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Support Free Speech: Reject the Wyden/Murkowski Campaign Finance Bill


For Immediate Release: May 07, 2013

Contact: Laura Keehner Rigas, (202) 347-9388, [email protected]

Washington, D.C. -- Today the American Conservative Union (ACU) sent a letter from Chairman Al Cardenas and other conservative leaders to members of Congress and their staff asking that the Senate reject S. 791 -- the Wyden/Murkowski campaign finance bill -- known as the "Follow The Money Act."

"This bill is yet another attempt to use the subterfuge of campaign finance reform to suppress free political speech and...

"The American Conservative Union applauds the United States Senators who boldly voted to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act. The Marketplace Fairness Act ensures government gets out of the way and allows small businesses to compete on a level playing field that stimulates fiscal growth.  The next step in guaranteeing a sustainable free-market economy would be a passage in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as encouraging any states which adopt this tax to lower the overall sales taxes."


“The American Conservative Union applauds Missouri Senators Rob Schaaf, Mike Parson, Doug Libla and Wayne Wallingford who for several hours last night bravely fought to stop a tax increase which would prop up government-mandated monopolies. SB 207 does not guarantee any additional services to customers and at a time when residents are counting every penny, taxing Missouri households additional hundreds of dollars per year simply adds insult to injury.”

As an attendee at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner, it struck me that I agree with the president. At least on one issue. Rapper Jay-Z’s recent decision to visit Cuba is a problem. Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé traveled to Cuba to celebrate (in their words) their fifth wedding anniversary in spite of a U.S. tourist ban.  Many of my friends on the right ask: “Why can’t Americans travel to any country they wish to? Why can we go as tourists to China but not Cuba?”


by Christopher Manion

FRONT ROYAL, VA -- With the passing of Howard Phillips on Saturday, April 20, America has lost a tireless champion of liberty. Since his youth, Howard blazed a trail that was a model for later generations of conservatives. His noble example of lifelong devotion to principle was a beacon to countless legions of patriots fighting in the trenches. Born and raised a Jew, he converted to Christianity and was a stalwart defender of life at every stage. In many ways he was more Catholic than many Catholics: his...

Washington, D.C. -- The American Conservative Union (ACU) today called on the U.S. Senate to reject the campaign finance legislation introduced today by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Lisa Murkowski.

“This proposed campaign finance legislation infringes on freedom, privacy and free speech and it inhibits political discourse in this country,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas.  “This bill deprives every American citizen of the rights to support causes of their choice without fear of retribution from their bosses, neighbors or government officials. The...

Washington, D.C. — The American Conservative Union (ACU) released today the results of a recent survey they commissioned on privacy and free speech issues. The results of the poll show that a clear majority of respondents see free speech and privacy as fundamental freedoms that are linked at the core. The poll was conducted from April 2nd to April 4th, 2013, and consisted of 600 likely voters in the 2014 general election. Those polled were representative of national ideological and partisan demographics, with more Democrats than Republicans participating and combined more...