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Citizens United Files New FOIA Lawsuit Against State Department

Washington, DC - Today, Citizens United filed a lawsuit to compel the Department of State to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) and release documents in response to four FOIA requests that Citizens United has filed.

"History taught us one thing about Hillary Clinton, it takes a court order for her to play by the same set of rules as everyone else,” said, David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “Last Friday, United States District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the release of documents relating to Hillary Clinton’s overseas travel while serving as Secretary of State. Today, we urge the District Court to compel the release of additional documents in response to FOIA requests that have gone unfilled for 10 months.”

On May 15, 2014 Citizens United filed a FOIA request for communications between Kris Balderston and Teneo Consulting founder Doug Band. The State Department, by law had twenty working days (June 13, 2014) to produce any and all responsive documents, unless they were subject to an exemption from FOIA.

On July 29, 2014 Citizens United filed three FOIA requests. The first request sought correspondence between Huma Abedin and Teneo Consulting officials. The second request sought correspondence between Cheryl Mills and officials at the Clinton Foundation. The third request sought correspondence between Huma Abedin and Clinton Foundation officials.

The State Department failed to produce any substantive response to Citizens United’s requests by the August 26, 2014 statutory deadline.

As of March 16, 2015 the State Department has failed to produce any records in response to these Citizens United FOIA requests. Citizens United’s only recourse is to ask the Court to compel the Department of State to comply with the law.


Former New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien to speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit

Greenville, SC – Today, Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan are pleased to announce that former House Speaker and New Hampshire Representative William O’Brien will speak at the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015.

“It is Citizens United’s pleasure to host former House Speaker O’Brien at our South Carolina Freedom Summit this coming May. With momentum and success from our previous Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines and New Hampshire Freedom Summit in Manchester, it is a fantastic opportunity to organize conservative leaders and supporters at this exciting grassroots event,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “This event is free of charge and focuses on how America can get back on the right path by highlighting guest speakers who will talk about economic growth, social conservatism, and a strong national defense. We look forward to former House Speaker O’Brien joining us and hearing his ideas on conservative fundamentals.”

“It is my absolute pleasure to join Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan for the South Carolina Freedom Summit on May 9th,” says former House Speaker O’Brien. “Now, more than ever, is the time to really set the path for 2016. It’s imperative and necessary for conservative leaders to express different ideas and solutions on conservative philosophy and leadership. After witnessing the great success from the previous Citizens United Freedom Summits, I am excited to participate in this grassroots experience.“

The summit will feature remarks from former House Speaker O’Brien and confirmed speakers Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center in Greenville. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future.

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Citizens United files FOIA request with State Department

Requesting former Secretary Clinton’s private schedules

Washington, D.C. –Today, Citizens United filed a FOIA request with the Department of State. The language of the request is below:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

According to public reporting, Secretary Hillary Clinton maintained a private schedule.1 During Secretary Clinton’s tenure, Lona Valmoro and Linda Dewan served as the Secretary’s schedulers.

The records I request can be described as follows:

Any and all records, in any format, that concern, mention, or reference a schedule, appointment, event, appearance, or any other anticipated commitment of presence or communication be it known by any other name, of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that was created by, sent by, and/or sent to, Secretary Clinton and/or the Secretary’s schedulers Lona Valmoro and/or Linda Dewan.

Where exemptions to the Freedom Of Information Act are discretionary, I ask you not withhold such records, even if they might qualify for withholding under the law. If you withhold any records as exempt, please redact the exempted portions and release the remainder of the records. Please release all reasonably segregable material. In any case where you withhold any records, please explain in writing any such denial.

Time Period: January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013

1. See, “The White House had instructed Hillary’s highly trusted personal scheduler, Lona Valmoro, to list only ‘meeting’ on the private schedule distributed to her aides. It was an unusual notation.” Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, HRC, Random House, 2015, p. 233


Congressman Steve King to speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit

Greenville, SC – Today, Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan are pleased to announce that Iowa Representative Steve King will speak at the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015.

“Citizens United is excited and honored to once again to have Congressman King join us for our South Carolina Freedom Summit this coming May. With momentum and success from our previous partnership at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines and then the New Hampshire Freedom Summit in Manchester, it has never been a better time to organize conservative leaders and supporters at this exciting grassroots event,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United “This is a free event, focusing on how America can get back on the right path by highlighting guest speakers who will talk about economic growth, social conservatism, and a strong national defense. We are eager to host Congressman King and look forward to his appearance and conservative ideas.”

“During the Iowa Freedom Summit, I mentioned that it is exactly the right time to bring our national leaders to Iowa to hear them cast a conservative vision for our Nation’s future,” said Congressman Steve King. “Now, we are coming together in South Carolina for conservatives around the nation to engage, evaluate leaders, and to further the conservative agenda. The South Carolina Freedom Summit will further energize conservatives and continue the caucus and primary season in earnest. I’m very glad to join Citizens United and Representative Jeff Duncan this unique opportunity in South Carolina this coming May.” Congressman King will speak with confirmed speakers Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center in Greenville. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future

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Governor Pataki to speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit

Greenville, SC – Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan are pleased to announce that Governor George Pataki will speak at the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015.

“Citizens United is excited and honored to have Governor Pataki join us for our South Carolina Freedom Summit this coming May. With momentum and success from our previous Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines and New Hampshire Freedom Summit in Manchester, it has never been a better time to organize conservative leaders and supporters at this exciting grassroots event,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United “This is a free event, focusing on how America can get back on the right path by highlighting guest speakers who will talk about economic growth, social conservatism, and a strong national defense. We are excited to host Governor Pataki and look forward to his ideas on conservative principles.”

“It’s an honor to be invited to the Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan South Carolina Freedom Summit on May 9th,” says Governor Pataki. “From an expansive federal government to a ‘lead from behind’ dangerous foreign policy, it’s high noon for American freedom. Leading up to 2016, it’s important for potential candidates to articulate how conservative policies and leadership will set our nation back on the right track. After seeing the tremendous success of previous Citizens United Freedom Summits, I look forward to this grassroots experience and speaking directly to the great people of South Carolina.”

The summit will feature remarks from Governor Pataki and confirmed speakers Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center in Greenville. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future.

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Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan Announce South Carolina Freedom Summit

Greenville, SC – Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan will host the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015. The summit will feature remarks from Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future.

“Citizens United is excited to join Congressman Jeff Duncan to bring the Freedom Summit series to Greenville, South Carolina. The South Carolina Freedom Summit will build on the successes of our previous Freedom Summits in Iowa and New Hampshire." said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “This is a free event bringing together grassroots conservatives and national leaders to highlight their vision of economic growth, social conservatism, and a strong national security.”

“Our strength and foundation lies in conservative policies. Coming off of the 2014 midterm elections, right now is the best time to gather our national leaders in South Carolina to hear their ideas for the future of our nation,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan. “ The South Carolina Freedom Summit is a great opportunity to bring informed, engaged, and active members of the conservative movement together and begin evaluating potential leaders for the coming election in 2016. I’m very excited and grateful to partner with Citizens United and David Bossie to bring this unique and enjoyable experience to the great people of South Carolina this May.”

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Bossie: Omnibus Rider On Campaign Finance Only Strengthens Washington Establishment

Washington, DC –Citizens United President David N. Bossie made the following statement in regard to the campaign finance Omnibus rider that boosts party committees and not other hard dollar Political Action Committees (PACs).

“What Congressional Leaders are doing is what they do best; protecting incumbents and the two-party system. The Omnibus rider will only strengthen the Washington Establishment in both parties and not create a level playing field for candidates who are outside the beltway.

“Citizens United v. FEC, eliminated limits for independent speech, but did not address limits on contributions to candidates, party committees, or hard dollar political action committees. The contribution limits for those entities remained in place. The Omnibus rider provides additional funding sources to party committees, but fails to address contribution limits to traditional political committees or candidates. Individual limits increase every two years with inflation, however the $5,000 hard dollar PAC limit has not increased in nearly 40 years. These limits should be raised to more realistic levels so these candidates and committees can more effectively make their voices heard.

“The party committees exist to protect incumbents. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee have made clear their mission is reelecting their own. They differ from organizations like Citizens United Political Victory Fund which make a habit of championing true conservative candidates, even if it means taking on currently elected members of the Establishment.”


Citizens United Files FOIA Lawsuit Against State Department

Washington, DC – Today, Citizens United filed a FOIA lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States State Department.

“As Citizens United conducts pre-production research for the sequel to Hillary The Movie, the State Department has stonewalled our request for public records on official taxpayer-funded travel overseas,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “The American people have a right to know who accompanied Secretary Clinton on these trips. Were there any big political contributors to previous or future Clinton campaigns on board? Were there any Clinton Foundation financial supporters on board? These are important questions that need to be answered, especially considering the allegations that arose regarding Commerce Department trade missions during the Clinton Administration in the 1990s.”

Timeline Of How We Got To This Point:


• On May 13, 2014 Citizens United filed a FOIA request with the Air Force District of Washington requesting passenger manifests and mission expense records for Special Air Mission flights of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
• On May 22, 2014 the Air Force District of Washington notified Citizens United that it did not have any responsive records and was transferring the request to the Air Mobility Command.
• Air Mobility Command notified Citizens United on June 2, 2014 that it had “no records” pertaining to the manifests or expense records for Secretary Clinton’s Special Air Mission flights. Following an appeal from Citizens United the Air Mobility Command explained that it did “conduct a thorough search for responsive records” but that “[n]o mission expense records were located, and the Air Force does not keep a copy of the manifest once a flight is completed.”
• On July 15, 2014 Citizens United filed a FOIA request with the State Department requesting the passenger manifests and mission expense records that the Air Force had failed to keep records of. The Air Force had suggested to Citizens United that such records should be requested from the State Department.
• The State Department, by law, had until August 12, 2014 to produce any and all responsive documents, unless they were subject to an exemption from FOIA.
• As of December 9, 2014 the State Department has yet to provide any documents, or provide any information as to when they may comply with Citizens United’s FOIA request.
• Because the State Department has failed to comply with FOIA, Citizens United’s next step is to file a lawsuit to compel production of the documents.

Governor Chris Christie To Speak At The Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on January 24th

Des Moines, IA – Citizens United President David N. Bossie and Congressman Steve King today announce that Governor Chris Christie will join the inaugural “Iowa Freedom Summit” in Des Moines on Saturday, January 24th. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman-Elect Rod Blum have been also confirmed as speakers. The Summit will also feature remarks from Governor Sarah Palin; Dr. Ben Carson; Former Speaker Newt Gingrich; Senator Ted Cruz; Governor Mike Huckabee; Senator Rick Santorum; Senator Mike Lee; Representative Marsha Blackburn; Ambassador John Bolton; and Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Additional speakers will be announced in the near future. For more information, please visit: www.IowaFreedomSummit.com

WHO: Governor Chris Christie; Governor Sarah Palin; Senator Ted Cruz; Governor Mike Huckabee; Senator Rick Santorum; Senator Charles Grassley; Senator Mike Lee; Representative Marsha Blackburn; Former Speaker Newt Gingrich; Dr. Ben Carson; Ambassador John Bolton; Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; and Congressman-Elect Rod Blum

WHAT: Citizens United and Congressman Steve King Inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit

WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 2015

WHERE: The Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309


Former Vice Presidential Nominee Governor Sarah Palin To Speak At The Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines on January 24th

Des Moines, IA – Citizens United President David N. Bossie and Congressman Steve King today announce that Governor Sarah Palin will join the inaugural “Iowa Freedom Summit” in Des Moines on Saturday, January 24th. With the Iowa Caucuses only a year away, the Summit will be a launching point for conservative ideas as we head towards 2016. The Summit will also feature remarks from Dr. Ben Carson; Speaker Newt Gingrich; Senator Ted Cruz; Governor Mike Huckabee; Senator Rick Santorum; Senator Mike Lee; Representative Marsha Blackburn; Ambassador John Bolton; and Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Additional speakers will be announced in the near future. For more information, please visit: www.IowaFreedomSummit.com

WHO: Governor Sarah Palin; Senator Ted Cruz; Governor Mike Huckabee; Senator Rick Santorum; Senator Mike Lee; Representative Marsha Blackburn; Former Speaker Newt Gingrich; Dr. Ben Carson; Ambassador John Bolton; and Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

WHAT: Citizens United and Congressman Steve King Inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit

WHEN: Saturday, January 24, 2015

WHERE: The Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309


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