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THE DAILY SIGNAL: Congressmen, Conservative Groups Defend Eagle Forum From Justice Department’s ‘Chilling’ Subpoena

All six Republicans representing Alabama in the U.S. House signed on to a legal brief opposing the Justice Department’s broad subpoena of records from a small conservative group in their state, Eagle Forum of Alabama. 

The friend of the court brief, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, also includes six Alabama state legislators and more than 50 organizations, most of them conservative.

Among those groups: Judicial Watch, Citizens United, Concerned Women for America, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Foundation for Government Accountability, the Manhattan Institute, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Daily Signal reported Sept. 12 that the Justice Department is seeking documents from Eagle Forum of Alabama going back five years as part of a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law that prohibits sex-change treatments for minors.

The GOP members of Alabama’s U.S. House delegation opposing the Justice Department’s action against Eagle Forum are Reps. Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Jerry Carl, Barry Moore, Gary Palmer, and Mike Rogers. (Rep. Terri Sewell, Alabama’s seventh representative, is a Democrat.)

The six House Republicans from Alabama also sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday, asking him to explain the Justice Department’s constitutional authority for pursuing documents from Eagle Forum and to show that the agency is not acting in an arbitrary, political manner.

“Eagle Forum of Alabama is an outstanding organization that represents the values of thousands of Alabamians. To have their First Amendment rights infringed upon by the Department of Justice is disrespectful to our Constitution,” Palmer, chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, said in a prepared statement, adding:

"Constitutional protections should not be dictated by the political views of individuals in the White House or their appointee. Attorney General Merrick Garland owes an explanation for the motives behind this aggressive action against an organization simply petitioning the government on an issue important to them."

Earlier this year, the Biden Justice Department sued the state of Alabama over the law against sex-change surgery and other medical treatment for minors. In August, the department subpoenaed documents from Eagle Forum of Alabama—which isn’t a party to the court case—regarding its interactions with lawmakers and other advocacy.

Individuals who signed on to the court brief include Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department attorney who is a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, parent organization of The Daily Signal.

“This is an outrageous attempt by the Justice Department to try to intimidate citizens engaging in everyday, routine activity on issues important to them,” von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal. “The reason the Justice Department is doing this is because this is a particular view they want to silence.”

The friend of the court brief calls the Justice Department subpoena of Eagle Forum a “transparent and flagrant violation of the First Amendment.”

The friend of the court, or amici curiae, brief reads in part:

"Amici comprise a wide range of organizations and individuals, from nonprofit policy groups, to federal and state legislators, to individual citizens. Their interests and goals vary. But all agree that the United States’ subpoena in this case is a transparent use of the civil litigation process to chill the speech and political organizing of those who hold views contrary to those of the United States and the Department of Justice.

The subpoena harms not just members of the public across all ideological and political spectra, who will be inhibited from open discourse and petitioning, but also legislators themselves, who benefit from hearing from their constituents without those citizens fearing subsequent federal investigations seeking reams of protected materials."

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to The Daily Signal’s inquiries for this report.

“The department is full of radical bureaucrats and has even been sanctioned by federal courts for colluding with leftist groups,” J. Christian Adams, president of Public Interest Legal Foundation, said in a public statement. “In America, the government cannot target groups who oppose their political beliefs and that is exactly what the DOJ has done here.”

A weaponized Justice Department is targeting political enemies of the Biden administration, said Tarren Bragdon, president of the Foundation for Government Accountability.

“The Biden administration has launched an intimidation campaign against a small nonprofit group that has only one full-time employee,” Bragdon said in a public statement defending Eagle Forum of Alabama. “This is an effort to force the organization to exhaust its limited resources defending itself against the full force of the federal government.”


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WALL STREET JOURNAL: DAVID BOSSIE: Zuckerberg, Biden and Running Up the Score in the Blue States

Regarding your editorial “More Pennsylvania Election Follies” (July 18): So-called Zuckerbucks—grants to local election offices by nonprofits tied to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg —flowed not only to battleground states such as Pennsylvania to help President Biden in the Electoral College, but also to deep-blue urban areas like New York, Dallas and Los Angeles to supercharge Mr. Biden’s popular-vote tally.

One Zuckerberg-funded group sent 92% of its grants of $400,000 or more to jurisdictions carried by Mr. Biden, for a total of $272 million. That’s a political strategy, not proof of altruistic philanthropy or “a waste in any conspiracy to help Joe Biden.”

I agree, however, that banning private money from funding the administration of our elections is a very good thing. That’s why since 2020 more than half the state legislatures in the country have passed laws that ban or restrict the practice in future elections.

David N. Bossie

President, Citizens United

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WESTERN JOURNAL: Zuckerberg's Election Interference Was So Bad Even the NYT Warned About It 39 Days Before the Election

When Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave almost $400 million to election efforts in 2020, he billed it as a non-partisan donation. Yet one of the groups he gave the most money to was partisan at its core.

“Rigged” is a bombshell new documentary that exposes Zuckerberg’s plot to influence the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden. Get your copy here today.

Zuckerberg donated more than $328 million to an election group called the Center for Tech and Civic Life. This organization was founded by partisan Democrats.

In the film, Citizens United President David Bossie revealed CTCL was founded by Tiana Epps-Johnson, who is also a fellow at the Obama Foundation.

The foundation is run by former President Barack Obama, a notorious leftist. The fact that Biden also served as Obama’s vice president makes Epps-Johnson’s association with the Obama Foundation a blatant conflict of interest.

Donny Bridges co-founded CTCL alongside Epps-Johnson, Bossie said. He previously worked with the New Organizing Institute, which Bossie described as “a progressive group training digital organizers and campaign operatives for liberal political causes.”

According to the film, The Washington Post dubbed the New Organizing Institute “the Democratic party’s Hogwarts of digital wizardry” in 2014.

Both Epps-Johnson and Bridges are Democrats, and they had vested interests in helping Biden win. Nonetheless, Zuckerberg gave their organization hundreds of millions of dollars in the name of expanding election access.

If you want to see exactly how Zuckerberg helped Biden win in 2020, buy “Rigged” here right now.

“These groups were filled with battle-hardened activists, but now everyone was supposed to believe they had suddenly become non-partisan in 2020,” Bossie said.

Prior to the election, establishment media outlets were already reporting on Zuckerberg’s election funding. The New York Times cast doubt on Zuckerberg’s motives in a Sept. 25, 2020 article, just 39 days before the election.

“[I]t is unusual for elections to be subsidized by nongovernment funding at this level, but also because most of the cash is coming from nonprofit groups that have liberal ties, and the biggest sources of the cash, Mr. Zuckerberg, has drawn fire from across the political spectrum,” the Times reported in an article cited in “Rigged.”

Given the Times’ tendency to side with Democrats, this line was as close to a criticism of the left as the outlet will ever publish.

If even the Times was admitting Zuckerberg’s plan was questionable, the Republican Party should have been able to challenge him and even win. Sadly, that did not happen, and Zuckerberg was successful in influencing the election.

The good news is that thanks to films like “Rigged,” it will be much harder for people like Zuckerberg to get away with this nonsense in the future. Zuckerberg himself apparently knows this, as a spokesperson announced he would not make similar donations in 2022.

In order to stop corruption, American voters need to be educated about it. You can learn how to stop people like Zuckerberg right now when you buy “Rigged” here.


BREITBART: DirecTV Reportedly Refused to Air Advertising for ‘Rigged’ Documentary: ‘Woke Political Censorship,’ Says Citizens United

DirectTV reportedly refused to air advertising for the Citizens United documentary Rigged: The Zuckerberg-Funded Plot to Defeat Donald Trump, Breitbart News has learned.

The refusal is detailed in an April 15 letter to Michael Hartman, who is the General Counsel and Chief External Affairs Officer at DirecTV.

According to Michael Boos, Vice President & General Counsel at Citizens United, Citizens United Foundation learned on April 5 that DirecTV would not run advertising for the documentary, which details just how Mark Zuckerberg spent $400 million for 2020 election efforts to quash former President Trump and bolster then-candidate Joe Biden. According to Boos, the DirecTV failed to give an adequate answer as to why it was rejecting the ad.

“When the account representative for the media buy firm inquired as to why, the only explanation given was that the company’s standards and practices department ‘isn’t client facing,’” he wrote, blasting the lack of justification as a “red flag,” which suggests that the ad’s rejection “was a blatant act of censorship” rather than a legitimate exercise.

Boos emphasized that Citizens United is “extremely troubled” by DirecTV’s refusal to air the advertising, as well as the company’s refusal to “engage us on the justification for this adverse decision.”

“The lack of an explanation leads us to believe the decision is a blatant act of woke political censorship by a company exercising near monopolistic power,” he wrote.

Boos continued, explaining the premise of Rigged, which traces the $400 million Zuckerberg spent on the 2020 election to tip the scales in Biden’s favor via cash flowing to a pair of non-profit organizations, as Breitbart News has detailed at length:

Specifically, the documentary “traces the river of cash flowing from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to a pair of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR).” Interestingly, the Chan Zuckerberg Institute happens to involve a number of well-connected Democrat players, including former President Obama’s former campaign manager, David Plouffe, whom a press release describes as the institute’s “Strategist in Residence.” Joel Benenson, the chief strategist for twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, also conveniently served as an adviser at the institute.

The CTCL, which received roughly $328 million in Zuckerberg money, awarded about 2,500 grants around the country. And while Zuckerberg’s team claims that Trump areas were awarded more money than Biden areas, the documentary explains how that assertion is “enormously, and perhaps purposely, misleading, because of the approximately 160 grants of $400,000 or more – totaling some $270 million – an incredible 92 percent of those funds went to jurisdictions carried by Joe Biden in 2020.”

As Breitbart News detailed consistently throughout the election year, Democrats used the Chinese coronavirus pandemic to usher in new voting rules under the guise of public safety, and that is exactly what “Zuck Bucks” operated under as well, as the grants were purportedly designed to assist with the “safe administration of public elections” throughout the pandemic. In other words, this money rushed to Democrat strongholds, as well as key swing areas, under the guise of addressing pandemic needs. Yet, that is not what they really intended it to do.

“Rigged is a legitimate contribution to the debate over the role that a billionaire’s money played in influencing the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and whether public funding of election administration should be allowed,” Boos continued, noting that the film has already had an enormous impact, as the tech billionaire announced he “will not provide similar funding in the future elections and CTCL has promised not to engage in similar spending in the 2022 mid-term elections.”

Citizens United President David Bossie celebrated this decision earlier this month during an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday, noting that Zuckerberg already threw his hands up “in surrender.” However, he warned that the battle still is not over.

Boos pointed out that Facebook allows the Rigged ads — an “ultimate” irony — “while DirecTV and other media entities seek to censor them.” He ultimately wants Citizens United Foundation and its sister organization, Citizens United, to “use all means at their disposal, whether they be legislative, regulatory, judicial or rallying the public in the court of public opinion to challenge and undo DirecTV’s woke censorship policy.”

People can watch the film at www.Rigged2020.com.


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