Showing posts from July, 2017

Action Fund Elects Randy Brooks Chair; Glover, Connors, Pudner, Hellwig

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, 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 me

Both Sides Sling Dark Money in Supreme Court Fight

 April 5th, 2017 by  Take Back Action Team 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

Former Auburn University Coach Stops by Take Back Action Fund Office

 April 5th, 2017 by  Take Back Action Team Take Back Action Fund is inviting any potential candidate for office to stop by and hear us out on why every Republican, Democrat, third party candidate and Independent should back campaign finance reform. The first potential candidate for the 2018 election cycle to take us up on the offer was former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, who is said to be considering a run for Governor. We were honored to be among the first stops on his "listening tour." Last fall, President Trump made a promise to "Drain the Swamp," and the American people embraced the idea of an outsider running the country. Will Alabamians look to do the same in 2018? Tuberville, who made his stop by our office this week, may be eager to find out. Tuberville was an outstanding football coach, and he is hoping that his leadership experience- outside of politics- will prompt Alabama voters to select him to lead the state. We enjoyed the oppo

Take Back Action Fund Targets Arizona Voters with First Mailer

 August 29th, 2016 by  Take Back Action Team Take Back Action Fund (Action Fund) continued its research into the ability to increase voter participation by sending its first voter mailer into Arizona prior to Tuesday's primary in the 5th Congressional district. The Action Fund was formed due to interest from some supporters of Take Back Our Republic, a non-profit recognized as a 501-c3 by the IRS, to advance the search for conservative solutions for campaign finance reform beyond the scope of that organization including electioneering.  Congressman Matt Salmon of Mesa co-sponsored the result of efforts to stop unverified credit card contributions that invite foreign contribution, HR4177, whose sponsor Paul Gosar is also in the Arizona delegation. Salmon is not running for re-election With a state goal of breaking politicians addiction to a few large campaign contributions, the mailer is part of an effort to determine the best ways to turn out voters in cost-effective ways t

NC Governor +15 after LGBT $$$ Attack

 July 25th, 2016 by  Take Back Action Team Author's note: while remaining concerned about this issue, I did write a follow-up piece in NewsMax on this topic. Please join the 10,000+ who have shared my  Breitbart story  and ask everyone you know to join  to educate people on the big money behind legislation that would give any of the nations 747,000 convicted sex offenders a get out of jail card if they follow a woman into a women's restroom or public shower. Incredible money flooded the state to back the effort started when groups allied with the Charlotte Business Guild, led by convicted registered sexual offender  Chad Sevearance after they put pressure on Governor McCrory to support the LGBT bathroom bill. This is one more example of why conservatives must get engaged in the money in politics debate. The group run by the registered sexual offender helped convince national LGBT groups, as well as performers, corporations, sports leagues

37K Facebook Shares; Trump Hits Political Money

 July 25th, 2016 by  Take Back Action Team 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 . 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  

President of Take Back Action Fund John Pudner quoted in recent AJC article

 February 23rd, 2016 by  Take Back Action Team Take Back Action Fund President John Pudner was quoted in a recent AJC updated for his comments on Bernie Sanders campaign being the only remaining campaign refusing to let banks verify credit card contributions. Read John's full comments below. A campaign finance reform group  based in neighboring Alabama has taken aim at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign for the presidency. John Pudner of the Take Back Action Fund called Sanders the only remaining presidential candidate who has refused to let banks verify his contributions by matching a credit card to the donor. The campaign instead relies on an outside vendor for the work. "Bernie Sanders needs to put his money where his mouth is on campaign finance reform," said Pudner, adding: No politician has benefited more from talking about campaign finance reform, but now it is time for him to lead by example and not just words. The group is pushing HR4177, whic

Study:Planned Parenthood chapter No. 1 campaign finance violator; Sanders campaign blasts TBOR proposal

 December 11th, 2015 by  Take Back Action Team Take Back Action Fund  did not plan an email update until next year, but surprising developments required an emergency conference call this morning and this update: Bernie  Sanders' spokesman dismisses  Take Back Our Republic-backed campaign finance reform (see  Al Jazeera post here ) as "A Solution in Search of a Problem" Media outlets in the  Mideast  and  Russia  both focus stories on credit card loophole Planned Parenthood chapter spent 89% of $585,236 funds on political activity ( Open Secrets study ), leading to new support by  TBAF  for disclosure for c-4s that disregard the 50% limit Congressmen Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Walter Jones (R-NC) and I push reform legislation at a press conference 1. The headline in Al-Jazeera story from Bernie Sanders' campaign quote The "search" for the problem would not take long. A  quick read of USA Today  a couple of weeks ago indicat

Take Back Our Republic names Jeff Kubler Oregon C-4 state coordinator

 June 9th, 2015 by  Take Back Action Team  -  Comments (0) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      Contact: Salem, Oregon (June 8, 2015)  - National non-profit Take Back Our Republic (TBOR) announced Tuesday the selection of Jeff Kubler as the state coordinator for the foundation's Oregon efforts ( ). Above all, the group pledges to promote non-partisan solutions to issues plaguing America's campaign finance system, by pushing to restore power to the hands of voters. Jeff Kubler has many years of volunteer political activism towards conservative solutions in Oregon. Jeff has worked on initiative campaigns and held other various offices. While working on campaigns, recruiting candidates and running the local party a lot was learned about running Get Out the Vote Efforts and communicating with voters.  This lead Jeff to form a company called Action Solutions ( ) which provides communicat

American Spectator: Clinton May Spend More ($2.5 billion) than all GOP candidates combined

 May 5th, 2015 by  Take Back Action Team   May 4th, 2015 For those conservatives who say campaign finance is only a liberal cause, please read this piece in the American Spectator. The piece suggests that Hillary Clinton could spend more than all GOP candidates for President combined ($2.5 billion). Read the full story here.

Take Back Our Republic Action Fund Launched

FOR RELEASE  Contact: John Pudner Take Back Our Republic Action Fund Launched Auburn, AL (May 5, 2015)  Three months after launching Take Back Our Republic (Take Back), a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization (see details on ), I am happy to announce the formation of Take Back Our Republic Action Fund (Action Fund). 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 Action Fund will organize those volunteers who want to engage in those activities. It is an organization not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of related issues under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. We will work to defend and advance campaign finance reform that empowers voters and encourages higher voter turnout from a conservative, ma