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H.R.1 – The Intimidate Conservatives Bill

A group of over 100 conservative leaders and organizations, including,

has released a letter analyzing the unconstitutional and deleterious effects on political participation of H.R. 1 and S.1, the Democrats’ bill to intimidate conservatives.

H.R. 1 and S. 1 would dramatically alter the First Amendment protections that Americans have enjoyed since the founding of our country. It would institute sweeping new burdens on their constitutionally protected rights to freely speak, publish, and organize into groups to advocate for the causes they support. In particular, H.R. 1 and S. 1 would impose onerous and unworkable regulatory standards on the ability of individual Americans and groups of Americans to discuss the policy issues of the day with elected officials and the public. This bill would also violate the privacy of advocacy groups and their supporters and stringently and excessively regulate political speech on the Internet.

As the letter points out, our Founding Fathers used pen names to encourage independence from Great Britain. Nearly 200 years later, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked the state of Alabama from demanding the supporter list of the NAACP, citing concerns about retribution against the group’s members and financial backers. And earlier last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging a California regulation forcing charities to hand over their supporter lists to the government.

Clearly, the purpose of H.R.1 and S.1 is to legalize exactly the kind of intimidation the Supreme Court found to be unconstitutional in the Alabama versus the NAACP case.

If passed, H.R.1 and S.1 the government would be in the business of:

Subjecting citizens who contribute to nonprofit organizations to harassment and intimidation by making their personal information available in a searchable government database. This mandate focuses public attention on the individuals and donors who support causes instead of on the messages communicated by those organizations, exacerbating the politics of division and personal destruction and further coarsening political discourse. This would have a considerable chilling effect on civic engagement and free speech.
Policing speech by Americans about legislative issues by expanding the definition of “electioneering communications” – historically limited to large-scale TV and radio campaigns targeted to the electorate in a campaign for office – to include online advertising that bears no relation to an election. This will subject far more issue ads to burdensome disclaimer requirements, which will coerce groups into truncating their message and make some advertising, especially online, practically impossible.
Indiscriminately regulating groups that incidentally or occasionally advocate on federal judicial nominations and require those groups to broadly expose their donors, even if those citizens had nothing to do with the groups’ speech about judicial nominees.
Forcing groups to publicly identify their supporters on the face of the ads themselves. Faced with the prospect of being inaccurately associated with what the law would consider (unjustifiably, in many or most instances) “campaign” ads in FEC reports and disclaimers, many donors will choose not to give to nonprofit groups.
Increasing regulation of the online speech of American citizens while purporting (and failing) to address the threat of Russian propaganda.
Expanding the universe of regulated online political speech by Americans beyond paid advertising to include communications on groups’ or individuals’ own websites and email messages.
Deterring American citizens from serving their country through political appointments by forcing them to disclose their donations to causes they have supported in the past.

Our elections will not be more honest, more informed, or more secure from foreign interference if we sacrifice the privacy of American citizens. But our democracy will be weakened if voices are eliminated from public debate through intimidation and overregulation.

Call the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), tell Republican Representatives and Senators you are speaking on behalf of the millions of Americans who cherish and rely on the right to support causes they believe in without fear of harassment and intimidation, tell them you demand they oppose H.R. 1 and S. 1, the deceptively named “For the People Act.”

  • H.R. 1

  • S. 1

  • First Amendment

  • Free Speech

  • Political Speech

  • Donor lists

  • Charities

  • NAACP v. Alabama

  • Nonprofit organizations

  • Online advertising

  • For the People Act

  • Mail-in voting

  • Voter ID

  • Voter integrity

  • Speech regulation

  • intimidation

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Carol Adams
Carol Adams
Feb 08, 2021

the U.S constitution places election law in the jurisdiction of the states so all proposed election laws in HR 1 and S1 are unconstitutional as are all the other freedom restrictions in the bill. those bills need to be tossed quickly.


Feb 06, 2021

I'm for this action as are many others, so let's see you get it to the Senate....Don't stop trying...


Feb 06, 2021

Nothing like being behind when your trying to win.....I am a offense type, I did not like the mine field the right was forced to walk thru and the kind of poor planning that added to the other guys score......So far what the right has is the DIMMs are incapable of proving they did not create the means to undermine the election....I will say this egregious act was carefully planned and well executed with support from many contributors willing to corrupt freedom of speech, the right to vote nullified and now a code of silence as another distracting crisis is conjured up......Now we have a grasp on what happened it is time to crack the whip and regroup with purpose,…


Feb 06, 2021

Prior to the last election, the R's had a major heads up about the Big Cheat that was coming and they sat on their hands, now that anyone who still points this out is a liar and agitator, the R's are finding out that they really PO'd their base and left the President to fly in the wind like a flag.....As a Independent Conservative Deplorable, I say if your a real R you will work your butt off to get my vote or support...


Jonathan Freed
Jonathan Freed
Feb 05, 2021

I'm shocked Biden didn't just make it an executive order and skip the whole messy democratic process of voting on it. It's not like outdated standards like balance of power, free speech, or individual rights matter to Democrats.

Here's a question...where are the legal challenges to every single Biden executive order? Remember when Trump was the newly minted man with the plan, we had the majority in the Senate, and House too? Remember when liberal judges delayed every order - like blocking flights from China at the kickoff of the COVID nightmare? I seem to recall some bench jockey idiot from Hawaii playing a key role in running interference to Trump's keeping campaign promises. Not that Biden intends to k…

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