a break from his efforts for Take Back Our Republic to be available for questions regarding a request by Take Back Action Fund (of which Pudner is President) regarding the need for disclaimers on Facebook Advertising. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. ET at the Federal Elections Commission offices located at 999 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. and will be live streamed from the FEC website. As shown in the story from the photo above, Facebook apologized for allowing foreign influence through political ads sold on their pages.
While Take Back Our Republic (an IRS recognized 501c3 non-profit) and Take Back Action Fund (a 501c4) are governed separately, Take Back Our Republic shares the basic concern of the Action Fund and most Americans about foreign influence on elections via the unverified credit card contributions mentioned above, as well as the purchase by Russian and other foreign entities of Facebook and other social media advertising. While the FEC has deadlocked on partisan lines on most issues, Take Back Our Republic joins the Action Fund in hoping that these growing concerns will enable a watershed approval of a requirement for disclosure on partisan Facebook and other political ads, though Take Back Our Republic does not electioneer through social media or any other means.
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As noted on the Take Back Action Fund website:
The Action Fund was created by people who wanted to join Take Back Our Republic as conservatives concerned about the need for campaign finance reform, but who wanted to engage in activities that went beyond the scope of Take Back Our Republic, which is a non-profit under 501(c)3 of the IRS code.
The Action Fund is a 501(c)4 that shares the conviction that voters have the right to know who is producing political advertising, particularly to identify attempts to flood huge amounts of money from foreign countries. To that end, the Action Fund asked the FEC if potential hard-hitting social media ads would require the same kind of disclosure required when similar TV commercials or direct mail attack pieces must provide.