Thursday, September 18, 2014

Help protect people from forced union dues.

From The National Right To Work Committee:

Just weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court handed the National Right to Work Foundation attorneys a sledgehammer.

With your help today, I’m ready to start swinging.

Even as I write you, Foundation staff attorneys are crafting class-action lawsuits that are ready to launch in states all over the country.

The goal is to ENFORCE the recent Foundation-won Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court case and return the tens of millions of forced-dues dollars illegally seized from daycare owners, parents, and other health care providers!

But you and I can’t be na├»ve.

With the November elections right around the corner, Big Labor will fight like a cornered animal to protect its forced-dues treasury.

Big Labor has many of those forced-dues dollars earmarked for electing and reelecting their handpicked candidates!

They’re going to fight this effort tooth-and-nail, determined to keep their forced-dues-funded political machine running full throttle.

My advisers and analysts have calculated we'll need an emergency influx of funds of $40,000 by Thursday, September 18 to fully implement these lawsuits.

Can I count on your most generous tax-deductible support today?

The truth is, class-action lawsuits aren’t cheap.

They come with some pretty big risks too, which I’ll tell you about shortly . . .

But you and I both know the law means absolutely NOTHING if it’s not enforced.

I can’t begin to explain what a travesty that would be.

Under the recent Harris v. Quinn Supreme Court decision, the Illinois union-label "state worker" classification scheme was ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Under this scheme, people who received Medicaid funding to take care of sick loved ones were defined as "state employees" so Big Labor could force them to pay union dues!

Of course, no American citizen should ever be forced to join or pay dues to a union just to get or keep a job.

Sadly, the Supreme Court’s decision didn’t go that far.

But the ramifications of the Harris v. Quinn decision could be HUGE -- if you and I can enforce it.

You see, not only was the Illinois union-label "state worker" classification scheme ended, but similar Big Labor schemes that have popped up all over the country are now ripe to be knocked down.

With your help, our goal is to wipe these laws (and in some cases, executive orders) off the books and DRAIN Big Labor’s coffers of all their illegally-seized forced-dues money!

It is hard to express how huge this could be.

As I write you, over 14 states have similar laws. Nearly 650,000 workers nationwide are affected.

And the union-bosses' architects of these schemes owe them ALL money . . .

. . . hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars you and I know would otherwise be spent on electing and reelecting their political cronies and furthering Big Labor’s forced-dues agenda in state after state and Washington, D.C.

I need to be blunt here.

The class-action lawsuits Foundation staff attorneys are preparing could take a sledgehammer to Big Labor’s forced-dues funded campaign coffers.

But that doesn’t mean it will be easy.

It won’t -- especially because this is such an important election year.

But every dollar you give brings you and me closer to BREAKING THE SHACKLES OF FORCED UNIONISM.

That’s why I must count on your contribution today.

Because class-action lawsuits multiply the impact of a decision tenfold, even a hundredfold, Big Labor always fights back fiercely.

They assign their best lawyers to the cases and use every trick in the book to avoid responsibility.

In the past, during pre-trial proceedings for similar class-action suits, union bosses have even demanded the Foundation turn over the name of every supporter!

In one case where that demand was made, a union lawyer said they needed the names to make "discreet inquiries."

You and I both know what that means.

"Discreet" to Big Labor means threatening phone calls, visits from muscle-bound union goons, slashed tires, wrecked businesses. Maybe worse.

That’s why I’ll never put Foundation supporters in harm’s way.

Foundation Chairman Reed Larson was even threatened with jail time at one point for refusing to hand over the list of our supporters!

But he dug in his heels and eventually won.

Likewise, I will never back down. Ever.

Foundation supporters are small businessmen and women and union workers.

If Big Labor’s thugs found out they were helping us, I shudder to think about what they’d do.

The union bosses HATE the Foundation because we have been so effective in curbing their abusive power.

And the class-action lawsuits that Foundation staff attorneys are preparing -- forcing the union bosses to hand back all that illegally-seized dues money -- will make them hate us all the more.

But I can’t launch these class-action lawsuits without your help.

As I told you, they’re risky.

Big Labor won’t just be on the defense. They have the best lawyers money can buy.

They’ll make outrageous demands of your Foundation just like the past ones I’ve mentioned.

So the staff attorneys are making sure all of their ducks are in a row before launching any class-action suit.

These class-action suits are expensive.

And unlike Big Labor, we don’t have the steady stream of forced-union dues to pay our legal bills.

Since 1968, the Right to Work Foundation has relied on the generosity of good folks like you to make a difference.

So I must count on you today.

Won’t you please agree to chipping in $30 right away?

I know that’s a lot. But every dollar you give is tax-deductible.

But if $30 is just too much, please chip in $20 or at least $10 right away.

The good news is, investments from good folks like you are getting results. BIG results.

Today, your Foundation is involved in over 200 legal cases. The recent Harris v. Quinn win was the 17th time Foundation attorneys have had a case before the Supreme Court!

But for our attorneys, bloated resumes, trophies or plaques on the wall aren’t the real measure of victory.

Our victories are measured in workers being freed from Big Labor’s forced-dues clutches.

They’re measured in the restoration of real freedom in hardworking American citizens’ lives.

They’re measured in DRAINING Big Labor’s coffers of money that’s been illegally seized to fund union bosses’ iron grip on our political system.

With the Harris v. Quinn decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed us a massive opportunity to do exactly that.

Now it’s time for the next phase -- ENFORCEMENT.

So I'm counting on you to chip in to help us reach our $40,000 goal by Thursday, September 18.

Won’t you please consider chipping in $30, $20 or at least $10 right away?

Sincerely,

Mark Mix
President

P.S. The ramifications of the Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision could be HUGE -- if you and I can enforce it.

Not only was Illinois’ union-label "state worker" classification scheme ended, but similar Big Labor schemes that have popped up all over the country are now at risk.

14 states have similar laws that cover roughly 650,000 workers. Now, Big Labor owes them all money!

Today, Foundation staff attorneys are preparing class-action lawsuits that could return to home-care providers HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of dollars illegally seized by Big Labor.

But I’m counting on your help to launch them. Please chip in a tax-deductible gift of $30, $20 or at least $10 right away!

Tell the Senate to Audit The Fed

From Campaign For Liberty:

I just received an email from Congressman Paul Broun thanking me for helping pass Audit the Fed in the House.

I wanted to forward it to you because the real reason why so many Members of Congress are supporting Audit the Fed is not what my staff and I did.

Rather, you and I are picking up support because of the petitions, post cards, phone calls, and letters that you and other dedicated Campaign for Liberty members and supporters have sent to Congress.

And now that Audit the Fed has passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, you and I must now apply that same pressure to the U.S. Senate.

Harry Reid is expected to adjourn the Senate no later than Tuesday, September 23 - so there's no time to waste.

My staff has prepared an Emergency Audit the Fed Fax Blast urging your U.S. Senators to demand Harry Reid bring Audit the Fed to the floor for a full roll-call vote.

You can sign your Fax Blast here:Click here

Once you sign your Fax Blast, please chip in $5 or $10 to help C4L flood the U.S. Senate with tens of thousands of faxes urging a roll-call vote on Audit the Fed.

If there's ever a time when politicians are listening to the folks back home - it's right now when they're out looking for votes.

Thank you in advance for your support.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Internet slowdown protest a success

From Fight For The Future:

Thanks to you, the Internet Slowdown was a resounding success. More people took action to defend net neutrality in one day than ever before in history.

Click here to check out this inspiring infographic showing what we did together on September 10th. It will seriously make your day, unless you happen to be a Comcast lobbyist.

Have a look. Like what you see?

Please chip in $5 so we can keep the fight going.

The slowdown was so big it was impossible to ignore. Several members of Congress tweeted about how their phones were ringing off the hook, and we dominated the mainstream news headlines. More than 40,000 websites took part, including many of the most popular sites in the world, and at the peak of the day, there were more than 1,000 phone calls to congress every minute!

This changes everything. Victory is more tangible now than ever before. But we still need to bring it home. Now that we’ve shown our strength, the giant Cable companies that are lobbying tooth and nail to destroy net neutrality will redouble their efforts, and work every connection they have to keep the public’s voice from being heard in Washington, DC.

There’s only one solution: we have to fight even harder, and grow our movement even larger, and we have to be ready to battle for the net for the long haul.

Organizing the Internet Slowdown day and hosting the website used up a huge amount of our resources. Will you chip in $5 (or more!) today to make sure we can keep the pressure on while we have so much momentum?

Yes, I will chip in today to save net neutrality!

All of us here at Fight for the Future are so proud of the Internet right now. Now more than ever it's so clear how powerful the Internet really is as a platform for free speech, and how absolutely critical it is that we not only fight for it, but we fight to win.

With gratitude and determination,
-Tiffiniy, Holmes, Evan, Jeff, Kevin, Vasjen, and Jessica
Fight for the Future

P.S. The deadline to submit comments to the FCC is this Monday, September 15th. We’re helping plan protests on that day in NYC and Philadelphia. There’s still time to submit a comment. If you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?! Here’s the link.

P.P.S We really want everyone to see this infographic, it’s so epic! Check it out here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Democrats are the enemy of the American people

Sen. Cruz Op-ed: The Democratic Assault on the First Amendment
June 1, 2014 | Sen. Ted Cruz
From The Wall Street Journal:

For two centuries there has been bipartisan agreement that American democracy depends on free speech. Alas, more and more, the modern Democratic Party has abandoned that commitment and has instead been trying to regulate the speech of the citizenry.

We have seen President Obama publicly rebuke the Supreme Court for protecting free speech in Citizens United v. FEC; the Obama IRS inquire of citizens what books they are reading and what is the content of their prayers; the Federal Communications Commission proposing to put government monitors in newsrooms; and Sen. Harry Reid regularly slandering private citizens on the Senate floor for their political speech.

But just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it does. Senate Democrats have promised a vote this year on a constitutional amendment to expressly repeal the free-speech protections of the First Amendment.

You read that correctly. Forty-one Democrats have signed on to co-sponsor New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall's proposed amendment to give Congress plenary power to regulate political speech. The text of the amendment says that Congress could regulate "the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to federal elections." The amendment places no limitations whatsoever on Congress's new power.

Two canards are put forth to justify this broad authority. First, "money is not speech." And second, "corporations have no free speech rights."

Neither contention bears even minimal scrutiny. Speech is more than just standing on a soap box yelling on a street corner. For centuries the Supreme Court has rightly concluded that free speech includes writing and distributing pamphlets, putting up billboards, displaying yard signs, launching a website, and running radio and television ads. Every one of those activities requires money. Distributing the Federalist Papers or Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" required money. If you can prohibit spending money, you can prohibit virtually any form of effective speech.

As for the idea that the Supreme Court got it wrong in Citizens United because corporations have no First Amendment rights, that too is demonstrably false. The New York Times is a corporation. The television network NBC is a corporation. Book publisher Simon & Schuster is a corporation. Paramount Pictures is a corporation. Nobody would reasonably argue that Congress could restrict what they say—or what money they spend distributing their views, books or movies—merely because they are not individual persons.

Proponents of the amendment also say it would just "repeal Citizens United" or "regulate big money in politics." That is nonsense. Nothing in the amendment is limited to corporations, or to nefarious billionaires. It gives Congress power to regulate—and ban—speech by everybody.

Indeed, the text of the amendment obliquely acknowledges that Americans' free-speech rights would be eliminated: It says "[n]othing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress the power to abridge the freedom of the press." Thus, The New York Times is protected from congressional power; individual citizens, exercising political speech, are not.

If this amendment were adopted, the following would likely be deemed constitutional:

Congress could prohibit the National Rifle Association from distributing voter guides letting citizens know politicians' records on the Second Amendment.

Congress could prohibit the Sierra Club from running political ads criticizing politicians for their environmental policies.

Congress could penalize pro-life (or pro-choice) groups for spending money to urge their views of abortion.

Congress could prohibit labor unions from organizing workers (an in-kind expenditure) to go door to door urging voters to turn out.

Congress could criminalize pastors making efforts to get their parishioners to vote.

Congress could punish bloggers expending any resources to criticize the president.

Congress could ban books, movies (watch out Michael Moore) and radio programs—anything not deemed "the press"—that might influence upcoming elections.

One might argue, "surely bloggers would be protected." But Senate Democrats expressly excluded bloggers from protection under their proposed media-shield law, because bloggers are not "covered journalists."

One might argue, "surely movies would be exempt." But the Citizens United case—expressly maligned by President Obama during his 2010 State of the Union address—concerned the federal government trying to fine a filmmaker for distributing a movie criticizing Hillary Clinton.

One might argue, "surely books would be exempt." But the Obama administration, in the Citizens United oral argument, explicitly argued that the federal government could ban books that contained political speech.

The contemplated amendment is simply wrong. No politician should be immune from criticism. Congress has too much power already—it should never have the power to silence citizens.

Thankfully, any constitutional amendment must first win two-thirds of the vote in both houses of Congress. Then three-fourths of the state legislatures must approve the proposed amendment. There's no chance that Sen. Udall's amendment will clear either hurdle. Still, it's a reflection of today's Democratic disrespect for free speech that an attempt would even be made. There was a time, not too long ago, when free speech was a bipartisan commitment.

John Stuart Mill had it right: If you disagree with political speech, the best cure is more speech, not less. The First Amendment has served America well for 223 years. When Democrats tried something similar in 1997, Sen. Ted Kennedy was right to say: "In the entire history of the Constitution, we have never amended the Bill of Rights, and now is no time to start."


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Take the pen from Obama's hand

From Campaign For Liberty:

Barack Obama seems to have forgotten that he's a President - NOT A KING!

Instead of fulfilling his oath to “faithfully uphold the laws of the land,” he's using his pen to create new laws via executive order.

He's used his pen to unilaterally rewrite and delay sections of ObamaCare in a desperate attempt to shield his congressional cronies from public backlash over the disastrous law’s harmful effects.

He's used his pen to impose new restrictions on your constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.

He's used his pen to impose new job-killing regulations on small businesses and American workers.

He’s even used his pen to implement (through executive branch regulations) legislation that was rejected by the American people and Congress.

Remember Cap and Trade (more accurately called Cap and Tax) – President Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s tax-increasing, job-destroying, “environmental protection” legislation?

In 2007, then-Speaker Pelosi rammed this bill through the House, but the public outcry was so great that Harry Reid never brought it to the Senate floor for a vote.

The backlash against Cap and Tax played a major role in the tidal wave of the 2010 elections that swept Nancy Pelosi out of the Speaker’s Chair.

Yet President Obama recently announced new “climate change” regulations, unilaterally imposing many of the key features of the rejected “Cap and Tax” legislation!

President Obama is also preparing to use the crisis at the border to issue executive orders implementing parts of the immigration “reform” bill that the Senate passed last year - which the House refused to pass.

President Obama is doing all this because he knows - thanks in large part to active pro-liberty citizens like you - he cannot get Cap and Tax, gun control, and the rest of his Big Government agenda through Congress.

So he's imposing his agenda on his own.

Campaign for Liberty is fighting back to rein in President Obama and bring more attention to what’s happening by pressing Congress to pass Senator Rand Paul’s “Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act,” S. 82/H.R. 410.

In order to get Congress to act on Senator Paul’s legislation, I need you to help us turn up the heat by signing your petition telling Congress to “Take President Obama’s Pen Away.”

Senator Paul’s bill states that any executive order that exceeds the President’s constitutional authority is null and void.

It also explicitly prevents President Obama from using his executive powers to infringe on your Second Amendment rights.

As important as protecting the Second Amendment, repealing ObamaCare, and stopping President Obama from imposing new regulations on the struggling American economy are, there are even bigger issues at stake.

President Obama’s use of executive orders to create laws strikes right at the heart of America’s constitutional system of checks and balances.

Creating law is the function of the legislative branch.

The Founders separated the power to enforce laws from the power to create laws because they recognized that putting both in the same hands was a recipe for tyranny.

Passing this legislation is vital to protecting our Constitution and our liberties from an out-of-control President – of any party.

While past Presidents used the executive order power to unilaterally create laws, none brazenly used such a disregard of the constitutional limits on their authority as an applause line in the State of the Union!

As abhorrent as President Obama’s actions are, Congress is also neglecting its constitutional duty to take his pen away.

You see, the drafters of the Constitution expected Presidents to try to expand their authority, but they thought Congress would aggressively act to check the Executive.

But Congress is doing little more than engaging in cheap PR stunts to make us think they are standing up to President Obama, so we must let Congress know WE THE PEOPLE expect them to do their job and stop him from violating the Constitution.

That is why I need you to sign your Take President Obama’s Pen Away petition to Congress right away!

And, if you can, please help us alert and mobilize millions of Americans on this issue by making your most generous contribution of $30, $20, or $10 today.

If President Obama gets away with using his pen to rewrite and create new laws, there is no telling where he will stop.

He could:

*** Continue rewriting ObamaCare;
*** Further curtail your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms;
*** Order the NSA to ramp up surveillance on Americans who oppose his policies;
*** Increase TSA harassment at airports and even further expand it to train and bus stations or “roving checkpoints” on interstate highways;
*** Order the IRS to step up its harassment of organizations that oppose his agenda;
*** Keep rewriting the nation’s immigration laws;
*** Impose even more “Cap and Tax” type of regulation on the country.

The truth is there's no way of knowing how a future President will build on his precedents.

Help us take a stand and make our voices heard.

Please sign your Take President Obama’s Pen Away petition, and, if you can, support our efforts to get Congress to protect you from an out-of-control executive with a contribution of $30, $20, or $10.

If we can raise the support, Campaign for Liberty will launch a hard-hitting program of emails, Facebook and other social media, op-eds, and more to alert millions of Americans to the dangers of President Obama’s serial overstepping of his authority.

I know I have asked a lot of you lately, and Campaign for Liberty members have had a number of successes in the legislature this Congress.

But unless we convince Congress to put politics and partisanship aside and stand up to President Obama, our ability to effectively shape public policy by putting the heat on the legislature will be greatly threatened, since an out-of-control Executive may unilaterally act even if we win in the legislature.

President Obama may be particularly brazen in his abuse of executive orders to get around constitutional limitations on his power, but he is not the first, and sadly, he will not be the last . . .

. . . unless we get Congress to rein in the President now.

That is why it is so important you sign your Take President Obama’s Pen Away petition to Congress!

And please help us make our maximum impact in this cause by making your most generous contribution to Campaign for Liberty of $30, $20, or $10 today!

In Liberty,

Norm Singleton
Vice President of Policy

P.S. President Obama has used executive orders to infringe on our Second Amendment rights, rewrite ObamaCare, and impose new regulations on the American economy. He’s acting like a King, not a President.

This abuse of executive orders is a dagger aimed straight at the heart of our Republic.

Campaign for Liberty is fighting back and supporting Senator Rand Paul’s “Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act,” S. 82/H.R. 410, which explicitly makes clear that presidential executive orders that create new laws are null and void.

Passing this legislation is crucial to stopping President Obama - and future Presidents - from exceeding their constitutional authority and creating laws that threaten our liberty.

So please, sign your petition demanding Congress “Take President Obama’s Pen Away” so we can turn up the heat for change.

And, if you can, please help us alert and mobilize millions of Americans to take a stand by supporting our efforts with a generous contribution of $30, $20, or $10 today!

Hillary let those men die in Benghazi

From Stop Hillary PAC:

This is an emergency. We just learned the damning truth about Benghazi -- the loss of 4 American lives was COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE.

The key U.S. security team in Benghazi was FORBIDDEN from immediately responding to the attack on the American diplomatic mission.

That's right...their inside account of what happened the night of the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack is proof that Hillary Clinton had the means to save her diplomatic team.

Five minutes into the attack a team was ready to respond, but they were ordered to "Stand down" not once or twice, but 3 times...

Had they not been held back for more than 30 minutes, things would have turned out differently for the 4 Americans who died.

"I strongly believe if we'd left immediately, they'd still be alive today," one of the U.S. security team members.

Here's where it gets even more disturbing.

Obama's Press Secretary, Hillary's State Department Spokesmen, and even the House Intelligence Committee insisted there was no order given hindering anyone from responding to the attack.

Hillary Clinton is guilty of more than just lying. Crippling indecision, or worse, willful inaction were Hillary's death sentence for those 4 Americans who died September 11, 2012.

We must Stop Hillary Clinton from recasting the story, and marching her way to the White House. Donate at least $5 here to Stop Hillary.

She can't afford for America to know the truth. So, we're going to make sure everyone hears the truth about Benghazi.

For our freedom,

Senator Ted Harvey (R)
Chairman, Stop Hillary PAC

P.S. We've gathered more than 160,000 signatures to support Trey Gowdy's Select Committee on Benghazi and Subpoena Hillary to speak under oath. BUT despite all this momentum, we cannot afford to rest yet. Donate $5 or more help us spread this message and grow the movement to STOP HILLARY!