Action Fund Alert: Below is a copy of my Breitbart piece which was shared more than 37,000 times on Facebook, and ran next to an ad for Clinton Cash, the movie that debuted last night and was based on the book by Peter Schweizer, a member of the Advisory Board for Take Back Our Republic. If you simply signed up or expressed an interest in the non-profit activities of Take Back Our Republic then we are sending this email in error - and please alert us by emailing back Take Back Our Republic updates only or simply sign up at www.takeback.org. This email will be posted on the website of the separate Take Back Action Fund, which was established for select people with a perceived interest in advancing our goal of conservative solutions for campaign finance reform that went beyond the educational scope of Take Back Our Republic. See notes on campaign finance-related quotes by both Donald Trump and Tim Kaine.
As noted in my Breitbart piece, viewers liked Donald Trump's speech by a 3-1 margin. He continued to hit money in politics. As quoted by Politico:
"Big business, elite media and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings."
This continued a theme Trump used to shoot into the lead in the first debate and continued in the days leading up to the convention when Politico quoted him as saying, "The other candidate in this race has spent her entire life making money for special interests and taking money from special interests. The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in the money." Tim Kaine will give his acceptance speech this week as Hillary Clinton's Vice Presidential election. The Washington Post noted in 2014 that Kaine was not as concerned about large corporate contributions, but he did focus on dark money."Kaine was less alarmed than some in his party by the provision in the omnibus spending bill that increases the size of donations political parties can accept. Slipping the provision into a must-pass bill was outrageous, Kaine said, but reformers focus should be on fighting dark money, the increasing influence of secret donations to independent groups.As shown in the graphic on our webpage, we do believe contributions to parties and ideological groups are preferable to huge special interest, corporate and big labor donations going through third parties - but we would like to see state and local parties and not just the national party be able to receive contributions. - John Pudner, President of Take Back Action Fund
TBAF Board Members Respond to Rare Unanimous FEC Decision Regarding Proposed Facebook AdsMembers of the Take Back Action Fund Board of Directors responded to a unanimous decision by the Federal Elections Commission that its proposed Facebook ads potentially advocating the defeat of Democratic candidates based on hypocrisy over disclosing political contributions involving Russia and other issues.
"I've been running hard-hitting political ads that play by the rules for years," said TBAF Board Member Charles Hellwig, who first worked with TBAF President John Pudner on Ollie North's run for US Senate in 1994. "However, if the FEC had deadlocked again on a Facebook matter it would have sent a clear signal that we were free to pay to run our attacks through Facebook without ever having to say Take Back Action Fund was the one paying for the ads. We are happy we made this point, and that every group now knows they can no longer assume the FEC will deadlock and be una…
AUBURN, AL- This week the Take Back Action Fund Board, which leads a 501c4 dedicated to political reform, elected Perry O. Hooper Jr. as its newest member. He will serve a one-year term. Take Back Action Fund (TBAF) was founded 3 years ago by its President John Pudner, the Executive Director of Take Back Our Republic (TBOR), a 501c3 organization, to advocate for policies and solutions that go beyond the scope of TBOR.
“Perry Hooper (left in photo above) has been a leading conservative figure for decades, and we are thrilled to add his wisdom and experience to our team,” said Pudner, who is in the Capitol Wednesday discussing the foreign trade ramifications of secret political contributions through massive unverified gift card programs that could be fixed by passing HR1341. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a genuine people-centric view of public service, and he has been a true reformer. His commitment to our cause, combined with the fact that he has been a part of nearly ev…
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - May 15, 2017 - The Take Back Action Fund Board met today in Birmingham and elected Randy Brooks Chair.
The Board also elected Juleanna Glover, John Pudner, Charles Hellwig and Marty Connors to one-year terms.
Two years ago Pudner, the Executive Director of Take Back Our Republic (Take Back), a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization (see details on www.takeback.org), announced the formation of Take Back Our Republic Action Fund (Action Fund). He noted that some strong conservatives with deep experience in politics, campaigns, and government believed in the educational effort of Take Back, but sought to advocate policies and implement specific solutions activities which go beyond the scope of the efforts of Take Back.
The group currently advocated the passage of HR1341 and other campaign finance reform measures.
The bios of the members are as follows:
Randy Brooks, CEO of Avast Real Estate, built his real estate operation of more than 100 people with his method of per…