Thursday, April 28, 2016

Help fight Garland's bid for the Supreme Court

From The National Right To Work Committee:

Barack Obama is plotting to cripple the fight to protect worker freedom by installing Merrick Garland, a Big Labor approved justice on the Supreme Court.

And to make matters worse, as many as 16 Republicans may be wavering on their commitment to block Garland's nomination by agreeing to meet with Obama's nominee.

The consequences of Republicans folding on their pledge to block Garland's nomination would be disastrous.

A recent 4-4 split vote in the Friedrichs case left a lower court ruling in place upholding forced-union dues.

The California teachers fighting to be free from the clutches of union bosses and their forced dues scheme petitioned the Court to rehear their case.

Observers believe the Supreme Court could take up the case again as soon as next year.

But if Republicans wilt under Big Labor's pressure campaign, Garland is very likely to vote with the Court's four liberal justices to deliver a gut-punch to the worker freedom movement.

That's why I'm asking for your immediate help.

Your National Right to Work Committee has launched a "Stop the Obama Takeover" Banner Bomb to raise $30,000 by May 1st to blanket the states of wavering Senators with ads urging them to live up to their word and block Garland's nomination.

A 5-4 ruling in favor of forced-dues is not even the worst decision that a Big-Labor dominated Supreme Court could hand down.

Recently, liberal law professors bragged that a pro Big Labor Supreme Court majority could rule Right to Work itself as unconstitutional.

And now, one Wisconsin judge just handed the nation a peek at the future of Right to Work if Barack Obama gets his way and installs a pro-Big Labor nominee on the Supreme Court.

The judge's ruling struck down the state's Right to Work law by agreeing with Big Labor's lawyers that the state of Wisconsin cannot protect employees from union bosses who threaten to have them fired for refusing to pay dues or fees to a union they don't support.

If Barack Obama's union label nominee, Merrick Garland, is confirmed to the Supreme Court, I'm afraid his record proves he could very well cast the deciding vote to eliminate Right to Work laws across the country.

His 20 year record on the D.C. Court of Appeals reveals his Big Labor bias.

In fact, in two cases he sided against workers represented by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.

He even voted to gut the Supreme Court's decision in the Beck case, which allows workers to opt-out of paying the portion of their dues that funds union politics.

And AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka heaped praise upon Garland and called his pro-Big Labor credentials "impeccable."

That's why I was so disturbed by the news some Republicans might be faltering on their commitment to block Garland's nomination.

So I'm asking you to chip in a contribution to the "Stop the Obama Takeover" Banner Bomb right away.

Your generous support will help your National Right to Work Committee launch a targeted online advertising campaign in states like Arkansas, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio urging their senators to stand firm on their commitment to block Garland's nomination.

With the November elections around the corner, Big Labor is cranking up the pressure on Republicans in the Senate to confirm Garland.

And unless Right to Work supporters across America rise up in opposition, I'm afraid of what may happen.

The good news is, despite the union boss arm-twisting, at least one Republican responded to the grassroots uprising against Garland's nomination and reversed course on his intention to hold hearings on the Garland nomination.

I'm convinced you and I have a chance to hold the line against Garland's nomination.

But that is going to require a megaphone to compete with Big Labor.

That's why I'm asking you to chip in and support the "Stop the Obama Takeover" Banner Bomb.

Your contribution will allow your National Right to Work Committee to gin up grassroots pressure in targeted states by blanketing the Internet and social media with ads urging key Senators to hold the line against the Garland nomination.

This won't be easy -- or cheap.

That's why we have until May 1st to raise the $30,000 necessary to fund this crucial program.

So please chip in a contribution before the deadline and help your National Right to Work Committee fight back against Big Labor's court-packing scheme.

Sincerely,

Mark Mix
President, National Right to Work

P.S. Barack Obama is plotting to cripple the fight to protect worker freedom by installing Merrick Garland, a Big Labor approved Justice on the Supreme Court.

And to make matters worse, as many as 16 Republicans may be wavering on their commitment to block Garland's nomination by agreeing to meet with Obama's nominee.

So your National Right to Work Committee has launched a "Stop the Obama Takeover" Banner Bomb to raise $30,000 by May 1st to blanket the states of wavering senators with ads urging them to live up to their word and block Garland's nomination.

Please chip in a contribution before the May 1st deadline and help turn up the pressure on key senators to hold firm on their pledge to block the Garland nomination.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Help Campaign For Liberty stand up to the IRS

From Campaign For Liberty:

“DESTROY ALL ENEMIES.”

With time running out in the Obama presidency, I suspect that’s the secret battle cry emerging from the White House right now.

Today, with the April income tax deadline come and gone -- and flushed with more American tax dollars than ever before -- the Big Government goons at the IRS can set their sights back on their number-one priority this critical election year...

And that’s doing whatever they can to PUNISH organizations like Campaign for Liberty for refusing to hand over the names and confidential information on a handful of our supporters.

This is not a drill.

As Campaign for Liberty’s finances stand right now, I will have no choice but to surrender to President Obama’s IRS henchmen and shut Campaign for Liberty’s doors, should the legal threat I’m bracing for materialize.

That’s why I’m counting on your IMMEDIATE action.

According to our finance and legal departments, Campaign for Liberty must raise an emergency $75,000 by midnight on Thursday, April 28, to have the resources it'll take to fight back.

Can I count on your immediate contribution of $50 before the deadline to help me resist their attacks?

When the knock on the door comes, their demands will be for the names, addresses, and other confidential personal information on select Campaign for Liberty contributors.

For more than two years now -- with the support of good folks like you -- I’ve fought the IRS’s attempts to cripple Campaign for Liberty with everything from legal threats to $10,000-a-day fines.

But now, after coming so close to passing Audit the Fed in the U.S. Senate -- and our efforts to INCREASE Senate pressure by passing the bill through the House -- the situation with the IRS is getting more serious by the day.

I’m not sure I can hold them off much longer -- even with everything you and I have on the line in 2016.

After putting a majority of the Senate on record in support of Audit the Fed, the banksters, corporate lobbyists, social welfare bureaucrats, and big spending statists in BOTH parties in Washington, D.C. now understand we can’t be ignored. We’re just too “dangerous” to the survival of the racket they’ve created.

And I’m afraid they’re counting on the IRS to do their dirty work for them by targeting Campaign for Liberty for DESTRUCTION.

Make no mistake -- when they come for us, C4L will be in full financial crisis mode.

That’s why I need your IMMEDIATE action.

Will you chip in an emergency contribution of $50 to help me resist? Please make your contribution before Thursday's midnight deadline.

I know I’ve asked a lot of you lately.

But the last time they came for us, the initial fight devastated C4L to the tune of over $125,000.

Let me explain the stakes very clearly.

You see, just recently, Campaign for Liberty’s accountants and senior staff prepared our annual financial statements for submission to the IRS, as required by law.

Once again, I instructed our staff to REFUSE to comply with IRS demands and leave off any identifying donor information.

As a 501(c)(4) organization, Campaign for Liberty contributor information is supposed to be CONFIDENTIAL.

This is a critical protection I wholeheartedly support. Privacy and liberty go hand-in-hand. When Thomas Paine published his pamphlet Common Sense in 1776, he did so anonymously.

Forcing organizations like Campaign for Liberty to publicize donor information would have an incredibly chilling effect on political free speech.

Many liberty-loving Americans would silence themselves for fear of becoming targets of political retribution.

So there’s no way I would ever just hand this kind of information over to these government bureaucrats.

That’s just not an option.

After a case where the National Organization for Marriage complied with IRS demands and promptly saw their donor information publicized, the IRS has only occasionally attempted to “enforce” this rule...

... EXCEPT with Campaign for Liberty.

Twice now, after filing with the IRS and leaving off confidential donor information, we’ve received threatening letters from the IRS imposing outrageous daily fines that could have forced us to shut our doors within weeks.

In those cases, it took a firestorm of public opposition, led by good folks like you -- and the threat of our attorneys filing a federal case that could have ended up at the Supreme Court -- to force the IRS to finally back down.

But even in backing down, they refused to admit they were wrong, showing they fully intend to come after us again when the heat dies down.

Now, after C4L members and supporters forced the recent Senate vote on Audit the Fed -- proving how effective we can be -- I fear the pressure is on the IRS from ALL corners of the federal government, and its cronies, to come after us with everything they have.

And with the April income tax deadline passed, the IRS is free to turn its focus against its political enemies -- that means you and me.

So today I’m coming to you once more.

Can I count on your immediate contribution of $50 to help make sure Campaign for Liberty has the resources to fight back against the IRS?

The IRS is as corrupt as ever. Lois Lerner is STILL walking free -- even after revelations she used a fake email address under the name “Toby Miles” to hide how she was using her power to target pro-liberty groups.

Half-hearted attempts by Congress to force the IRS to stop targeting political enemies haven’t changed anything.

In fact, a recent audit by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office showed how internal IRS controls are skewed to justify targeting religious and political organizations.

It’s no accident!

Our government today views anyone who dares to stand up to them as an enemy.

With virtually unlimited government resources and slick Obama administrations' lawyers, the power the IRS wields is staggering.

Sure, their attacks on Campaign for Liberty and others are blatantly UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Sure, I have no doubt we could face them down in court.

But at what cost?

Campaign for Liberty is run on a shoestring budget. We don’t have millions lying around in the bank.

This fight is about draining our funds.

This is about forcing me to take resources off of other critical programs -- like Audit the Fed and our 2016 election year efforts -- just to keep our doors open.

Let me be clear. As C4L’s finances stand right now, I will have no choice but to surrender to President Obama’s IRS henchmen and shut Campaign for Liberty’s doors should this legal threat materialize.

When the IRS responds to our annual filing, either with an angry letter or a sneering agent at my door, I can’t wait around -- not without risking potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

I asked for your advice in March. And your response was a resounding, “Stand up and Fight!”

I heard you, loud-and-clear.

But to continue the fight to pass Audit the Fed AND stand up to the IRS is simply impossible without an immediate influx of funds.

That’s why I’m counting on you to make your most generous contribution to my Emergency IRS Attack Money Bomb.

Please act quickly. As I mentioned, I need to be prepared the moment I hear back from the IRS.

If you understand the dire state of things today, I know you will at least consider going above and beyond what you’ve given in the past with a contribution of $50.

I know that’s a lot. But this is the IRS we’re talking about. This is not a game.

But if $50 is just too much, please agree to $25 or at least $10.

With the stakes getting higher every year, I have to ensure you have my back on this every year and every step of the way.

Without it, I could be sealing a horrific fate for Campaign for Liberty.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul
Chairman

P.S. With time running out in the Obama presidency, and with the April tax deadline come and gone, the Big Government goons at the IRS are free to set their sights back on their number one priority this critical election year...

That’s doing whatever they can to PUNISH organizations like Campaign for Liberty for refusing to hand over the names and confidential information on a handful of supporters.

And as Campaign for Liberty’s finances stand right now, I will have no choice but to surrender to President Obama’s henchmen and shut Campaign for Liberty’s doors, should the legal threat I’m bracing for materialize.

Will you please click here to make your contribution of $50, $25 or at least $10 to the Emergency IRS Attack Money Bomb IMMEDIATELY?

Thank the Senate Republicans for stopping Obama's nominee for the SCOTUS

From Freedom Works:

Despite being constantly attacked by almost every liberal group in the country most Senate Republicans are still standing strong. The left has tried everything from bashing them in the media to protesting outside their offices, and they haven’t caved to their demands. It takes a lot of guts to stand strong in the face of such adversity and that’s why they deserve our thanks. Send these Senate Republicans a message today and thank them for opposing Obama’s Supreme Court scheme.

These Senate Republicans know what’s at stake in this fight. They are the thin red line between decades of liberal judicial activism and freedom. That’s why they’re not backing down, and for that they deserve our thanks. Contact these Senate Republicans and thank them for opposing Obama’s Supreme Court scheme.

Let’s thank the Senate Republicans for fighting to make freedom work.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Make the internet giants oppose the TPP,the most repressive legislation yet

Fight For The Future:

A trade association that represents the world’s largest Web companies, like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, and Uber just endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP.)

It’s hard to see this as anything but betrayal. Tech experts from every major advocacy group working to defend Internet users’ rights vehemently oppose the TPP, because it poses a dire threat to freedom of expression online.

The good news is that one of the Internet Association’s biggest members, Reddit, has already come out against the TPP and distanced itself from the Internet Association’s stance. [1]

If we can get other tech companies to follow suit, it would be a major victory in our fight to stop the TPP. But they’ll only do it if we push them.

Take action now: tell members of the Internet Association to disavow the Internet Association’s endorsement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement because the TPP lacks transparency, undermines our basic rights, and harms free speech.

The Internet Association’s stance is particularly flooring because the TPP is the antithesis everything the Internet stands for. Instead of being built in the open, it was negotiated in complete secrecy by government bureaucrats and corporate lobbyists.

If we allow the TPP to pass, it will open the floodgates for special interests––like the ones who brought us SOPA, ACTA, and the DMCA––who want to use these types of secretive negotiations to push for terrible Internet policies

We can’t let that happen. But if pro-TPP forces can claim that the “tech community” supports this deal, it will make it much easier for them to get it passed in Congress.

Take action now: tell tech companies not to support the TPP.

While the TPP is overflowing with threats to our democracy, some of its worst provisions are aimed straight at curtailing the power of the Internet. The TPP would: [2]

Expand draconian copyright enforcement, undermining our privacy and the public domain without ensuring protections for free speech;

Criminalize common practices like tinkering with or modifying devices, even for fair use purposes;

Enable multi-national corporations to skirt the democratic process and use shadowy international tribunals to undermine Web users’ rights;

Set a precedent that will encourage anti-Internet lobbyists like the ones who wrote SOPA to use trade agreements to push for bad Internet policy.

There are powerful interests pushing to get the TPP passed through U.S. Congress, and it seems like they managed to pull a fast one on these Internet companies and get them to take a position that goes directly against their own interests and the interests of their users.

Congress could vote on the TPP within a matter of weeks, and they’ll be watching closely how the public reacts to these companies’ statements.

If enough of us speak out, we can get these companies to drop their support for this dangerous agreement, and stand up for the rights of their users and the future of the Internet we all love.

Take action now and tell members of the Internet Association to oppose the TPP.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Cannabis Patients and Programs

Americans for Safe Access:

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. The Mikulski Amendment is the Senate version of the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, which prohibits the Department of Justice (DOJ) from interfering with those abiding by their state medical cannabis law. The Committee approved the Mikulski Amendment last year by a vote of 21-9, but it must be reauthorized again each year.
The Mikulski Amendment has helped slow down DOJ’s efforts to interfere with state medical cannabis programs and the patients who rely upon them. The amendment has been shown to have real impact in protecting programs and patients. In October 2015, Federal District Judge Charles Breyer cited the amendment when ruling that the federal government may not interfere with a medical cannabis dispensary unless they are violating state law. Last week, DOJ dropped its appeal against the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, letting Judge Breyer’s ruling stand. This is why it is vital for us to pass the amendment again.

Take action to email your member(s) of the Senate Appropriations Committee and tell them “Protect medical cannabis programs and patients. Vote YES on the Mikulski medical cannabis amendment!”

With over 100,000 active members in all 50 states, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ASA works to overcome political and legal barriers by creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, grassroots actions, advocacy and services for patients and caregivers.


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