Taking advantage of the opportunity of an out of town guest speaker who was in San Antonio for another event (and in spite of surgery) our energetic membership chair, Gil Robinson, pulled together a stellar meeting.
The president of Center for Competitive Politics, Sean Parnell was brimming over with pertinent information on First Amendment battles. The mission of the Center for Competitive Politics addresses challenges to political speech, assembly and petition. Though the Center is non partisan, libertarian's interests are closely aligned.
The right to speech of all types, but certainly political speech has suffered greatly in recent years. The right to political speech, assembly and petition appear many times, to libertarians, to be ignored or even denied. Too often libertarians notice the other parties and groups who should be defending these important rights, are trying to negate them. Mislabeled causes, such as the "Fairness Doctrine" are supported by people who have not analyzed the issues and weighed them against the First Amendment.
In the face of immense unpopularity the Center has pressed forward to prevail in several major cases and been a consistent voice for the importance of political speech. Ongoing efforts are to provide expert testimony to Congress and state legislators, opposing efforts to limit campaign contributions and standing against schemes for taxpayer funding of campaigns.
They successfully represented Speechnow.org
in a major challenge to campaign finance restrictions. and stopped a congressional effort to limit grass roots advocacy.
Recent legal efforts included filing amicus briefs in major campaign finance cases such as McComish v. Bennet, Sampson v. Buescher, Citizens United v. FEC
, Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., Inc., San Juan County v. No New Gas Tax.
Writing, research and advocacy is on going in presenting the defense of political speech.
The informal dinner gave the attendees valuable information and a better understanding of the importance of current attacks on political speech. It was also an opportunity to show appreciation for all the important work the Center for Competitive Politics accomplishes in protecting political speech.
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