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Bossie: “We Will Appeal This Decision To Preserve Our First Amendment Rights”

Washington, DC -- Citizens United President David N. Bossie released the following statement after Citizens United was denied a preliminary injunction in Citizens United v. Gessler:

“We are disappointed by the district court’s decision denying our motion for a preliminary injunction, which leaves in place Colorado’s discriminatory disclosure and disclaimer requirements. As we did in Citizens United v. FEC - where we lost at the trial court - we will appeal this decision to preserve our First Amendment rights. The Supreme Court has repeatedly made clear that it is unconstitutional to discriminate among speakers based on their status, viewpoint, identity, or message. Colorado’s disclosure and disclaimer requirements cannot be reconciled with this settled First Amendment principle because those requirements burden the speech of Citizens United but do not apply to the traditional print and broadcast media.

“In Citizens United, the Supreme Court stated: ‘We have consistently rejected the proposition that the institutional press has any constitutional privilege beyond that of other speakers.’ Yet, Colorado exempts the institutional news media from its burdensome campaign finance disclosure regime, while denying Citizens United a similar exemption for its upcoming documentary film, Rocky Mountain Heist. Citizens United has a First Amendment right to produce and promote Rocky Mountain Heist on an equal footing with newspapers, television broadcasters, and radio stations. We plan to pursue an immediate appeal to the Tenth Circuit so that Coloradoans can view this important film and Citizens United can exercise its First Amendment freedoms unencumbered by the burdens of Colorado’s discriminatory disclosure requirements.

“I look forward to watching former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson spearhead this important constitutional case as we go forward with our appeal.”

Bossie: “The First Amendment Is Preserved Yet Again”

Washington, DC -- Citizens United President David N. Bossie released the following statement following the defeat of S.J. Res. 19, a proposed constitutional amendment by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico that would have overturned the landmark Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC.

“The First Amendment is preserved yet again, ensuring all Americans are able to exercise their right of free political speech,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “As the nation mourns the thirteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and with ISIS on the march, Senate Democrats continue their losing battle in stripping away the rights for all Americans to participate in the electoral process. The Supreme Court ruled nearly five years ago in Citizens United v. FEC that this type of incumbency power grab cannot and will not stand. Citizens United appreciates all the U.S. Senators who stood up to preserve the First Amendment today, as Harry Reid and his Democrat colleagues voted to tamper with our Constitutional rights.”

Citizens United Files Lawsuit Against Colorado Secretary of State

Washington, DC – Citizens United has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler which challenges the application of Colorado’s campaign finance regulatory regime to the documentary film, Rocky Mountain Heist. Citizens United is currently in production with plans to release the film this fall. A summary of the lawsuit can be found here.

“We filed this lawsuit to vindicate Citizens United’s First Amendment right to engage in political expression and media activities on the same terms as other media entities,” said Theodore B. Olson, former U.S. Solicitor General and attorney for Citizens United. “Colorado’s campaign-finance laws impose burdensome reporting and disclosure requirements on Citizens United and other speakers engaged in political discourse in the weeks preceding an election, unless the speakers happen to own a newspaper, magazine, or radio or television station. Such discrimination in favor of selected media and against other media is impossible to reconcile with the First Amendment, which guarantees all Americans the right to engage in open and robust political expression on equal terms.”

“Colorado state law smacks in the face the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC and Citizens United is dedicated to continue to fight for all Americans’ First Amendment rights,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “Colorado’s campaign finance laws are infringing on our basic rights as Americans. We had no other option than to file this lawsuit because we want to distribute our latest documentary, Rocky Mountain Heist, to Coloradans without being saddled by burdensome Colorado state law.”

Citizens United Launches WebVideo Calling On President Obama To Deploy The National Guard To The Southern Border

Washington, DC -- Citizens United launched a video today calling on President Obama to deploy the National Guard to the Southern border. View the video here.

“President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are in complete denial when it comes to the illegal immigration crisis on the Southern border,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “The National Guard must be deployed to work with the U.S. Border Patrol to help secure the border immediately. America is a nation of laws, and existing immigration laws need to be enforced if America is to remain a sovereign nation.”

The FAMiLY LEADER Announces Citizens United as National Partner for The Family Leadership Summit

Urbandale, IOWA – Senator Ted Cruz, former Governor Mike Huckabee, and Senator Tim Scott are newly confirmed speakers for The Family Leadership Summit, scheduled for August 9 at Stephens Auditorium on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, IA.

Other confirmed speakers include David and Jason Benham, Governor Terry Branstad, Pastor Rafael Cruz, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, New York Times best-selling author Joel Rosenberg, and former Senator Rick Santorum. Additional press releases will be sent as speakers are confirmed.

The FAMiLY LEADER announces the addition of Citizens United as an official national partner of The 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit. Earlier this week, the Family Research Council Action joined with The FAMiLY LEADER as national partner.

“It is a great honor to again partner with THE FAMiLY LEADER to bring this important summit to the grassroots of Iowa,” said David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United. “The Family Leadership Summit is a must-attend annual event for both national and Iowa leaders to rally the conservative movement around our shared principles of pro-family values. I am looking forward to working with Bob Vander Plaats to ensure this is another great event that Iowans can be proud of.”

Bob Vander Plaats, president & CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER, said, “We are thrilled that Citizens United is joining with us for the third straight year of the Summit. We appreciate their willingness to come to Iowa to inspire and motivate conservatives in the heartland of America.” He added, “I’m extremely excited to learn about the participation of Governor Huckabee, Senator Cruz, and Senator Scott, adding to our already well-known line up of speakers. Conservatives won’t want to miss this day!”

The purpose of The FAMiLY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is to educate and mobilize the conservative base regarding worldview application and issues that impact the family. The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to hear top conservative national leaders, gathered in one place, cast their leadership vision.

Last year’s Summit processed 2,000 tickets, credentialed 80+ state/national media, and received a great deal of national media coverage including live remote broadcasts by both NBC and ABC. At TFL’s 1st Annual Family Leadership Summit in 2012, they sold out its 1,000 seat capacity auditorium and were blessed to conclude the event with Governor Huckabee doing his FOX News weekend show, Huckabee, live from the Summit.

Bossie: Colorado Infringing On Citizens United’s First Amendment Rights

Washington, DC -- Citizens United President David N. Bossie released the following statement concerning the decision of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office determining that Citizens United’s forth coming documentary film does not fall within the scope of the campaign finance law’s exemptions for the news media and ordinary business activity.

“Although we are disappointed with the decision, this is not the first time a ruling has not gone our way and we ultimately prevailed with that case at the United States Supreme Court,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “The decision states the Secretary of State’s Office is hamstrung by the Colorado courts, which have instructed that office to disregard the commands of the First Amendment in construing Colorado’s campaign finance law. With this decision it is my core belief that the State of Colorado is infringing on Citizens United’s First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. All options are on the table as we evaluate.”

Citizens United Files Suit Against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Washington, DC -- Citizens United President David N. Bossie released the following statement in regards to a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. You can read a summary of the case here.

“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s constitutional overreach needs to be addressed in a court of law,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “The First Amendment is under attack by the New York Attorney General and, as we did with the Federal Election Commission, Citizens United will fight for our rights set forth by the U.S. Constitution. With Don McGahn, who was the former FEC Chairman, as our lead attorney – I have full faith that we will prevail and right this injustice foisted upon Americans by the New York Attorney General.”

The lawsuit challenges Schneiderman’s demand that Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation file unredacted copies of their confidential lists of donors with the New York State Charities Bureau, as requirement for lawful solicitation of contributions for charitable purposes in New York. More specifically, the suit challenges Schneiderman’s interpretation of a state regulation, which he contends requires non-profit organizations soliciting contributions in New York to file a complete copy of their IRS Form 990 Schedule B, which lists the names, addresses and contribution amounts of top donors.

Bossie: “This Shameful Attempt To Alter The U.S. Constitution To Protect Incumbency Will Go Down In Flames”

Washington, DC -- Citizens United President David N. Bossie released the following statement on the news today that the United States Senate will be bringing up a Constitutional Amendment that would stifle free political speech and go against the First Amendment principles set forth in Citizens United vs. FEC:

“As with the failure of the DISCLOSE Act in 2010, this shameful attempt to alter the United States Constitution to protect incumbency will go down in flames,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “With recent polls coming out showing that Democrats in Congress face another huge midterm loss, it is not surprising that they would go back to their bag of tricks and try to defeat Citizens United and free speech. This latest attempt is laughable, Senate Democrats should focus on creating jobs not infringing on every Americans First Amendment rights.”

Citizens United Calls On IRS To Abolish All Restrictions on 501(c)(4) Political Spending

Washington, DC -- Citizens United filed comprehensive comments opposing the oppressive regulations proposed by President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service. You can view the full filing here. You can also view an outline of the filing here.

“The ongoing IRS scandal first reported last year does not give President Obama’s IRS the authority to change the rules to justify the initial crime,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “These comments call on the IRS to lift ALL restrictions concerning 501(c)(4) spending so that political speech is not hindered by an overbearing governmental agency that employs Nixonian tactics against the American people.

“Ever since Citizens United’s landmark victory for free speech at the U.S. Supreme Court, President Obama’s stated goal has always been to use every lever of government to thwart political speech. From the failed attempts to pass the DISCLOSE Act, to now using the IRS like a Chicago political hit squad, President Obama and other liberals want to chill the First Amendment so that any dissenting views to the Obama agenda are snuffed out. As we have done in the past in Citizens United v. FEC, Citizens United is prepared to litigate any rules changes that infringes on the rights of Americans to speak freely about the political process.”

Senator Ted Cruz To Speak At The Inaugural Freedom Summit in Manchester on April 12th

Manchester, NH – Citizens United and Americans for Prosperity Foundation announce that Senator Ted Cruz will speak at the inaugural “Freedom Summit” in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday, April 12. The Summit has already sold out with a waitlist still accepting grassroots activists. The Freedom Summit will also feature remarks from Senator Rand Paul; Senator Mike Lee; Governor Mike Huckabee; Speaker Newt Gingrich; Representative Marsha Blackburn; Mr. Donald Trump; AEI President Arthur Brooks. The Summit will take place at the Executive Court. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future. For more information, please visit: www.NHFreedomSummit.com

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