I'm sure it'll come as no surprise to you... but dark money is being used to attack Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, as well as defend him.
It is hypocritical to exploiting the campaign finance rules, funneling as much secret, dark money from the mega-wealthy as possible to stop Gorsuch, in the name of stopping dark money. It's a classic "ends justify any means" effort.
I'm absolutely fed up with this and I know you are too.
Let’s be clear, both sides are to blame. I've frequently called out groups supporting President Trump for their lack of transparency. However, I believe it would be wrong on our part to attack them without also calling out the Constitutional Responsibility Project which launched a TV ad buy targeted at convincing Democrat Senators- who unanimously confirmed Judge Gorsuch last time- to oppose Donald Trump’s nominee.
It is unrealistic to ask either side to unilaterally disarm. It’s time the rules were changed, for ideological groups to advocate for transparency, and for influence to be returned to ‘We The People.’
Interestingly, one of their attack ads said Gorsuch should be opposed because he is Wall Street’s best friend. Yet, they were silent when hedge fund personnel $123,000,000 to Hillary Clinton and only $19,000 to Donald Trump as of the July reports last year.
This attack is not about reform, and it’s not about Wall Street.
Many of our members wish justices would consider babies and not corporations to be people, and there are many other hot-button issues that divide people over the Supreme Court.
In November, the people made their will very clear on the pivotal issue of who will fill Judge Scalia's shoes on the Supreme Court. CNN's polling showed that the issue gave President Trump a big advantage at the ballot box as much more voters wanted a conservative appointment.
We are prepared to speak boldly for reform as well as call out hypocrisy wherever we see it. In that vein, we were the only group that pointed out Bernie Sanders' duplicity in injecting his campaign with tens of millions in credit card contributions from unverified sources, despite saying he was FOR campaign finance reform.
And, yes, we are prepared, willing, and proven to point out when the Trump Administration falls short.
We will also continue to remind all that both Sanders and Trump also completely revamped the political landscape in both parties by showing millions of Americans from across the political spectrum are willing to vote our their own Party's establish leaders - if those leaders are really protecting each other's secret money and deal making instead of fighting for their respective ideology.
We can no longer afford to mess around on this issue- or we risk losing ground on one of the most uniting conversations for everyday Americans! That’s why Take Back Action Fund is uniquely positioned to push back on the Right. I've been on the front lines of this battle for a long time.
Before starting Take Back Action Fund, I helped principled conservative, Dave Brat, pull off what may have been the most stunning upset in congressional election history. Despite being outspent more than 10x over, we overcame the big Wall Street money and sent Eric Cantor packing.
We are prepared and ready to be your voice. If you stand with us today, we can be a force for good in standing against hypocrisy and standing for the real reform Americans deserve.
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…
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…
On Thursday, the Federal Election Commission will take up a request by Take Back Action Fund regarding the need for disclaimers on Facebook Advertising. The Action 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.
The Action Fund is encouraged by two draft response to the request to be considered Thursday, which is identified as Agenda Docu…