Letter from C4LSubmitted by meekandmild on Thu, 06/11/2009 - 14:59
June 11, 2009
Dear Friend of Liberty,
In less than a year, Campaign for Liberty has grown to almost 160,000 members, and our largest legislative push to date (Audit the Fed) has gained the support of almost half the House of Representatives.
But there's more news, exciting news, than that!
I have tried to keep you up-to-date on the fast-moving situations and challenges we face from Congress and the White House, but you also should know about the tremendous work being done by C4L members like you all across the country.
Here are just a few of the successes we are having at the state level:
Virginia: In September 2008, HB 1587 was introduced into the Virginia legislature to prevent Virginia from complying with any part of the federal REAL ID Act (which C4L Virginia Co-Interim Coordinator Donna Holt renamed "Dangerous ID") or any other federal mandate that compromised the economic privacy or biometric data of Virginians.
Having such a great bill with which to stand up against a horrendous civil liberties violation,Virginia C4L held a “Stop Dangerous ID” Rally with other freedom-loving groups, organized supporters to call and write their Virginia legislators, and saw the fight through until Governor Tim Kaine signed the bill into law in March.
Virginia C4L also remained vigilant, rallying members when Governor Kaine attempted to pass an amendment to another bill, SB 1046, that would have restored compliance with REAL ID. This amendment was defeated in the House by a vote of 67-32.
Congratulations to Donna and her Virginia team!
California: Last summer, we reported that seven Ron Paul supporters had won seats on the Alameda County GOP Central Committee but were challenged on the basis that they hadn't been Republicans long enough. Those supporters beat back the challenge and took their places on the Committee, where they have used their new positions to great effect.
(Note: As we were getting ready to send this email, C4L received an update from our friends on the Alameda County GOP. Ron Paul supporters now control 16 seats on the 30 member committee, and the California Republican Party is filing briefs in support of the recent appeal contesting our supporters' victory in court and calling for their removal from the Alameda County GOP Central Committee.)
Not only were C4L members in Alameda County successful in getting Democrat Representative Pete Stark to co-sponsor Ron Paul's Audit the Fed bill (HR 1207), but in March, the Alameda County GOP passed a resolution in support of HR 1207 that has become a blueprint for other groups throughout the nation.
Since March, HR 1207 resolutions have been passed in areas including Sonoma County, California, Contra Costa County, California, Clark County, Nevada, and Prince William County, Virginia, and by groups such as the Republican Liberty Caucus of California and the Louisiana State Republican Central Committee.
Missouri: Less than two weeks before Campaign for Liberty's first-ever Regional Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, the Missouri Information Analysis Center released a detailed report titled "The Modern Militia Movement" to Missouri law enforcement officers.
This report grouped together Ron Paul and C4L supporters with violent extremists in a broad brush effort that targeted almost anyone who holds a limited government view.
C4L members mobilized, petitioned, called, and put on so much pressure that the Missouri Highway Patrol retracted the entire document. Our Missouri members are continuing to work with local government officials to investigate the origins of the report, hold those responsible accountable, and prevent it from happening again.
Montana: In 2004, longtime Ron Paul supporter Gary Marbut, president of the Montana Shooting Sports Association, wrote the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, which declares federal firearms laws relating to the vast majority of guns built, used, and kept within the state of Montana to be null and void.
The MFFA was carried in the 2005 and 2007 sessions of the Montana Legislature by former Ron Paul staffer turned legislator, Rep. Roger Koopman (R-Bozeman), but was twice defeated in the state Senate. In early 2009, another Ron Paul supporter, freshman legislator Joel Boniek of Livingston, Montana, pushed the bill through the House, and Campaign for Liberty members joined other freedom-minded activists to successfully lobby for its passage in the Senate. HB 246 was signed into law by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on April 15, 2009. (An appropriate day to challenge federal overreaches!)
Adding teeth to the recent state sovereignty movement, the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, created and driven by Ron Paul supporters, is one of the most bold stands ever taken by a state. According to Gary, "Now clones of the MFFA have been introduced in AK, TX, TN, SC, and MN. The TN clone has passed the House and Senate with considerable majorities. I hear serious talk about more clones of the MFFA to be introduced ASAP in FL, GA, MO, OK, KS, CO, AZ, WY, UT, ID, and WA."
As Dr. Paul has noted on many occasions, freedom is popular!
State Conventions: Over the past several months, state C4L groups have made their presence known at state party conventions, where they are spreading the message, signing up members, and helping steer their state's parties toward freedom. Check out these reports from Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
In addition to these tremendous stories, C4L members are petitioning their representatives about HR 1207 and persuading them to audit the Fed, winning seats locally and reclaiming educational systems, as well as speaking out and planning events to promote the cause.
We are making a difference because our members refuse to back down in the face of historic threats to liberty. We are making a difference because you are taking a stand for the principles that made this nation great.
Space does not permit me to include all the great member actions, so be sure to keep an eye on our Recent Member Posts section on CampaignforLiberty.com and check out the Recent Member Posts archive for hundreds more of these types of stories.
Also, visit our new Audit the Fed Action Page to download materials, view video updates, check on the sponsorship status of your representative, and read HR 1207-specific member posts.
We will be making these types of emails a regular feature and want to hear from you! Send success reports you would like to see highlighted to StateStories@CampaignforLiberty.com.
If you are not yet involved in your state's Campaign for Liberty, select your state on our State page today, and join the ever-growing number of dedicated, liberty-minded individuals who are successfully fighting for their freedoms.
Much to the dismay of entrenched politicians, lobbyists who have sold their souls to big government, and a mainstream media that sings the praises of the status quo every day, our movement is stronger than ever and is reclaiming America – starting in our own backyard.
P.S. Only your continued support allows Campaign for Liberty to help state C4L activists in their fight against big government on a local level. If you are able, please consider contributing today to help ensure even more state successes in the future.