LINK: Supreme Court decision in ATP v. Bullock

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Click here for 6/25/12 – American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock

Schweitzer compares Ferguson to Castro

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

In response to American Tradition Partnership’s request he resign from office for widespread corruption and his repeated violations of his oath of office, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer compared Executive Director Donald Ferguson to Cuban leader Fidel Castro Monday.

Ferguson responded: “Fidel Castro is a blustering bully who rails against capitalism and falsely prosecutes people for questioning him.  He must be thinking of Brian Schweitzer.”

Supreme Court strikes down Schweitzer, Bullock attempt to silence Montanans

Posted on by Donald Ferguson
    In a one page per curiam decision today in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock, the United States Supreme Court struck down a Montana law prohibiting corporations from engaging in independent political expenditures in state elections.  This provisions was similar to a federal law struck down in Citizens United.
    In so doing, the Court said that “Montana’s arguments in support of the judgment below either were already rejected in Citizens United or failed to meaningfully distinguish that case.”  This closes the door on the argument that unique facts in a certain state can be employed to overturn CU.  Further, it means that independent expenditures are never corrupting as a matter of federal constitutional law.
    In addition, as Justice Breyer in dissent noted, there is no prospect that the majority of the Court will reconsider CU.
    According to James Bopp, Jr, attorney for the Montana corporations that challenged the law, “This is an excellent result. The Court has shut the door on a multi-million dollar effort to lobby and even intimidate the Court into reconsidering Citizens United. This effort has failed and the Citizens United decision is now settled law. Groups of persons of average means will still be able to pool their resources to effectively participate in our democratic process.”

ATP wins Supreme Court case, calls on Schweitzer, Bullock to resign

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

ONCE AGAIN AMERICAN TRADITION PARTNERSHIP STANDS ON THE SIDE OF THE LAW, CONSTITUTION

Once again American Tradition Partnership has prevailed in court, for the simple reason the law and the Constitution are always on our side.  ATP has now emerged victorious in every case brought to a court of law.

We are pleased the Justices of the United States Supreme Court have upheld the Constitution’s guarantee of free speech without limits or retribution by government officials. As clearly stated by the First Amendment, politicians cannot outlaw political speech to create a favorable political environment or because they simply don’t like the type of speaker.

This reversal on summary judgment is a resounding rejection of Governor Schweitzer’s and Attorney General Bullock’s indefensible attacks on Montanans’ God-given right of free political speech. ATP has always adhered to every letter of applicable law and we will continue to expose corruption and misbehavior by government officials.

As outlined in our case the unlawful misbehavior by Governor Schweitzer, Attorney General Bullock, Senator Esp and the revolving door of poorly-qualified, politicized and downright corrupt Political Practices Commissioners is precisely why Montanans should be allowed to speak freely about politicians without limit or fear of persecution.

Schweitzer and Bullock sought to preserve limits on political speech that may shed sunlight on their corrupt practices, and were rebuked by the Supreme Court. Only the corrupt should fear free political discourse.

Over the coming months Montanans will find out about the corrupt practices and radical positions Schweitzer and Bullock were trying to hide through threats and intimidation.

This is not the first time Governor Schweitzer’s administration has been rebuked by a federal court for unlawfully attacking private citizens he disagrees with.

In 2009, the Ninth Circuit Court ruled Montana “Political Practices Commissioner” Dennis Unsworth, a political appointee of Gov. Brian Schweitzer, violated the constitutional rights of the Canyon Ferry Baptist Church when he falsely ruled the church must file as a political committee.  The church sued, and the Montana Legislature eventually approved a $225,000.00 payout to Schweitzer’s victims.

ATP previously sued the Schweitzer administration after Unsworth issued a false and defamatory “finding” against the group just three days after ATP won a different free speech case against the Governor.  In retaliation for his headline-making defeat the Schweitzer administration issued a 41-page document making numerous false and outlandish damaging claims about ATP.

At the end of the “legal finding” the Schweitzer administration openly admitted they had no evidence whatsoever to back up any of the claims.

Both Governor Schweitzer and Attorney General Bullock assumed office by taking a sworn oath to uphold the rights of Montanans.

Given Governor Schweitzer and Attorney General Bullock’s latest court loss in a case in which they failed to honor their oath, American Tradition Partnership’s grassroots members across Montana ask both men to tender their resignations immediately.

Obama forces 750 more coal mine layoffs in W.V., Kentucky & Virginia

Posted on June 23, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

“Arch Coal on Thursday announced it will lay off 750 workers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia this summer,” Clarksburg, W.V. NBC affiliate WBOY reports.

Each of those 750 jobs supports at least three other jobs.  Mining officials cited ” a challenging regulatory environment” under Obama as a key cause of the layoffs.

Bill Bissett, president of the Kentucky Coal Association, “blamed the federal government, saying the Obama administration is ‘doing its best to move this country away from coal by any means possible,’” WBOY reports.

“What is it going to take for the administration and the EPA to back off?,” Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.V.) asked. “The administration cannot simultaneously claim they’re focused on creating jobs while pushing energy policies that are shuttering plants and destroying jobs. It just doesn’t pass the smell test.

“I recognize that the coal industry is subject to the same market forces as anything else; there will be ups and downs, good times and bad.  But the administration is actively trying to cripple the fossil fuel industry through regulation; the EPA is now Enforcing Political Agendas and it has to stop.”

American Tradition Partnership applauds feds’ decision to not mess with Texas

Posted on June 13, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Fish and Wildlife Services follows science, declines to place sagebrush lizard on Endangered Species List
Environmentalists sought listing to thwart energy development in West Texas

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest grassroots advocate of rational environmental policy applauds today’s announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that it will not place the dunes sagebrush lizard on the so-called “Endangered Species List.”

“This is a victory for science, energy jobs and Texas,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson, a native Texan. “Texans refuse to have their jobs and childrens’ futures stolen by these out-of-touch lizardlickers.  God bless Texas and keep on drilling.”

Had the lizard been listed it would have potentially thwarted energy development and economic growth in West Texas and eastern New Mexico.  Scientific studies by Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University backed up science, showing the lizard was not endangered.  Environmentalist groups continued to push for the erroneous listing, pointing out they would use it to shut down energy development.

“Texans especially owe a debt of gratitude to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who led the fight against what he calls ‘reptile dysfunction,’” said Ferguson.  “Commissioner Patterson, and ATP, will continue to fight ongoing efforts to block energy development using bogus listings.  These groups, often funded by the government itself, are exploiting a flawed Endangered Species Act to seek bogus listings and use that to attack anything that spreads jobs or prosperity.  We’re going to cut that off, and unlike a lizard’s tail, it won’t grow back.”

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