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Citizens United Scores A Big Win for Transparency Today

Citizens United President David N. Bossie Statement:

The public has a right to inspect these important documents in a timely manner and that’s what today’s ruling provides. If it weren’t for our FOIAs and subsequent lawsuits these records would remain exactly where Hillary Clinton wants them – in the shadows.

In government, sunlight is always the best disinfectant.


55 Conservative Leaders Release Vision For New Congressional Leadership Letter

Washington, DC – Today, 55 conservative leaders from across America signed the open letter entitled “Vision For New Conservative Leadership.”


View the full letter.

Republican leaders have a responsibility to better align their party’s policy stances with founding American principles, the U.S. Constitution, and the will and consent of the American people against the threats facing this nation right now. Congressional leaders represent more than merely the internal majority of their respective chambers. They become national leaders of the entire Republican Party and, when in the majority, the citizens of every state. This is the essence of self-government.

Failed leadership has profound consequences on our culture, our children, our prosperity, our security and consequently, spreads defeatism.

A recent Gallup poll shows half the nation, Democrats and Republicans, believes the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. There is bipartisan agreement that the government we now have has failed.

The overwhelming majority of Republicans now believe congressional leaders care more about special interests than the country’s interest, causing the disaffection of millions of citizens. The Republican Party has become an empty vessel, instead of broadening the Party’s appeal through demonstrated contrast with liberal policies and a robust defense of American exceptionalism. Conservatives expect party leaders to place the nation’s interests before their own re-election, especially at this time in our nation’s history.

We call for statesmen with the humility and capacity to act in the best interests of those who understand what is at stake in our times, and to govern with truth, principles and selflessness. We do not need to elevate career politicians who protect their power with political gamesmanship, show votes, self-interest and ineffective oversight.

Republicans, squandering their landslide 2014 victory, have failed to use their powers to stop the big-government, big-business agenda dominating Washington backrooms. They failed to listen to us, calling many patriots names, just as liberals hoped. This caused the division on display now. Surrendering to and accommodating the growing-government agenda, just to get re-elected, is not why Republicans were granted majorities in both houses of Congress last year.

10 things Americans Want from New Congressional Leadership:

1. We want a conservative vision and strategy for a prosperous future that frames a contrast with the failed progressive, liberal policies of President Obama and the Left. We want strategies that include passionate, effective messaging for getting important legislation inserted into must-pass bills, using outside allies and all possible resources.

2. We want a unified, more effective messaging strategy that moves members and allies to go on offense together over the biggest threats to the nation. We want leaders to stop excessively using mainstream media to talk to the nation, and craft new and effective tactics that will go around a hostile news establishment.

3. We want effective government oversight by committees who expose the lawlessness and change what is wrong with the unaccountable, growing administrative state, which abuses its citizens and drains the national treasury in the process.

4. We want regular legislative order through committees with an end to backroom deals and special favors at the White House or in leadership offices.

5. We want a meritocracy in Congress where partisan politics and fundraising play less of a role in highlighting Member/Senator ideas and committee assignments.

6. We demand that you stop punishing your own team, many who are champions to conservatives. Respect your base by showing greater offense to the radical Left than your conservative base.

7. We demand that you fight to protect political opponents of the President and the institutions that are increasingly under attack, i.e. military, law enforcement, private property, free markets, rule of law, religious liberty, etc.

8. We demand that you force the opposition to defend their failed and harmful ideology and policies by shining a light on the damage they have done and are doing.

9. We demand you keep your promises you made as you campaigned for office, and go full bore to stop President Obama’s fundamental transformation having lost too many months and too much trust amongst Americans already.

10. We demand that you restore Congress' legislative powers so it is once again a branch holding the other two branches, and the administrative state, in check. Self-government, as designed by the founders will end as a check on unrestrained power in the other branches, if Congress continues to fail to exercise its constitutional role as a brake on executive and judicial abuses of power. Congress will become irrelevant in the scheme of our government.

John Boehner did not care about the institution, as he claimed. Had he cared, the Congress would be on offense, pushing back and defending the country's interests under this lawless, power-hungry President. Do not be the Congress and its leaders who history books reveal as the men and women who squandered and lost America’s self government.

Organizational affiliations for identification purposes only.

David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive Office, Heritage Action Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots Andrew C. McCarthy, former federal prosecutor Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs, American Family Association Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Bongino, GOP Nominee US Senate (MD) Tim Daughtry, Co-author, Waking the Sleeping Giant Rick Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government Former Congressman Jim Ryun, Chairman, Madison Project Tim Wildman, President, American Family Association Kevin Jackson, syndicated radio host, Executive Director of The Black Sphere, LLC Col. Francis X. DeLuca, USMCR (Ret), President, Civitas Action Joseph Farah, Editor and Chief Executive Officer, WND.com, WND Books, WND Films Janet Porter, President, Faith2Action Ken Benway, Lt. Col US Army Ret, Founder, Special Operations Speaks Steve Deace, Conservative Review Rod D. Martin, Founder and CEO, The Martin Organization Sherri R. Martin, The Martin Organization Nicholas Stehle, Center for the American Future Hon. Jerry Melvin, President, Florida Republican Assembly Hon. Sharron Angle, President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz, Former Inspector General of the Department of Defense; Partner Schmitz & Socarros, LLP William H. Shaker. Chief Executive Officer, Washington Marketing Group; Volunteer President, Rule of Law Committee Ken Cuccinelli, President, Senate Conservatives Fund Col. Rob Maness (USAF Ret), Founder, GatorPAC Kenneth R. Timmerman, Author Kevin Freeman, CFA, Founder, NSIC Institute Joel Arends, Veterans for A Stronger America Melissa Ortiz, Founder and Principal, Able Americans Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness Elizabeth Bailey, Treasurer, Friends of Becky Gerritson, Campaign Committee Tim Macy, Chairman, Gun Owners of America Greg Scandlen, Health Benefits Group Robert K. Fischer, Meeting Coordinator, Conservatives of Faith Richard and Susan Falknor, Publishers, Blue Ridge Forum Vicki Dooling, Assemblywoman, District 41 Nevada Seton Motley, President, Less Government Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring Carolee Adams, President, Eagle Forum of New Jersey Kim Simac, Founder, Northwoods Patriots, Wisconsin Shirley Kufeldt, Co-Founder, Northwoods Patriots, Wisconsin Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Founder, The American Conservancy, Author, Finding God at Harvard Peter J. Thomas, Chairman, Americans for Constitutional Liberty Adelle (Dee) Park, Founder, Moore County, NC GOP and TEA Party Billie Tucker, CE, Grassroots for Victory USA Andrew Bostom, MD MS J. Christian Adams, attorney Becky Garritson, Candidate for US Congress AL2; President Wetumpka TEA Party Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell, President, Constitutional Congress, Inc. George Rasley, Editor, conservativehq.com Curt Levey President, The Committee for Justice Adam Brandon, Freedom Works Thomas Pyle, American Energy Alliance Donna Hearne, CEO, The Constitutional Coalition


Citizens United Releases Huma Abedin And Cheryl Mills Email Productions In Their Entirety

Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens United released three FOIA productions in their entirety.

Two productions concern Huma Abedin emails and one production covers Cheryl Mills emails. A good portion of these emails are being made public for the first time today.

“The American people have a right to see these emails and to draw their own conclusions. Sunlight and transparency in government is still the best disinfectant,” David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United.

Citizens United will be releasing additional FOIA documents in the near future.

Document 1: Abedin-Mills FOIA request language

Document 2: Cheryl Mills emails with Clinton Foundation - entire production

Document 3: Huma Abedin emails with Teneo – entire production

Document 4 and 5: Huma Abedin emails with Clinton Foundation (Parts 1 & 2) – entire production

For all emails and documents related to Citizens United FOIA lawsuits, click here.


Statement of Citizens United President David N. Bossie on John Boehner's Resignation

Speaker Boehner’s retirement announcement is a victory for grassroots conservatives.  Under Boehner’s leadership Congress has failed to advance meaningful reforms, much less the bold conservative reforms our country needs.  The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, and as a conservative, I’m excited at the prospect of electing new conservative leadership in the House of Representatives.  As the Obama administration comes to a close it’s more important than ever that we have leaders in Congress who are willing to stand up and fight against his liberal agenda. 

Citizens United's legislative message over the coming days and months stays the same: Planned Parenthood must not be funded, budget caps must stay in place, and the Export-Import Bank must remain expired.

Citizens United Releases Membership Presidential Poll Results

Washington, DC -- Over the past five days, Citizens United surveyed a cross-section of our membership nationwide to get a sense of where they stand on 2016 at this early stage.

From Friday, September 18th to Wednesday, September 23rd, nearly 5,000 participants took the online poll indicating their first and second choices for President.

“The results are clear. Grassroots conservatives are overwhelmingly rejecting status-quo politicians. A shocking 78 percent of our members polled want a new leader willing to shake-up a broken system,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United.

Of the nearly 5,000 members polled, the results are as follows:

First Choice for President

Mr. Donald Trump – 30.8%

Senator Ted Cruz – 18.5%

Dr. Ben Carson – 17.4%

Mrs. Carly Fiorina – 11.3%

Senator Marco Rubio – 8.2%

Governor John Kasich – 3.5%

Former Governor Huckabee – 2.0%

Former Governor Jeb Bush – 1.8%

Governor Scott Walker – 1.5%

Senator Rand Paul – 1.3%

Former Senator Rick Santorum – .8%

Governor Chris Christie - .7%

Governor Bobby Jindal – .3%

Senator Lindsey Graham – .1%

Former Governor George Pataki – 0%

Former Governor Jim Gilmore – 0%

Other – .4%

Undecided – 1.3%

Second Choice for President

Senator Ted Cruz – 20.3%

Dr. Ben Carson – 19.4%

Mrs. Carly Fiorina – 18.0%

Senator Marco Rubio – 12.3%

Mr. Donald Trump – 8.1%

Former Governor Huckabee – 3.6%

Governor Scott Walker – 2.6%

Senator Rand Paul – 2.3%

Governor John Kasich – 2.2%

Governor Bobby Jindal – .2.1%

Former Governor Jeb Bush – 2.0%

Governor Chris Christie – 1.8%

Former Senator Rick Santorum – .9%

Senator Lindsey Graham – .3%

Former Governor Jim Gilmore - .1%

Former Governor George Pataki – 0%

Other – .6%

Undecided – 3.0%


Citizens United's David Bossie Responds to State Departments 90 Day Extension in Release of Emails

Citizens United President David N. Bossie Statement:

The State Department failed to comply with Judge Sullivan’s order requiring them to release Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin’s emails by September 13th in response to Citizens United’s FOIA lawsuit. Having failed to meet their obligations, the State Department is now asking the Court to reward their poor performance by granting them a 90 day extension. This is yet another delay tactic designed to keep these records from becoming public. Today Citizens United filed our opposition to the State Department’s extension request. The public has a right to see these documents, period. For an administration that considers itself the most transparent the State Department’s response to Citizens United’s FOIA requests has proved it is anything but.


Statement by Citizens United President David N. Bossie on newly released State Department-National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”) email

Today’s newly released State Department email is our second example to date indicating Bill Clinton’s apparent support for doing business with entities with ties to the Iranian regime.

The most troubling issue with today’s email is that the event in question would not only have been a paid speech for President Clinton, but also a fundraiser for NIAC.

In 2013, the House Foreign Relations Committee Chairman accused the group of distributing “propaganda” put out by the regime in Tehran.

It’s less surprising now to see that both NIAC and former Secretary Clinton are supporting the nuclear deal with Iran.


Statement of Citizens United President David N. Bossie in response to Senator Cornyn’s call for a Special Counsel in the Clinton email case

We are pleased that Senator John Cornyn has joined Citizens United in calling for a Special Counsel to investigate the troubling Hillary Clinton email allegations. As a former judge and Texas state Attorney General, Senator Cornyn knows a clear conflict of interest when he sees one.

Citizens United called for an impartial special counsel to be appointed for this politically-charged case on July 29th. Political appointees at the Justice Department cannot be expected to thoroughly investigate a person who may turn out to be the Democrat nominee for President of the United States. Furthermore, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has a personal conflict of interest in this matter since President Bill Clinton first appointed her as United States Attorney in 1999.


Statement of Citizens United President David N. Bossie On Citizens United’s Opposition To FOIA Lawsuit Consolidation:

"Today Citizens United filed our opposition to the government’s motion to consolidate our FOIA lawsuits with nearly thirty other cases. The government’s request is little more than a stunt designed to delay the public release of Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills’ emails. The thirty lawsuits the government seeks to “coordinate” have no common issues of law or fact, and tying them together makes absolutely no sense.

What’s really at stake here is whether or not the public will be allowed to learn the true story of how Hillary Clinton operated Clinton Inc., within the State Department now, or at some unknown time, possibly after the 2016 election. It’s vital these records be made available to the public immediately. The government should not be allowed to withhold these documents from public inspection. The records we’ve requested are of tremendous public significance and we will fight the government’s attempts to stonewall and delay their release."


Citizens United President Responds To State Department Single Judge Coordination

A statement from Citizens United President, David N. Bossie:

Citizens United will vigorously oppose the government’s latest attempt to further delay the production of records relating to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides. The government’s announced plan to seek a stay of court ordered deadlines for producing records while seeking to consolidate our FOIA lawsuits with dozens of FOIA lawsuits by others is nothing more than a contemptible delay tactic. In one of our cases, the government faces a September 14 final deadline for producing e-mails and other communications involving Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. Judge Sullivan has already said he will not extend that deadline. The government’s impending motions are a stunt aimed at putting off the September 14 deadline and other approaching deadlines indefinitely.


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