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AMAC Signs Coalition Letter to Oppose H.R. 1 and S. 1, For the People Act

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AMAC joins numerous conservative organizations to oppose H.R. 1 and S. 1 that would, among other things, dramatically alter First Amendment protections Americans have enjoyed since the founding of our country.


The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Republican Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Republican Leader
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Republican Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader Schumer, and Republican Leader McConnell,

On behalf of the millions of Americans who cherish and rely on the right to support causes we believe in without fear of harassment and intimidation, we, the undersigned individuals and organizations, ask you to reject H.R. 1 and S. 1, the deceptively named “For the People Act.”

Nonprofit organizations serve a vital role in encouraging free speech and the free exchange of ideas. Privately supporting causes — and the | organizations advancing those causes — is a fundamental freedom protected by the First Amendment.

Our Founding Fathers used pen names to encourage independence from Great Britain. Nearly 200 years later, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked the state of Alabama from demanding the supporter list of the NAACP, citing concerns about retribution against the group’s members and financial backers. And last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging a California regulation forcing charities to hand over their supporter lists to the government.

H.R. 1 and S. 1 would dramatically alter the First Amendment protections that Americans have enjoyed since the founding of our country. It would institute sweeping new burdens on their constitutionally protected rights to freely speak, publish, and organize into groups to advocate for the causes they support. In particular, H.R. 1 and S. 1 would impose onerous and unworkable regulatory standards on the ability of individual Americans and groups of Americans to discuss the policy issues of the day with elected officials and the public. This bill would also violate the privacy of advocacy groups and their supporters and stringently and excessively regulate political speech on the Internet.

More specifically, H.R. 1 and S. 1 include numerous, sweeping provisions that would violate the First Amendment rights of Americans by:

• Subjecting citizens who contribute to nonprofit organizations to harassment and intimidation by making their personal information available in a searchable government database. This mandate focuses public attention on the individuals and donors who support causes instead of on the messages communicated by those organizations, exacerbating the politics of division and personal destruction and further coarsening political discourse. This would have a considerable chilling effect on civic
engagement and free speech.
• Policing speech by Americans about legislative issues by expanding the definition of “electioneering communications” – historically limited to large-scale TV and radio campaigns targeted to the electorate in a campaign for office – to include online advertising that bears no relation to an election. This will subject far more issue ads to burdensome disclaimer requirements, which will coerce groups into truncating their message and make some advertising, especially online, practically impossible.
• Indiscriminately regulating groups that incidentally or occasionally advocate on federal judicial nominations and require those groups to broadly expose their donors, even if those citizens had nothing to do with the groups’ speech about judicial nominees.
• Forcing groups to publicly identify their supporters on the face of the ads themselves. Faced with the prospect of being inaccurately associated with what the law would consider (unjustifiably, in many or most instances) “campaign” ads in FEC reports and disclaimers, many donors will choose not to give to nonprofit groups.
• Increasing regulation of the online speech of American citizens while purporting (and failing) to address the threat of Russian propaganda.
• Expanding the universe of regulated online political speech by Americans beyond paid advertising to include communications on groups’ or individuals’ own websites and email messages.
• Deterring American citizens from serving their country through political appointments by forcing them to disclose their donations to causes they have supported in the past. Our elections will not be more honest, more informed, or more secure from foreign interference if we sacrifice the privacy of American citizens. But our democracy will be weakened if voices are eliminated from public debate through intimidation and overregulation.

As a Member of Congress, you have taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. H.R. 1 and S. 1 propose multiple violations of our First Amendment rights. On behalf of the millions of American citizens our organizations represent, we strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 1 and S. 1.

Sincerely,

Heather Lauer, Executive Director
People United for Privacy

Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
ALEC Action

Michael P. Farris, President & CEO
Alliance Defending Freedom

James L. Martin, Founder/Chairman
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis, President
60 Plus Association

Caleb Crosby, President and CEO
Alabama Policy Institute

Bethany Marcum, CEO
Alaska Policy Forum

John Droz, Jr., Founder
Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions

Bob Carlstrom, President
AMAC Action

Dick Patten, President
American Business Defense Council

Phil Kerpen, President
American Commitment

Bill Johnson, President
American Decency Association

Tom Pyle, President
American Energy Alliance

Carrie Ann Donnell, President & CEO* American Juris Link

Gary L. Bauer, President*
American Values

Bradley Johnson, President
Americans for Intelligence Reform

Richard Manning, President
Americans for Limited Government

Mike Nichols, President
Badger Institute

Nathan Anderson, Executive Director
Concerned Veterans for America

Penny Young Nance, CEO and President
Concerned Women for America
Legislative Action Committee

Ron Pearson, Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.,
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com

Thomas A. Schatz, President
Council for Citizens Against Government
Waste

Linda W. Smith, President
D. James Kennedy Center for Christian
Statesmanship

Frank Wright, Ph.D., President & CEO*
D. James Kennedy Ministries

Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director
Digital Liberty

Lawson Bader, President & CEO
DonorsTrust

Colleen Holcomb, President
Eagle Forum

Tim Hoefer, President & CEO
Empire Center for New York State Policy

Craig Richardson, President*
Energy & Environment Legal Institute

Rob Roper, President
Ethan Allen Institute

Patrick Purtill, Director of Legislative
Affairs
Faith & Freedom Coalition

Fred Birnbaum, Director of Legislative Affairs
Idaho Freedom Foundation
Idaho Freedom Action

Matt Paprocki, President
Illinois Policy Institute

Jon C. Caldara, President
Independence Institute

Heather R. Higgins, CEO
Independent Women’s Voice

Ryan McCann, Executive Director*
Indiana Family Institute

Andrew Langer, President
Institute for Liberty

F. Vinnie Vernuccio, President
Institute for the American Worker

Chris Ingstad, President
Iowans for Tax Relief

James Bopp Jr., General Counsel
James Madison Center for Free Speech

Becki Gray, Senior Vice President
John Locke Foundation

James Franko, President*
Kansas Policy Institute

Phillip Wright, Executive Director*
Keep My Voice

Jacob Hibbard, President
Latter-day Freemen

Seton Motley, President
Less Government

Colin A. Hanna, President
Let Freedom Ring

Chris Chmielenski, Vice President
NumbersUSA

Ellen Weaver, President & CEO
Palmetto Promise Institute

Daniel Erspamer, CEO
Pelican Institute for Public Policy

Michael Geer, President
Pennsylvania Family Institute

Jim Vokal, Chief Executive Officer
Platte Institute

Mary Taylor, President*
Pro-Life Utah

Lorenzo Montanari, Executive Director
Property Rights Alliance

Eli Lehrer, President
R Street Institute

Mike Stenhouse, CEO
Rhode Island Center for Freedom &
Prosperity

Denise Leipold, Executive Director*
Right to Life of Northeast Ohio

James Wigderson, Editor*
RightWisconsin

Paul Gessing, President
Rio Grande Foundation

Bette Grande, CEO
Roughrider Policy Center

James Setterlund, Executive Director
Shareholder Advocacy Forum

Sharp, President and CEO
State Policy Network

Rusty Cannon, Vice President
Utah Taxpayers Association

Diane Spicher, President
Veterans and Patriots United

Jane Richey, Local Coordinator
Vegango County Tea Party Patriots

Lynn Taylor, President
Virginia Institute for Public Policy
Tertium Quids

Dann Mead Smith, President/CEO
Washington Policy Center

Susan Loch, Co-Owner
WFYL 1180 AM

Julaine K. Appling President*
Wisconsin Family Council

Richard M. Esenberg, President & General Counsel*
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty

Scott Manley, Executive Vice President of Government Relations
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

Scott Suder, President*
Wisconsin Paper Council

Heather Weininger, Executive Director*
Wisconsin Right to Life

*Affiliation used for identification
purposes only.

Grover Norquist, President
Americans For Tax Reform

Brent Wm. Gardner, Chief Government
Affairs Officer
Americans for Prosperity

John Toedtman, Executive Director
Caesar Rodney Institute

Will Swaim, President
California Policy Center

Ryan Johnson, Associate Commissioner,
District 2*
Cass County Commission

Ryan Ellis, President*
Center for a Free Economy

Cathi Herrod, Esq, President
Center for Arizona Policy

Andrew F. Quinlan, President
Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Jeff Mazzella, President
Center for Individual Freedom
Star Parker, President

Rev. Tim Latiff, Clergy Director
Center for Urban Renewal and Education

John Hinderaker, President
Center of the American Experiment

Larry Cirignano
Children First Foundation

David Nammo, Executive Director & CEO
Christian Legal Society

Aaron Baer, President*
Citizens for Community Values

David N. Bossie, President*
Citizens United

Charles Mitchell, President and CEO
Commonwealth Foundation

Kent Lassman, President and CEO
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Craig DeRoche, President & CEO
Family Policy Alliance

Bob Dane, Executive Director*
Federation for American Immigration
Reform

Kelly Shackelford, Esq., President, CEO &
Chief Counsel
First Liberty

Tom McCabe, CEO
Freedom Foundation

Annette Meeks, CEO
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Adam Brandon, President
FreedomWorks

Randy Hicks, President and CEO
Georgia Center for Opportunity

Victor Riches, President and CEO
Goldwater Institute

Ron Williamson, President
Great Plains Public Policy Institute

Tim Macy, Chairman
Gun Owners of America

Sam Paredes, Executive Director
Gun Owners of California

Jessica Anderson, Executive Director
Heritage Action

Mario Lopez, President
Hispanic Leadership Fund

Jon Coupal, President
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Daniel Perrin, President
HSA Coalition

Connor Boyack, President
Libertas Institute

Charles T. Moran, Managing Director
Log Cabin Republicans

Gene Mills, President
Louisiana Family Forum

Joseph Lehman, President
Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Tom McClusky, President
March for Life Action

John Helmberger, Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota Family Council

Douglas Carswell, President & CEO
Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Gregg Keller, Chairman
Missouri Century Foundation

Hunter King, Director of Federal Affairs
National Association for Gun Rights

Troy A. Miller, CEO
National Religious Broadcasters

Carol Tobias, President
National Right to Life

Greg Mourad, Vice President
National Right to Work Committee

Pete Sepp, President
National Taxpayers Union

Karen Bowling, Executive Director
Nebraska Family Alliance

Robert Fellner, Vice President & Policy
Director
Nevada Policy Research Institute

Maureen Blum, Founder and Principal
Strategic Coalitions & Initiatives LCC

Kristan Hawkins, President
Students for Life of America
Students for Life Action

David William, President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Judson Phillips, Founder
Tea Party Nation

Jenny Beth Martin, Honorary Chairman*
Tea Party Patriots Action

Robert Alt, President and CEO
The Buckeye Institute

Gary Marx, President
The Concord Fund

Art Harman, Executive Director
The Conservative Caucus / Americans for Constitutional Liberty

Jim Lakely, Vice President
The Heartland Institute

J. Robert McClure III, Ph. D., President and CEO
The James Madison Institute

Brett Healy, President
The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy

Daniel Garza, President
The LIBRE Initiative

Renee Carlson, General Counsel
True North Legal

Carl Bearden, CEO
United for Missouri

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Janice
5 days ago

One more building block to fit into their foundation of one world order if these pass. What times we live in! Looking forward to a time when the only “King” or “Ruler” is God Almighty our loving creator! I appreciate the persistence in continuing the good work needed to maintain a balanced, righteous, peace-loving nation (and world!). God bless us all and help us to remain humble and compassionate with a quiet, never-ending strength to overcome the forces of evil.

Warren Lockard
16 days ago

As far as I am concerned, politicians only deal with half-truths and the balance in lies. Watch the airing of Mike Lindell’s Video of “Absolute Truth” then convince me the election was ligament.

Ron Hinkel HEI
19 days ago

Money is what drives the games state legislators and congress are playing so depriving governments of this source to use against our rights outlined in the constitution is the problem. So what do you think about the idea that the entire legislative branch is illegally formed because seven, or more, states simply cannot verify their election roles leading to a significant number of abuses? The result is that the current make-up of government whether Republican or Democrat is not acceptable to we the paying public. Therefore, under the fundamental concept that this country declared its independence, ‘NO Taxation without Representation’ we as Americans can refuse to pay our taxes this federal government. I mean, what difference is it between we the American people and the government of England in 1776 and we the American people and the illegal kings of our swamp government in 2021?

Dawna R Smith
19 days ago

There is proof of foreign interference in our elections that changed our votes to get Biden and democrats into office. There is a threat to our legal system that anyone willing to challenge this will be disbarred, and brought up on criminal charges, that is called abuse of power and corruption of our judicial system using fear. That is why, our judicial system will not see any evidence of voter fraud, even though there is tons of evidence out there. Now that the Foreign players have got their inner players in power and bought them off with money and greed, these new laws for securing federal voting will ensure continued foreign interference in elections and control of government power and technocracy, and making of laws. Mail-in ballots are the only way to feed these voting machines so they can have the ballot tabulation information to put into algorithms that allow them to change into anything they want. Remember the Secretary of State of all the states that turn in the election results are not elected officials representing the public, they are appointed by the governors and are totally partisan and susceptible to being corruptable and bought. there was a great amount of evidence turned over to many of these SOS officials of just votes from dead people that they allowed being counted that alone would have turned the election over to Trump, let alone, the other voters who should not have been counted, like felons and illegal aliens, residences to PO boxes and vacant lots, and those without Postmarks or after Nov. 3. And if machine counts were allowed to be audited by hand counting, when anomalies were spotted and more votes were being cast than registered or sudden mathematically impossible spikes for Bidden were seen after the counting was closed. Evil, demonic evil is showing itself. This country has been and will continue to be attacked viciously from within and outside through cyber attacks as it is every day from all around the world, the pandemic will continue to take the week out and drain people financially trying to do anything to save their lives. This RNA “vaccine” for this CCP virus and all the new variant strains may help some people but down the road a few years it also may do more harm than good in changing people’s immune response to other manmade coronavirus variants that we don’t know about and are unnatural. I personally see this type of vaccine as a precursor to a type of mandatory “vaccine” that will be required by the New World Order Government Ruler that will eventually modify your genome, and track your health and immune response. It will be scannable and also be a unique individual ID marker that works all your medical records and personal financial records and you won’t be able to buy or sell or go anywhere without. Because it changes your human genome, like in the days of Noah, when all the earth was evil, the human genome was contaminated with the mixing of Nephelim, demonic beings who laid with women. It would be impossible for them to be saved. They would all be cursed forever, Those markers would have a code on them of the Ruler’s name or the number of his name meaning or equalling 666 in someway. Sound familiar? Well, there are new vaccinations getting ready to be rolled out in 3 years with this exact technology in 3 1/2years by one of the approved COVID19 vaccine manufacturers that was issued in a medical journal last month. So we know the end times are drawing near. We look to Jesus as our hope and see many extreme injustices taking place that are blatant and in our face, and even our own justice system is threatening our lawyers with disbarment and charging them criminally for even talking about crimes and evidence they are seeing against our Nation and our Freeddoms. While the illegitamately placed leaders are trying rule us by fear forcing egredious evil laws on us, threaten us with fear calling us the enemy and labeling us terrorist of our own state when we are the lovers of our own Nation and state and Constitution. Dividing us and falsely accusing us of being racist, when they are the ones who have harmed more Americans and contributed to more American suffering and poverty and joblessness than anyone group all together. I love people, all people, I hate evil, all evil, any evil done to anyone by anyone I hate, my heart breaks to see the sins of others cause harm on any person I don’t care what color, what sex, what nationality, what neighborhood, what education or what bank account. We all hurt we all have struggles, we all have God given rights to be heard, seen, loved and persue happiness, earn a wage, be treated with dignaty and kindess, and respect, be noticed. We are all entitled to justice equally and fairly under a fair law system. We are entitled to live life to the fullest abundantly as we earn it, not as it is handed out to us according to what someone else has worked hard for, otherwise there is no appreciation only entitlement and spoiled mental lofty outlook of being better than others. I don’t believe in forcefully taking from someone who has worked hard or inherreted the riches of someone who has worked hard and giving it to others who don’t want to work at all who can. I also don’t beleive in taking advantage of workers who do work hard and are loyal, who hope that by their loyalty they will gain favor and be promoted so they can be better for their family and persue their prosperity and goa.ls and needs as well. This law is evil, like most of the laws and EOs coming from this administration and I urge our members to get active and vocal and not be affraid, pray, ask for protection from God and the Holy Spirit, and get the Gospel out ther. be bold, on fire for the Lord, just like Senator Green said in her speech Friday. No more luke warm Christians people. It’s time for a huge Christian Revivial and fight for true righteousness in DC and pray over our people up there, Pray even harder for our enemies to come to know righteousness and love on them the most. That is God’s call for us.

Don Herrold
19 days ago

where are the state governments and elected officials opposing this legislation. Time for all of us to call our state representatives and mayors and have THEM oppose this also. That is what we mean by a “republican form of government”. CALL your state reps and mayors. Educate them. I doubt they have heard of this bill or have a clue. They all take an Oath to protect the Constitution. Now is the time. God bless

Paul
19 days ago

This is all the communist Democrats want.
Re-write the Admendments of the Constitution.
Starting with the Freedom of Speech.
God Bless America!

Liz
20 days ago

They want to change the laws so the republicans can t do what they did in 2020

Henry Boling
20 days ago

From the beginning of time it has been good versus evil and we certainly see how the country is divided.We Christians must carry the cross in one hand and a sword in the other for the enemies of GOD are trying to destroy this Country and must push back

Karen
20 days ago

What! We conservatives must all get together somehow and fight like hell. The Dems have gone bonkers and need psychiatric help desperately. Keep praying everybody. This is a travesty!!!!!

Vickie
21 days ago

HR 1 ALSO changes the Voting Laws and Federalizes the System taking it away from States rule. It makes Nationwide Mail-in Ballots & same day & online Registration the Norm with almost no Checks on a Person’s eligibility. THIS IS ANOTHER WHOLE COMPLETE WOLF in the Bill HR 1 & SR 1. This will forever make our elections a mere farcical formality. Then there is the Constitution killing Wolves in the rest of it as well.

lillian
21 days ago

If something isn’t done about the one sided policies what is a person to do? We are over a barrel. I am sick over how the election turned out. I am nearly 80 and do not want my young grand and great grand children to grow up not knowing what LIBERTY for ALL is really about.

Paul
19 days ago
Reply to  lillian

So am I! Keep fighting Back!
Sign petitions! Keep up the pressure on your Democratic State Representatives.
Don’t be intimidated by their Rhetoric.
I’m doing this as a retired person.
All it costs me is a first class stamp.

Mandy
19 days ago
Reply to  lillian

Please advise your grand kids etc that they need to take up the mantle and battle for their country’s future. So many just seem to have their noses stuck in the smartphones and unaware of what is going on in the US political system.

Victoria Johnson
21 days ago

I venture to guess Nancy Pelosi will do to this letter exactly what she did with President Trump’s State of the Union Address without reading it at all. Our side just loves to play the role of Don Quixote, jousting at windmills. Passage of H R 1 and S 1 will be at the top of the agenda as soon as the impeachment (inquisition) has been completed.

Wynne G Day
21 days ago

Agreed, on each point!

Gloria
22 days ago

What do I express my agreement with this letter?

Barbara Riddle
22 days ago

I will be happy to sign!

Gary Brooks
22 days ago

Remember how often our Republic was in danger in many ways from it’s infancy till present. Not long after gaining our independence, the war of 1812, war with Mexico, the Civil War and the violent turmoil leading to this division. World wars, Depression, Korea, violence in the 60’s including Vietnam and civil rights issues, 9/11, Gulf War. We came through them through much grief, loss and blood. Yet we still stand. Why, because for the most part we believed in our God given rights as Americans, “The right to Life, Liberty & the pursuit of happiness”. The times have changed, but the heart of many burn for this freedom. United we must stand. United we must speak and support causes that we not only believe in, but promote the security and unity of all who believe in the rights of all men. Do not let those with goals that are contrary to our Constitution diminish our freedoms. Speak-up, band together with common cause and push the lies into darkness with the truth that “all men are created equal” and know by the grace of God this is the foundation of our country and only remain as such if we do not waver.

Victoria Johnson
20 days ago
Reply to  Gary Brooks

The difference between those times and this time is they plan to “fundamentally” change the very foundation of the country, the Constitution, to which we have always been able to go back to after the upheaval or turmoil. Once the Constitution and its guarantees have been eliminated there will be nothing to go back to.

Centurion
22 days ago

I demand to see the donor list of the ACLU. Anyone think I’ll get it?

Gloria
22 days ago
Reply to  Centurion

You never know if you don’t ask.

Chuck
19 days ago
Reply to  Centurion

Better yet, how about Planned Planned Parenthood? I am quite sure you will not get that donor list.

Ed J
22 days ago

Remember reading about “Chastity Belts” created in medieval times that women were often forced to wear while their men were absent? Well, given enough time, I’m sure the Demsheviks will eventually come up with a modern counterpart device that they will force all of us to wear over our mouths to ensure we can’t speak when the Demsheviks are out of earshot!

Carol Dayton
21 days ago
Reply to  Ed J

The masks are a precursor to that, inhibiting our speech and ability to see non-verbals. What about people who read lips and criminal investigators who rely on the face to apprehend criminals? So many just comply with them when there is no scientific
reason.

johnh
22 days ago

AMAC: Thanks for sharing this letter

Charles Emery
22 days ago

As a Life Member of the NRA I can see exactly where this is going. They need to stop pushing before they encounter serious pushback.

Gloria
22 days ago
Reply to  Charles Emery

Maybe they should encounter pushback now, before it gets too serious.

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