This morning, Executive Director John Pudner was a featured guest on NPR’s segment “Draining the Swamp” and the Trump transition. Below you can view an email that went out to all of Take Back’s subscribers on the segment. You may also view the article with links to the radio interview Here!
Please tune into your local NPR station or click here
for the start of “On Point” in 10 minutes. The program will feature Tom Ashbrook
talking about President-Elect Trump’s effort to “Drain the Swamp” with CBS’ Major Garrett, John Pudner of www.takeback.org
and former Common Cause leader Fred Wertheimer.
You can listen to episodes by clicking here
, but can listen live in a few minutes.
Major Elliott Garrett, nicknamed “major,” is Chief White House Correspondent with CBS News and Correspondent at Large with National Journal. Prior to joining National Journal he was the senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He covered the 2004 presidential election, the War on Terror, and the 2008 presidential election where he covered the Democratic Party presidential primaries and later Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee.
Fred Wertheimer is a national leader and spokesman on money and politics issues, including campaign finance, ethics and lobbying reforms, and on government reform and accountability issues. Wertheimer was named as one of Washington’s 90 greatest lawyers of the last 30 years by Legal Times in 2008 and as one of Washington’s top lobbyists by The Hill in 2010. Prior to establishing his current group Democracy 21, Wertheimer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Common Cause, the non-partisan citizens’ lobby for 14 years.
John Pudner was the oldest of 9 children growing up in a 3 bedroom house in inner city Richmond, VA where he attended the same Catholic, military high school as Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon. Now the father of 9 children, John Pudner learned at a young age the importance of timing, negotiating and diplomacy. More importantly, he learned how to live on a shoe-string budget. Those early life lessons helped put him on the national political scene when in the 2014 primaries, he jump-started the campaign of Dave Brat, who would ultimately unseat U.S. Majority Leader Eric Cantor in one of the most unprecedented upsets in political history. Later in the general election of the same year, he would help defeat a 32-year incumbent state senator in Alabama’s general election. He managed campaigns for almost three decades. His now-famous strategy of outsmarting instead of outspending the opposition was born out of a hobby of extrapolating statistical data on sports teams. With an affinity for numbers and grassroots initiatives, John became known as the go-to-guy to help upstart candidates that didn’t have the financial backing needed to play in the political sandbox. During his career, he won 3 out of every 4 races in which he was involved. But through all his successes, John Pudner saw firsthand the influence of money on politics—the manipulation of the system and the loopholes that didn’t favor a transparent election— one in which only select major corporate donors and union bosses were the true winners. With a desire to now recreate the system instead of circumventing it, John Pudner will lead this team of ex-political wonks to help change the very industry in which they once thrived.
For more information, or to set up an interview with John Pudner reply to this email or call Justin Hill at the Take Back Our Republic office at 334.329.7258