January 21, 2011
Campaign Finance: Do You Like Tax-funded Political Campaigns?
By James Wilson

Quote of the Day: "There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him." -- Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988) American writer

Should you be forced, at the point of a tax-collector's gun, to fund . . .

* political candidates you dislike?
* the communication of political beliefs you oppose?

If not, then I hope you'll join us in paying for a legal brief to the Supreme Court that will oppose tax-funded political campaigns.

DC Downsizers have already had a dramatic impact on the Supreme Court by funding previous legal briefs.

Our attorneys pioneered the argument that the "Freedom of the PRESS" (rather than speech) is the primary reason to reject campaign finance laws. We have repeatedly asserted to the Court, on your behalf, that you have the same right to spend money on political communications that the New York Times and the major networks do.

This way of thinking has begun to have an influence on Court decisions, including the famous Citizens United case. In other words . . .

These legal briefs give you a powerful tool for influencing an entire branch of government, where you only have to convince five minds to accept your position in order to win a major victory that will change the way The State operates.

Our position is simple. Politicians must NOT violate your First Amendment rights under the excuse that this will somehow reduce their desire to hand-out special interest favors using your money. Instead, if we compel the politicians to obey the 9th and 10th Amendments, they will have no favors to confer. It really is that simple. By comparison . . . 

The idea of tax funding for political campaigns is just another part of a rotten campaign-finance-scheme, by which the politicians seek to protect their positions by reducing political competition. Tax-funding for political campaigns is really another way to make sure that challengers NEVER have more money than incumbents, because challengers have a greater need for money than incumbents do.

Tax-funded campaigns are just a scam.

In order for this project to be successful, we will need some generous patrons. When combined with the support of others, a $2,000 contribution would nearly seal the deal. Absent that, we're looking for a few $1,000 or $500 supporters.

These amounts are out of the range of most folks reading this message, and we cannot achieve our goal with them alone. We need dozens of other individuals joining them, with amounts varying from $10 to $300 -- EVERY contribution will make a difference.

That's why ANYONE who makes an electronic donation to this project, starting today through Wednesday (1/26) at midnight, will receive a copy of the brief, in .pdf format, via the email address they provide with their contribution.
This is a project of the Downsize DC Foundation. Therefore, your contribution for this purpose is tax deductible.  

If you believe in voluntary funding for political campaigns, rather than coerced, State-controlled funding, then please make a contribution to fund a brief to the Supreme Court supporting your views.

Thank you for making this work possible, 

Jim Babka
Downsize DC Foundation

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