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Free All Speech Act – S. 2416

AMAC is pleased to indicate support for S. 2416, the “Free All Speech Act.” Introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) earlier this week, this important piece of legislation seeks to preserve and protect Americans’ First Amendment rights from overregulation by the Federal government. While some in Congress continuously search for new ways to attack and abridge individuals’ constitutional freedoms and liberties, this bill takes steps to ensure that certain politically favored groups – such as media corporations – adhere to specific speech-restrictive legislation if passed. Thus, S. 2416 guarantees that the same speech restrictions with which citizens may be forced to comply are applied in equal force to media corporations. AMAC remains vigorously committed to defending Americans’ constitutional rights and to seeing that individuals receive the same legal protections as that of the press. AMAC will always stand in defense of the First Amendment and is proud to have an opportunity to do so today by supporting the “Free All Speech Act.”

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June 3rd, 2014

The Honorable Ted Cruz
U.S. Senate
185 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Cruz,

On behalf of the 1.2 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, including more than 115,000 members in Texas, I am writing to offer support to S. 2416, the “Free All Speech Act.”  This significant piece of legislation seeks to preserve and protect Americans’ First Amendment rights from overregulation by the Federal government.

In the Senate, a constitutional amendment has been proposed that would give Congress the authority to regulate political speech; this includes the “raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to Federal elections.”  If adopted, an amendment of this kind would impart absolute, unlimited power to Congress to control – and to even ban – the speech of both individuals and corporations.  Thus, any political speech at odds with the beliefs and opinions of the Congressional Majority could potentially be prohibited and suppressed.  AMAC believes this proposed amendment threatens the fundamental freedoms on which our country was founded and that it stands in stark opposition to the Founders’ intentions with regard to the First Amendment.

Recognizing the danger this amendment poses to Americans’ freedoms, the “Free All Speech Act” takes appropriate steps to counter the proposed regulatory legislation by ensuring that certain politically favored groups – such as media corporations – are not exempted from the same speech restrictions with which citizens will be forced to comply.  Specifically, this bill would require that all restrictions on individuals’ political speech also be applied in equal force to media corporations.  In addition, if legislation is rendered unconstitutional as applied to media corporations, then it shall carry no force when applied to individuals.  AMAC agrees that individuals’ and corporations’ speech deserves the same legal protections as that of the press and that the “Free All Speech Act” is essential to preserving a free society.

While some in Congress continuously search for new ways to attack and abridge individuals’ freedoms and liberties, AMAC remains committed to vigorously defending Americans’ constitutional rights.  Thanks to your attention for this significant issue, your dedication to limited government, and your concern for both the American people and the Constitution, AMAC is pleased to support S. 2416, the “Free All Speech Act.”

Sincerely,
Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC


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Michael Lewis
8 years ago

Lois Lerner worked at the Federal Election Commission prior to the IRS and concerns about our 1st Amendment rights should begin with that agency. After Watergate, to protect citizens from the appearance of corruption. the Federal Campaign Act created regulated and unregulated participation in the political process. Citizens and groups were regulated and main stream media corporations were unregulated creating a State approved press.

But the 1st Amendment does not grant freedom of speech, press, assembly and petition according to occupation. Equal protecton of the law demands that freemdom to participate in politics be restored to all. A newspaper is an exmple of freedom of the press and not its definition.

Freedoms of speech, press and assembly are inalienable rights not privileges. The 1st Amendment does not say unless you assemble as for-profit, non-profit, church, political party, media Corporation or unincorporated group. The 1st Amendment does not limit how much you can spend as an individual or like minded group or require reporting donations and expenditures to the Federal government. The 1st Amendment does not say candidates give up the right to associate with or coordinate with like minded citizens or groups.

It would be poetic and fitting if Obama’s IRSGATE restored freedoms to the electorate stolen from them by Nixon’s Watergate.And Senator Ted Cruz has written a bill to do just that:

Call your Senators and demand they co-sponsor and vote for Ted Cruz’ “Free All Speech Act of 2014”:

S.2416 – Free All Speech Act of 2014

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