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TBAF volunteers attend GA GOP Fish Fry to educate on Instant Runoff

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Take Back Action Fund attended the annual GOP Fish Fry in Perry, GA to explain what an instant runoff system would mean for the state. Citizens of Georgia were energized when learning about the positive impact an Instant Runoff system would make in their state. TBAF representative Noah Durham got the opportunity to meet with Governor Kemp on this effort and the idea was well-received!

Currently, when no candidate receives a majority of the votes, states can handle the results in one of two ways. In some states, whoever has the plurality of votes wins. It's possible to elect a candidate with as little as 34 percent of the vote in a three-way race even if that candidate is the candidate most opposed by 66 percent of the voters. In other states, a runoff is held a few weeks later. The taxpayers have to foot the bill to have people come back to the polls to vote again between the top two candidates. This forces candidates to quickly raise and spend money for a very low turnout electi…

TBAF Bay State Project Develops from Take Back Our Republic Visit

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When Take Back Our Republic Executive Director John Pudner visited Boston in June the reception of the message that independents, moderates, and conservatives should embrace reform just as strongly as progressive groups was overwhelming.

Media coverage was swift from such outlets as the Boston Herald, Commonwealth Magazine and even the conservative radio show  The Howie Carr Show.

Massachusetts-based American Promise, which will once again feature Take Back Our Republic at their annual meeting in DC, was thrilled to have the group in their home state.

The outpouring from many in the Bay State included surveying residents to find out what reforms would be popular among center-right voters in a state that has been dominated by Democratic politics. Surveys show a huge number of voters in the state have no party affiliation. 

The specific requests in some cases went beyond the scope of what Take Back Our Republic, a 501c3, can undertake, so the Chair of the group's sister 501c4 orga…

TBAF and CLC Remain Only Groups to Win On-line Disclosure rules at FEC

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On December 17, 2017, Take Back Action Fund teamed up with the Campaign Legal Center to win a historic victory at the FEC to require Facebook to disclose who was paying for ads. After the publicity around Russian interference, one might assume other similar rulings would follow, but in fact, group after group has failed to win in front of the FEC - making our victory, unfortunately, the only one in the arena. This summer FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub addressed this issue by stating, "Americans deserve transparency when it comes to internet communications, especially as
we face the growing threat of online disinformation campaigns and false political advertising.
The FEC needs to do its part to combat these threats and make it harder for foreign adversaries to
interfere in our elections with their influence operations. Better rules for internet ads are a small
but necessary step." Other calls for transparency were highlighted in her "Internet Ad Disclaimers Rulemaking …

Returning to Boston Years after our Campaign Finance Reform Event at the Harbour

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Take Back Action Fund anticipates being ready to hit the ground running to both ask for donations and reach out to Bay State residents as soon as completing some compliance work with the state. We plan to address the problems with gerrymandering and dark money in the state while encouraging voter registration and participation. 

On May 5, 2015, three months after launching Take Back Our Republic (Take Back), a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization (see details on www.takeback.org), the launch of www.takebackactionfund.org (a 501c4)  was announced for those who agreed advocate policies and implement specific solutions activities which go beyond the scope of the efforts of Take Back.

Success in New Hampshire leads to Interest from Massachusetts Residents

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Take Back Action Fund President John Pudner hosted most of the Congressional candidates for a forum on campaign finance reform last cycle (see story here), the helped pass the FixIt America resolution against gerrymandering and for campaign finance reform (see story here). Seeing the success just north of their border, some Massachusetts residents who attended our event at the Boston Harbor a few years ago (see Reuters story here) asked us to look at reforms in their state.

On May 5, 2015, three months after launching Take Back Our Republic (Take Back), a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization (see details on www.takeback.org), the launch of www.takebackactionfund.org (a 501c4)  was announced for those who agreed advocate policies and implement specific solutions activities which go beyond the scope of the efforts of Take Back.


No Electoral College Critics - More Big States Were Slave States

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No group writes more hysterical comments than supporters of abolishing the electoral college (see our piece in the Hill with 6,225 shares from April and the piece that brought more than 1000 comments in the first couple of hours.)

I know critics often post stream of conscience comments without researching, but many could have saved themselves from their embarrassing argument which I paraphrase as:  Those who support the electoral college are siding with the 18th century small slave holding states that forced the Electoral College on the large non-slave states. Correcting their mistake before posting would have only required two quick google searches:
First, click on 270 to Win and go to the first election where each state's electors were counted (right image), then click on the image on Wiki's history of slavery (left image).




1. If those who side with 18th century small states AGAINST large states are racists, then ...

Alice in Wonderland. Comments intended to shame supporters…