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American Land Rights Association - Land Rights Network
PO Box 400 - Battle Ground WA 98604
Phone: 360-687-3087 - Fax: 360-687-2973 - Email: <[email protected]> - http://www.landrights.org
Legislative Office: 508 First St SE - Washington DC 20003
Phone: 202-210-2357 - Fax: 202-543-7126 - Email: [email protected]

Greenies Attack Your Freedom of Speech!

The Land Grabbers are opening up a new front in the battle against private
property rights and access to public lands!

Their latest stunt is to attempt to control the freedom of speech of
grassroots activists.


SEE ACTION ITEM BELOW.

You see, it seems that the grassroots has just been winning too many
battles lately against the forces of Big Brother.

The Land Grabbers hero, Al "Earth in the Balance" Gore, lost the election.
Then property rights advocates were named to key spots in the President's
Cabinet, like Gale Norton as Interior Secretary and Ann Veneman as
Agriculture Secretary. Attempts to put liberals like John Turner in place
to undercut the pro-property rights agenda were stopped cold.

We are winning, so the Big Government gang wants to change the rules. They
are now attacking your freedom of speech!

They call it campaign finance "reform." It is legislation in Congress
called HR 380, the "Shays-Meehan" bill. It is cosponsored by two radical
environmentalist congressmen, Rep. Chris Shays of Connecticut and Rep.
Marty Meehan of Massachusetts.

This is the same Rep. Chris Shays who is sponsoring for the eighth
consecutive year the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act. This
radical land lockup proposes EIGHT massive new wilderness areas,
biological connecting corridors, and a taxpayer financed new army of
environmental police called the Wildland Recovery Corps.

His sidekick, Rep. Marty Meehan, has a score from the League of Private
Property Voters of 0%. ZERO. This guy NEVER votes with us on
ANYTHING.

Shays and Meehan are joined in support of HR 380, campaign finance
"reform," by the leftwing New York Times editorial board, the Rockefeller
family foundations, and the Pew Charitable Trust, which finances most of
the environmental movement with multimillion dollar grants.


Here is what HR 380 does:

***It Bans voter guides such as the League of Private Property Voters
(LPPV) Vote Index, unless all its sponsors register with the Federal
Election Commission, file endless reports, and face the threat of audit if
they speak out too loudly against a powerful politician.

For example, LPPV gave Congressman Billy Tauzin it's "Benedict Arnold
Award" last year, for selling out land owners by sponsoring the 'CARA' Land
Grab bill. If LPPV had been licensed and regulated by a federal agency at
that time, it may have been slapped with an audit after behind the scenes
pressure from Tauzin. This is not as far fetched as it sounds - remember
all the organizations that were hit with audits and harassment from federal
agencies after they criticized Hillary Clinton!

***It damages freedom of association to form coalitions, such as the Keep
Private Lands in Private Hands Coalition. Any mention of support or
opposition to legislation may be interpreted as support or opposition to
the election of the legislator sponsoring the bill.
This free speech would trigger federal registration and reporting
requirements, especially if it was during an election year. Severe and
unprecedented penalties, including jail time, are proposed for groups and
individuals violating this thicket of new regulations. This will have a
terrible effect on grassroots activists, most of whom are volunteers and
cannot afford lawyers and the time to fill out endless forms.

***It bans political advertising 60 days before an election, but exempts
the media from any restrictions. This means that the liberal media will
have free reign to control the issue agenda of what voters see and hear for
two entire months before an election!
Dan Rather, CBS news anchorman and Democratic Party fundraiser, will go
unchallenged. Radical environmentalist Ted Turner can cut loose CNN to
attack property rights without response. The New York Times and the other
elitist liberal outlets can use their newspaper chains and media
conglomerates to promote their views - but if you carry a sign at a rally
59 days before an election, you have to register with the Federal Election
Commission!

WHY do the professional environmentalists, like the League of Conservation
Voters, just LOVE these Shays-Meehan campaign finance freedom of speech
restrictions?
Here is why - because they have the money to pay for accountants and
lawyers to register, file reports, and respond to audits - and you and I
don't.

The property rights movement is people and volunteer driven, and not
financed by multimillion dollar foundation contributions. More regulations
don't have much of an effect on the Big Green environmental establishment,
but would be very damaging to the mom and pop grassroots property rights
movement.


ACTION ITEM:

Go to http://capwiz.com/acu/home/, which is the website of an allied
organization that supports property rights and access to public lands. The
program on their site makes it easy for you to contact both the news media
and your Member of Congress on this and other issues.

When you are on http://capwiz.com/acu/home/, click onto the headline
"OPPOSE Campaign Finance Free Speech Restrictions." Then follow the
program to send letters to news media outlets in your area. You can click
onto "Current Legislation" to send letters to your Member of Congress.

There is a draft letter already on the site which you can use or change in
any way you wish. The letter can be edited on the FINAL SCREEN before you
send it out.

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!! You must protect your freedom to speak out!
PLEASE go to http://capwiz.com/acu/home/ and click onto "OPPOSE Campaign
Finance Free Speech Restrictions."

Let the Letters to the Editor page and your Member of Congress know that
freedom of speech must be protected in America.

PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR ENTIRE LIST

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