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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.”


FOX BUSINESS: US back to ‘Jimmy Carter economic policies’ as inflation rages, David Bossie says

During his appearance on "Varney & Co." Thursday, Citizens United President David Bossie sounded the alarm on the inflation woes plaguing Americans, arguing the country is back to "Jimmy Carter economic policies" due to Biden's agenda. 

DAVID BOSSIE: We're going to see high, high unemployment. We're going to see interest rates for a very long time go up. And that's the pain that Powell was talking about, or we're going to see this incredible recession. And I think we're going to see a little bit of both. We're back to Jimmy Carter economic policies.

We're back to Jimmy Carter in numbers. And this is going to be a long time, we're going to see this for several years to come. And if we don't get it corrected this November, you know, with the with a policy change in the House of Representatives, we're going to be in this for a very, very long time.

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DAVID BOSSIE ON THE SARA CARTER PODCAST

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They also discuss what message the GOP should be focused on over these final two months, why the skyrocketing rate of violent crime needs to be front and center and whether Trump will actually run again in 2024.


FOX NEWS: DAVID BOSSIE: Republicans shouldn't be distracted by Biden's political rhetoric

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REAL CLEAR POLITICS: Media Exaggerates Democrat Election Chances

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JUST THE NEWS: President of Citizens United slams Biden for labeling those who didn't vote for him 'semi-fascist'

Citizens United President Dave Bossie called out President Joe Biden on "Just the News, Not Noise," for calling those who voted for Donald Trump "semi-fascist."

"Joe Biden's out there calling every Republican in the country and the 75 million people who voted for Donald Trump semi-fascist," said Bossie. "This is a disgusting display of partisanship from a guy who got elected by claiming he was going to be a uniter."

Bossie said that the Republicans' response to this should be to get out and vote in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections to stop the "left-wing onslaught."

"In order for America to recover, we have to have Republicans elected this November," Bossie stated.

Bossie explained that Republicans need to get their messaging across for the midterms and get votes to take back some control.

"Republicans better return to message very, very quickly," Bossie warned. "Your average American doesn't pay attention to elections until post Labor Day. But we have plenty of time."

Bossie believes the Inflation Reduction Act will backfire on Biden in the upcoming midterms.

"This lunacy that Joe Biden has pushed, is not going to help anything," Bossie said in reference to the Inflation Reduction Act. "If anything, it's going to harm the economy."

Bossie explained that another mistake Biden is making is demonizing the MAGA movement.

MAGA just means "Make America Great Again," Bossie explained. "And that's what the Democrats don't want. They hate America. They don't want America to be great again. They want to fundamentally transform America into a socialist nation."


JUST THE NEWS: Citizens United sues Biden admin for records on election executive order

Citizens United filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department and the Interior Department for records relating to President Joe Biden's "Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting."

The conservative nonprofit submitted a FOIA request to the agencies on June 16 but did not receive a response within 20 working days as required, Citizens United stated.

The group on Thursday said the lawsuit seeks "records relating to Biden's Democrat Voter Turnout Executive Order that politicizes the federal workforce and is a blatant abuse of power that needs much more transparency."

Citizens United is concerned that the Biden administration may have violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch employees from engaging in certain types of political activity, through the executive order.

"These records should provide the answer," Citizens United President David Bossie told The Federalist.

The executive order, which was criticized by Republicans, directed all federal agencies to work on expanding voter registration and participation.

"Citizens United filed these FOIA lawsuits against the Interior & State Departments because Joe Biden’s executive order on voting amounts to a Democrat turnout effort that politicizes the federal workforce and is a blatant abuse of power," Bossie said. "This issue deserves far more transparency and that’s why we’re demanding these records be released to the American people."


THE FEDERALIST: Citizens United Sues Biden Administration Over Election-Takeover Documents

Citizens United filed two lawsuits this week against the Department of Interior and Department of State for failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records requests regarding the White House’s attempt to federalize elections.

The nonprofit submitted FOIA requests in June, but both agencies failed to respond (federal law requires FOIA requests to be responded to within 20 working days). The requests sought email and text messages from both agencies that mentioned President Biden’s Promoting Access to Voting executive order and the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits executive branch employees from engaging in election activities.

“The Biden Administration may have violated the Hatch Act and these records should provide the answer,” Citizens United President David N. Bossie told The Federalist.

As previously reported by The Federalist, Biden’s executive order directs all 600 federal agencies to become voter registration agencies and organize voter outreach efforts. It allows such agencies — including ones that dole out federal benefits —to work with leftwing get-out-the-vote groups.

Government watchdogs and Congressional Republicans are worried Biden’s EO is a scheme to mobilize the federal bureaucracy to drive Democratic voter registration and turnout, swinging elections in favor of Democrats — particularly as the 2022 midterms loom.

“Citizens United filed these FOIA lawsuits against the Interior & State Departments because Joe Biden’s executive order on voting amounts to a Democrat turnout effort that politicizes the federal workforce and is a blatant abuse of power,” Bossie said. “This issue deserves far more transparency and that’s why we’re demanding these records be released to the American people.”

In addition to Citizens United, the Foundation for Government Accountability, the American Accountability Foundation, and the Center for Renewing America have all filed lawsuits against the Biden administration for failing to comply with FOIA requests surrounding the executive order. A federal judge ruled in July that the Biden DOJ must comply with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s FOIA request before the 2022 midterms.

Citizens United’s lawsuits come after 15 secretaries of state wrote a letter to Biden urging him to rescind the executive order on grounds of unconstitutionality.


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