ATP asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Montana rejection of Citizens United

Posted on March 27, 2012 by Donald Ferguson
Today three corporations asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Montana Supreme Court’s holding that corporations in Montana may be banned from making independent political expenditures by expressly advocate the election or defeat of state candidates. In the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects such core political speech even if made by corporations in federal elections and could not be banned. But the Montana Supreme Court upheld a ban on corporate independent expenditures for such speech, based on Montana’s uniqueness, especially its history of corruption.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already stayed the Montana Supreme Court’s decision, meaning that corporations can currently speak despite the state court’s holding. The stay is in effect while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to accept the case for review, and, if it is accepted, then until the case is decided.
In their petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, the corporations explained that the Montana decision was in conflict with both the Court’s holding that corporations could not be banned from doing core political speech and the Court’s reasoning that the independence of such speech eliminated any risk of corrupting candidates. The petition stressed the importance of upholding respect for the rule of law, the Supreme Court’s decisions, and the Supreme Court itself. It noted the flood of cases that would arise from other states seeking similar as-applied exceptions if Montana’s decision stands. And it noted the profound constitutional problems that would arise if Montana’s arguments were allowed to prevail.  For example, if Montana’s argument that it  is unique because it is sparsely populated were to prevail, this would mean that would-be speakers in densely populated urban areas have greater speech protection than those in suburban or rural areas.
James Bopp, Jr., lead counsel for the corporations, states: “If Montana can ban core political speech because of Montana’s unique characteristics, free speech will be seriously harmed. Speakers will be silenced because of corruption by others over a century ago or because Montana candidates have traditionally spent little money on their campaigns. This puts speakers at the mercy of others and of past actions over which they have no control. The First Amendment’s protections cannot be so conditioned.”
The case in the U.S. Supreme Court is captioned American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock. In the Montana Supreme Court, it was captioned Western Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Attorney General. The petition is available at the James Madison Center website at http://www.jamesmadisoncenter.org/cases/files/2012/02/Cert-Petition-final.pdf.

 

Environmentalists hurl death threats at ATP. We don’t back down.

Posted on March 23, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

“I really hope somebody kills you. I really mean that.  That would make me very, very happy.”

That message, left on my personal cell phone, is just one of the many I get every day from radical environmentalists.

It comes as no surprise to me.  Environmentalists speak the language of violence.

And they have reason to target me with their threats.

    We are going to the Supreme Court to affirm the rights of Americans to speak out without fear of government harassment.

You see, in the state of Montana it is against the law for employers to spend their company money to speak out about issues affecting their business.

But it’s perfectly legal for radical liberal groups to do the same.

Enforced by a bully liberal governor and a liberal attorney general, both of whom preside over a corrupt administration, we have seen everyday citizens hauled into court for questioning the liberal establishment.

It’s gotten so bad a federal court lashed out at the liberal administration, accusing them of “petty bureaucratic harassment” of conservatives.

But they made a mistake.

They came after American Tradition Partnership when we exposed the truth about them.

And we fight back.

So we took them to court.

We won.

The court ruled they could no longer attack our First Amendment rights.

But they refused to accept the court’s ruling.

They even attacked the U.S. Supreme Court!

So now, that’s where we’re going.

I am taking our case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Two Supreme Court justices have already sided with me, issuing an injunction telling the governor and attorney general to stop their illicit attacks on citizens.

But our legal fight is expensive, and we are not assured victory.

If we lose crooked politicians could shut down American Tradition Partnership and silence people who speak out against radical environmentalism.

But if we win we affirm YOUR right to speak out against corrupt politicians and their Gang Green henchmen, without fear of government harassment.

Being unable to use government resources to harass people who speak the truth would be a serious blow to Gang Green.

So now they are coming after me with death threats.

Unfortunately for them I don’t back down.  Ever.

Even in the face of death threat.

But I do need you to stand with me.

Go here to chip in $500, $250, $100, $50, $10 or more to support American Tradition Partnership in this fight.

Whatever you can afford will be great appreciated.

Your gift will go to support American Tradition Partnership in this fight to affirm your First Amendment rights.

This fight is hard. And expensive.

But we must wage it.

    I refuse to stand by while two crooked politicians haul citizens into court simply for telling the truth about a corrupt regime.

And I will not let them silence American Tradition Partnership.

Even when their henchmen leave death threats on my cell phone.

So may I please ask you to go here and chip in $10 or more to help me win this Supreme Court fight against crooked Gang Green allies and their violence-spewing henchmen?

I’m fighting for citizens who have already been hauled into court, and for people-powered citizen groups like American Tradition Partnership who have also been targeted with bogus government harassment and death threats.

And most importantly, I’m fighting for you.  If victorious in their fight to silence American Tradition Partnership they will go after citizens like you next.

This fight, which is now in the Supreme Court, is expensive and tough.

And now they’re hurling death threats. So please stand with me.

Go here to chip in $500, $250, $100, $50, $10 or more to support American Tradition Partnership in this fight.

Sincerely,

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S.  Death threats on my personal cell phone.  That’s what they’ve stooped to.

Why? We have a case going before the U.S. Supreme Court to shatter Gang Greens’ illicit political monopoly.

Please let me know you stand with me in the face of death threats and a Supreme Court fight to protect your First Amendment rights.

Go here to chip in $500, $250, $100, $50, $10 or more to support American Tradition Partnership in this fight.

Urgent! Call Senator McConnell NOW!

Posted on March 7, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Call Senator McConnell right now at 202-224-2541.  Tell him to OPPOSE any wind tax credit amendment.

A Senate insider has just told me Gang Green Senator Maria Cantwell (Democrat-Washington) has introduced an amendment to a Senate transportation bill that would continue millions of dollars in tax giveaways to failing wind companies.

Gang Green’s multi-million dollar lobbying machine is twisting arms to keep the wind tax credit alive.

Don’t let your tax dollars be blown away.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are right now negotiating what amendments will be allowed in the transportation bill.

Call Senator McConnell right now at 202-224-2541.  Tell him to OPPOSE any wind tax credit amendment.

Sincerely,

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S. Please take just a moment to go here and chip in $10 or more to support American Tradition Partnership’s efforts to expose Obama’s radical agenda and hold him accountable in 2012!

Yet another Obama-backed ‘green’ company fails, takes your tax money with it

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

At this point is there ANY company touted by Obama as our future that’s still in business?

“The latest casualty is Abound Solar Manufacturing,” Investors Business Daily writes today.  “The Longmont, Colo.-based recipient of a $400 million federal loan guarantee to expand solar panel production said Tuesday it is laying off 280 workers and delaying a new factory in Indiana. That amounts to a 70% reduction in its workforce.”

“This is a far cry from the bright future painted by the president in his weekly radio address of July 3, 2010. Touting his push for a clean energy economy, Obama said Abound would ‘manufacture advanced solar panels at two new plants, creating more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs’ at plants in Indiana and Colorado.”

“Apparently Abound was not helped by last July’s $9.2 million Export-Import Bank loan to support exports of thin-film solar photovoltaic modules from Abound Solar to Punj Lloyd Solar Power Ltd., a company in India building a five-megawatt solar project on a 62.5-acre site near the village of Bap.

“In a January report, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News counted at least 12 clean energy companies that were having trouble after collectively being approved for more than $6.5 billion in federal assistance. Five have filed for bankruptcy: the junk bond-rated Beacon, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy and the infamous Solyndra.”