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Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Americans’ Right To Most-Basic Political Speech (Talking to Neighbors)
Institute for Justice ^ | April 15, 2010 | John Kramer

Posted on 04/15/2010 7:34:42 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Americans’ Right To Most-Basic Political Speech: Talking to Their Neighbors

WEB RELEASE: April 15, 2010

Seattle, Wash.—Washingtonians from both sides of the political spectrum filed a lawsuit today to stop their state from monitoring, collecting and publicly disseminating information about the political activities of private citizens who do nothing more than urge their fellow citizens to take political action. They seek to vindicate the belief that if the First Amendment protects anything, it protects the right of all Americans to speak to one another about the issues affecting their lives without having to first register with the government.

There are few things more distinctly American than grassroots political activism. From town hall meetings and statehouse rallies to talk radio, blogs and “meet ups,” Americans are constantly finding new and innovative ways to participate in politics. Through such activities, people can alert elected officials to constituents’ preferences, educate fellow citizens about how to make their voices heard, and even persuade the public to adopt new views. In fact, it’s hard to imagine our system of government working without an active and engaged populace of grassroots activists.

But little-known laws existing in a majority of states threaten to strangle this kind of political participation with red tape, ensuring that the public square is occupied by only those established voices that have enough resources to overcome the immense burdens imposed by so-called “grassroots lobbying” laws. These laws require groups to register with the state and file frequent and detailed reports about their contributions, expenditures and activities.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; firstamendment; freespeech; lawsuit; lobbying; lping
Download the PDF: Mowing Down the Grassroots: How Grassroots Lobbying Disclosure Suppresses Political Participation

1 posted on 04/15/2010 7:34:43 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...
Another great liberty oriented legal effort brought to you by IJ.

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2 posted on 04/15/2010 7:42:31 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: DogByte6RER

“In New York, the maximum criminal penalty is $5,000 and four years in jail, equivalent to arson or riot; and in Alabama, it is $30,000 and 20 years, an equivalent punishment for kidnapping.”

I understand New York libs wanting to shut people up, but what’s up with Alabama going off the deep end here?!?!!!

3 posted on 04/15/2010 7:48:57 AM PDT by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at
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To: piytar

Goes back to Jim Crow, they wanted to stop blacks people from organizing by requiring permits for every little group. They simply wouldn’t issue the permits and arrest black groups that tried to meet without one.

They of course couldn’t do that with chruches so that’s one of the big reasons the Civil Rights movement was centered there.

4 posted on 04/15/2010 8:07:54 AM PDT by Raymann
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To: DogByte6RER

“You can’t do that without official permission.” IL Sen Dick Durbin’s staffer told me in reaction to 800+ signatures on petitions he received whichi I collected door-to-door in my neighborhood.

5 posted on 04/15/2010 9:51:14 AM PDT by spintreebob
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To: spintreebob
“You can’t do that without official permission.” IL Sen Dick Durbin’s staffer told me

Lurkers response: "Indict me, a**hole."

6 posted on 04/15/2010 9:53:15 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Raymann

In Obama’s Chicago where there is no explicit law, all political voices independent of the Dem machine are harrassed. But none is harrassed more with nuisance charges than Blacks who are independent of the machine.

A white/Asian/Hispanic independent will get a parking ticket, a littering ticket, a visit from the code enforcement team.

A Black independent will get a beating for resisting arrest ... the arrest being the parking ticket, etc.

7 posted on 04/15/2010 9:59:05 AM PDT by spintreebob
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