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THE LAW IN WA STATE  - - cont’d 2 <ul><li>Every sponsor who has registered under this section  shall file monthly reports ...
SOME  THOUGHTS FROM AMERICAN HISTORY American history has been shaped by appeals to the general public  to support or oppo...
MORE RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY <ul><li>Since 2002, under several bills that have been  proposed in Congress , citizen activi...
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  1. 1. DISCUSSING EXPANDED ACTIVISM SOME ISSUES I’D LIKE TO DISCUSS TODAY : ISSUE YES? NO? MAYBE? GROUP NAME CHANGE IJ LAWSUIT SUPPORT FOR GRASSROOTS LOBBYING EXPANDED ACTIVISM WILL NEED MORE “HANDS ON” PARTICIPATION
  2. 2. <ul><li>OVERVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>LITIGATION ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DISCUSSIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RECLAIMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE VISION </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE HELP IS NEEDED; PLS SIGN UP </li></ul><ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>WHY ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BASIC GOP / CONSERVATIVE SOLUTIONS ARE SOUND </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BUT MESSAGE & STRUCTURAL DELIVERY WERE INEFFECTIVE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>QUICK, DECISIVE REBUTTALS OF DEMS WERE MOSTLY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ABSENT (BOTH BUSH & McCAIN) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WHAT TO DO DIFFERENTLY ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MORE ACTIVISM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>APPLY “BIG TENT” APPROACH - - LESS GOP INFIGHTING </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UNDERPIN ALL ISSUES ON: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MORAL / ETHICAL ROOTS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AMERICAN HERITAGE & FREE MARKET SUCCESS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EVIDENCE OF HISTORICAL SUCCESS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BETTER , FASTER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR EFFECTIVE RESULT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PLUS OTHER IDEAS …tbd </li></ul></ul>THE 2008 ELECTION CALAMITY
  4. 4. WE NEED A BATTLE PLAN YES, THIS IS A BATTLE ! BUT IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. BETWEEN US ALL, WE’VE GOT THE SMARTS . WE NEED TO START AND WE CAN ADJUST AS WE GO.
  5. 5. <ul><li>EDUCATION & ADVOCACY OF CORE CONSERVATIVE VALUES </li></ul><ul><li>AN OPT-IN, INCLUSIVE, BROAD NETWORK OF LIKE-MINDED CITIZENS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT A COMPETITIVE PARTY TO THE GOP OR DEMS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A PLAN AND ACTIONS THAT WILL HELP PUT AMERICA ON A BETTER PATH </li></ul><ul><li>FUNDING TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL </li></ul><ul><li>TOOLS & INFRASTRUCTURE TO GET THE JOB DONE </li></ul>THE SCOPE OF WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO
  6. 6. WE NEED BETTER TOOLS TO DO THIS BETTER
  7. 8. DIGITAL CONTACT MGMT CHAIN - PULSING CORE LEADERSHIP PULSE CHAIN – EMAIL & ROBO CALLING CADRE OF 250,000 WA SUPPORTERS e.g., “We need signature petitions” or “Please support this rally/lawsuit” Cadre Response to Database
  8. 9. <ul><li>OVERVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>LITIGATION ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DISCUSSIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RECLAIMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE VISION </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE HELP IS NEEDED; PLS SIGN UP </li></ul><ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul>
  9. 12. <ul><li>I RECEIVED AN INTERESTING CALL 2 WEEKS AGO FROM ATTY AT SEATTLE INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE (WA BRANCH OF NATIONAL ORGANIZ’N) </li></ul><ul><li>QUESTION: INTERESTED IN SERVING AS CLIENT FOR LITIGATION EFFORT REGARDING “GRASSROOTS LOBBYING” </li></ul><ul><li>WE MET WITH THEM; I THEN DID A LITTLE RESEARCH AND GAVE A TENTATIVE YES ! </li></ul><ul><li>I BELIEVE THIS ISSUE IS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT THAT , IF CEDED TO GOV’T WILL CRIPPLE THE FIXING OF OTHER GOVERNMENTAL PROCESSES </li></ul><ul><li>ALSO, IT FITS VERY WELL WITH OUR OWN PLANS FOR USING LITIGATION AS A TOOL TO REIN IN GOVERNMENT. </li></ul><ul><li>TURNS OUT, IT HAS A PRECISE TIE-IN WITH OUR 1 ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO PETITION </li></ul>
  10. 15. THE LAW IN WA STATE <ul><li>Washington is one of a number of states that regulates grassroots lobbying. </li></ul><ul><li>In particular, Washington’s regulation of lobbyists contains the following requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>Any person who has made expenditures, exceeding *five hundred dollars in the aggregate within any three-month period or exceeding *two hundred dollars in the aggregate within any one-month period in presenting a program addressed to the public, which is intended to influence legislation shall be required to register and report as a sponsor of a grass roots lobbying campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>STATE LAW </li></ul><ul><li>Passed in 1972 as part of Initiative 276 </li></ul>
  11. 16. THE LAW IN WA STATE - - cont’d 1 <ul><li>Within thirty days after becoming a sponsor of a grass roots lobbying campaign, the sponsor shall register with the State Commission a statement showing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Names, Addresses & Occupations of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The sponsor (s) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All persons organizing and managing the campaign (including any advertising firms) and the terms of compensation for all such persons; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>each person contributing twenty-five dollars or more to the campaign, and the amount contributed; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The purpose and subject matter of the campaign, including the specific legislation, rules, rates, standards, or proposals . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The totals of all expenditures made or incurred to date on behalf of the campaign, segregated by: advertising, segregated by media; contributions; entertainment; office expenses; or the proportionate amount thereof paid for lobbying activities; consultants; and printing and mailing expenses. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 17. THE LAW IN WA STATE - - cont’d 2 <ul><li>Every sponsor who has registered under this section shall file monthly reports with the Commission for the activity during the preceding month and shall show contributions received and totals of expenditures made during the month, in the same manner as provided for in the registration statement. </li></ul><ul><li>When the campaign has been terminated, the sponsor shall file the totals of all contributions and expenditures made on behalf of the campaign, in the same manner as provided for in the registration statement. </li></ul>
  13. 18. SOME THOUGHTS FROM AMERICAN HISTORY American history has been shaped by appeals to the general public to support or oppose a particular government action. Citizen political advocacy has a deep tradition in America, from Thomas Payne's “Common Sense” , which challenged the authority of the British government over the Colonies, to the “Federalist Papers” , which urged passage of our Constitution. Our Declaration of Independence “lists the King's ‘injuries and usurpations,’ including his undermining of the legitimate processes of colonial government.” The Declaration declares: “ In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people”.
  14. 19. MORE RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY <ul><li>Since 2002, under several bills that have been proposed in Congress , citizen activists and grassroots organizations that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>inform their fellow citizens about important issues and encourage them to contact their elected representatives to urge them to take specific action with regard to legislation or judicial nominations, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>would have to register with the </li></ul><ul><li>government and regularly file </li></ul><ul><li>reports on their activities, just </li></ul><ul><li>like professional lobbyists. </li></ul>
  15. 20. BUT GRASSROOTS ISSUE ADVOCACY IS A CORE AMERICAN FREEDOM Grassroots issue advocacy (GIA) is at the heart of the First Amendment's protection of the freedoms of speech, the press and of the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. GIA increases citizen participation in the democratic process by encouraging Americans to convey to their elected representatives their positions on important issues. While some public officials may find their constituents' opinions via e-mails, faxes, and phone calls to be annoying or inconvenient, there is no compelling governmental interest in regulating or prohibiting the GIA that often prompts those communications. There is a clear and important difference between making cash contributions to a political candidate and encouraging the general public to support or oppose legislation or judicial nominees.
  16. 21. GIA DOES NOT = PROFESSIONAL LOBBYING There is an important distinction between GIA and professional lobbying. GIA (or grassroots lobbying) consists of communications directed toward the general public to encourage citizens to share their opinions with public officials. By contrast, a professional lobbyist is a person who is paid, as a part of his or her job, to communicate to public officials or their staffs his or her clients' position on particular issues. Professional lobbying is not wholly dependent upon support from the general public to be successful. While the line between grassroots advocacy and professional lobbying may become blurred in some instances, it is an important distinction that has constitutional significance. Professional lobbying is regulated is to minimize likelihood that a public official will ignore the voices of his constituents in favor of the voice of a special interest group. GIA organizations and media firms generally have little direct or indirect contact with members of Congress. “Grassroots lobbying” does not suddenly become “professional lobbying” - - simply because a citizen pays a printer to produce his fliers, or a web designer to run his website. Citizen involvement in Congress's decision-making process is a good to be *175 encouraged, not an evil to be contained.
  17. 22. THE US SUPREME CT. ON GRASSROOTS LOBBYING PAST USSC cases clearly show that this unprecedented expansion of GIA would violate the First Amendment. E.g., The Supreme Court's recent decision in Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. held that Congress does not have free reign to regulate grassroots issue advocacy in the name of “reform.” The decision recognized that encouraging members of the general public to contact their elected officials in support of a judicial nominee is much different than a political advertisement that asks voters to vote for a particular candidate. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging . . . the right of the people . . . to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” [FN10] This right is more than a mere artifact of history. Although the proverbial town hall meeting or printed pamphlet of the eighteenth century has been largely replaced by television, radio, the Internet, and other means of communication, the First Amendment's protection of grassroots advocacy remains unchanged.
  18. 23. MORE FROM THE US SUPREME CT. ON GIA <ul><li>The Supreme Court has stated that the Right to Petition is “one of ‘the most precious of the liberties safeguarded by the Bill of Rights.” [FN38] </li></ul><ul><li>It “is cut from the same cloth as the other guarantees of [the First] Amendment, and is an assurance of a particular freedom of expression.” [FN39] </li></ul><ul><li>Moreover, the right to petition the legislature “is implied by ‘the very idea of a government, republican in form.”’ [FN40] </li></ul><ul><li>The right to petition “cannot be denied without violating those fundamental principles of liberty and justice which lie at the base of all civil and political institutions.” [FN41 ] </li></ul>
  19. 24. MORE FROM THE US SUPREME CT. ON GIA <ul><li>The Supreme Court has repeatedly emphasized the strong bond between the right to petition and the other rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. As the Court stated in McDonald v. Smith, “ the Petition Clause . . . was inspired by the same ideals of liberty and democracy that gave us the freedoms to speak, publish, and assemble.” Laws that restrict the right to petition often implicate the other guarantees of the First Amendment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An individual's freedom . . . to petition the government for the redress of grievances could not be vigorously protected from interference by the State unless a correlative freedom to engage in group effort toward those ends were not also guaranteed. According protection to collective effort on behalf of shared goals is especially important in … shielding dissident expression from suppression by the majority. Consequently, we have long understood as implicit in the right to engage in activities protected by the First Amendment a corresponding right to associate with others in pursuit of a wide variety of political, social, economic, educational, religious, and cultural ends. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>    </li></ul></ul>
  20. 25. MORE FROM THE US SUPREME CT. ON GIA <ul><li>Regulation of First Amendment rights is always subject to exacting judicial review. Regarding the right to petition, the Court has explained: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>       “ We start with the premise that the rights to assemble peaceably and to petition for a redress of grievances are among the most precious of the liberties safeguarded by the Bill of Rights. These rights, moreover, are intimately connected, both in origin and in purpose, with the other First Amendment rights of free speech and free press. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ The First Amendment would, however, be a hollow promise if it left government free to destroy or erode its guarantees by INDIRECT restraints … We have therefore repeatedly held that laws which actually affect the exercise of these vital rights cannot be sustained merely because they were enacted for the purpose of dealing with some evil within the State's legislative competence ... . It is clear that “indirect restraints” on the exercise of First Amendment rights may be just as onerous as direct prohibitions. Consequently, a statute or regulation that infringes upon the Right to Petition must further a compelling governmental interest and be narrowly tailored to serve that interest. ” </li></ul>
  21. 26. GIA - A SUMMARY Contact between ordinary citizens and members of Congress, which is what “grassroots lobbying” seeks to bring about, is the antithesis of the “lobbying” at the heart of recent congressional scandals. It is citizens expressing themselves to fellow citizens, and citizens to members of Congress. That they are engaged or “stimulated” to do so by “grassroots lobbying activities” is irrelevant. Regulation that would hamper efforts to inform and motivate citizens to contact Congress will increase the power of professional lobbyists inside the beltway. Thus, grassroots voices remain a critical counterforce to lobbying abuse. [FN65] Anti-GIA bills are based upon the paternalistic notion that the government needs to regulate grassroots organizations because citizens are naïve, gullible, and incapable of making well-informed public policy decisions on their own. BUT THE GOVERNMENT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE AND THIS ARROGANCE IS INTOLERABLE.
  22. 27. GIA - A SUMMARY BOTTOM LINE THOUGHT: PROMOTING PROHIBITION OF GIA SHOULD BE CAUSE FOR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE ANY GOVERNMENT PERSON WHO SPONSORS SUCH LEGISLATION FOR WILLFUL DISREGARD OF HIS OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION.
  23. 28. <ul><li>OVERVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>LITIGATION ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DISCUSSIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RECLAIMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE VISION </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE HELP IS NEEDED; PLS SIGN UP </li></ul><ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul>
  24. 29. <ul><li>RECENT RALLIES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TAX DAY TEA PARTY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JULY 4th CELEBRATION & TEA PARTY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DAVE REICHERT – C & T VOTE </li></ul><ul><li>HEALTHCARE PETITION </li></ul><ul><li>SOME UPCOMING EVENTS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Q&A: ROB McKENNA - - HONORING OUR CONSTITUTION </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RALLY ?? : ANTI OBAMA HEALTHCARE </li></ul></ul>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES
  25. 30. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN RALLY - - Sept 2008
  26. 31. TAX DAY TEA PARTY RALLY - - APRIL 15, 2009 AT BELLEVUE CITY HALL
  27. 32. TAX DAY TEA PARTY RALLY - - APRIL 15, 2009 AT BELLEVUE CITY HALL
  28. 33. JULY 4 th CELEBRATION and TEA PARTY - JULY 4, 2009 AT MERCER ISLAND - LUTHER BURBANK PARK
  29. 34. DAVE REICHERT – C&T VOTE
  30. 35. CITIZENS TALKING TO THEIR REPRESENTATIVES
  31. 36. July 6 2009 MEETING WITH DAVE REICHERT TO DISCUSS CAP & TRADE ISSUE CITIZENS TALKING TO THEIR REPRESENTATIVES
  32. 37. <ul><li>ONE OUTCOME OF THE DISCUSSIONS WITH DAVE WAS MY PROPOSAL FOR A “CITIZEN SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD” FOR DAVE’S 8 th C.D. </li></ul><ul><li>HIS STAFF HAS SINCE INDICATED THAT: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DAVE HAS ACCEPTED THE IDEA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PERHAPS THE CONCEPT MIGHT BE BROADENED TO A “ CITIZEN’S ADVISORY BOARD ON CONSERVATIVE VIEWS” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUE FOY HAS SUGGESTED A SHORT DISCUSSION BETWEEN DAVE AND MYSELF ON THE SCOPE AND OPERATION OF THE BOARD (SET FOR THIS FRIDAY) </li></ul><ul><li>I SEE THIS BOARD AS A WIDER CONCEPT THAT MIGHT BE SET UP WITH MANY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS </li></ul>THE ADVISORY BOARD CONCEPT - - ADDING THE PEOPLE’S VOICE
  33. 38. CITIZENS PETITIONING THEIR GOVERNMENT … . continued
  34. 39. <ul><li>OVERVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>LITIGATION ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DISCUSSIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RECLAIMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE VISION </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE HELP IS NEEDED; PLS SIGN UP </li></ul><ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul>
  35. 40. A QUOTE ON THE CONSTITUTION &quot;I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that 'all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.' To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of  Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.&quot; -Thomas Jefferson (Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, 15 February 1791)
  36. 41. CITIZENS TALKING TO THEIR REPRESENTATIVES <ul><li>UPCOMING (TENTATIVE): </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A DISCUSSION WITH </li></ul><ul><li>OUR STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL: </li></ul><ul><li>ROB MCKENNA </li></ul><ul><li>TOPIC: AMERICA’S </li></ul><ul><li>CONSTITUTION AT </li></ul><ul><li>AGE 239. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WEARING WELL ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLOWLY BEING SWEPT ASIDE ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IN NEED OF SOME REPAIR ? </li></ul></ul>
  37. 42. <ul><li>OVERVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>LITIGATION ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DISCUSSIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RECLAIMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE VISION </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE HELP IS NEEDED; PLS SIGN UP </li></ul><ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul>
  38. 43. OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS IN DEVELOPMENT <ul><li>THE DIGITAL CONTACT SYSTEM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EMPOWERING THE CITIZENS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CONNECTING THE WORK EFFORTS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>THE SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RE-ALIGNING TO OUR CONSTITUTION </li></ul><ul><li>HUSKY STADIUM FUNDING CALLS </li></ul><ul><li>COUNTERING “PROGRESSIVE” BIAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>THE MEDIA / ACADEMIA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>THE INITIATIVE PROCESS </li></ul><ul><li>ADVISORY BOARD #1 </li></ul><ul><li>OTHERS </li></ul>
  39. 44. DIGITAL CONTACT MGMT CHAIN - PULSING CORE LEADERSHIP PULSE CHAIN – EMAIL & ROBO CALLING CADRE OF 250,000 WA SUPPORTERS e.g., “We need signature petitions” or “Please support this rally/lawsuit” Cadre Response to Database <ul><li>START THE DCM: </li></ul><ul><li>DIRECTORY: KING CTY. </li></ul><ul><li>BY NAME; BY PRECINCT </li></ul>
  40. 45. <ul><li>WORKING WITH A WEBSITE COMPANY CALLED APEX CONNECT. </li></ul><ul><li>WE’VE COORDINATED A PRELIMINARY SET OF DESIGN REQUIREMENTS. </li></ul><ul><li>THEY WILL BE STARTING THE PROJECT WHEN WE PROVIDE A GO-AHEAD. </li></ul>
  41. 47. <ul><li>SOME PLANNED COMMUNICATION TOOLS: </li></ul><ul><li>CALL CENTER </li></ul><ul><li>WEB-CONFERENCING EQUIPMENT </li></ul><ul><li>FAX CENTER </li></ul><ul><li>MEETING ROOM </li></ul>
  42. 48. GLOBAL COMPETITION LOSS OF LIBERTY CLOUDS OVER AMERICA
  43. 49. TODAY, AMERICAN WORKERS HAVE TO COMPETE AGAINST WORKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD Tom Friedman in his book “ The World Is Flat” explained what this should mean to American students by recounting a warning he offered his daughters: “ Girls, when I was growing up, my parents used to say to me, ‘Tom, finish your DINNER. People in China and India are starving.’ Today, my advice to you is : ‘ Girls, finish your HOMEWORK. People in China and India are starving for your jobs’. ”
  44. 50. 4 FOUNDATIONS FOR AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS
  45. 51. OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS IN DEVELOPMENT <ul><li>THE DIGITAL CONTACT SYSTEM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EMPOWERING THE CITIZENS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CONNECTING THE WORK EFFORTS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>THE SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RE-ALIGNING TO OUR CONSTITUTION </li></ul><ul><li>HUSKY STADIUM FUNDING CALLS </li></ul><ul><li>COUNTERING “PROGRESSIVE” BIAS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>THE MEDIA / ACADEMIA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>THE INITIATIVE PROCESS </li></ul><ul><li>ADVISORY BOARD #1 </li></ul><ul><li>OTHERS </li></ul>
  46. 52. <ul><li>OVERVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>LITIGATION ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DISCUSSIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RECLAIMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE VISION </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE HELP IS NEEDED; PLS SIGN UP </li></ul><ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul>
  47. 53. LET’S STAND BACK FOR A MOMENT & LOOK AT THE SKELETAL STRUCTURE OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO BUILD
  48. 54. <ul><li>EDUCATION & ADVOCACY OF CORE CONSERVATIVE VALUES </li></ul><ul><li>AN OPT-IN, INCLUSIVE NETWORK OF LIKE-MINDED CITIZENS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NOT A COMPETITIVE PARTY TO THE GOP OR DEMS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A PLAN AND ACTIONS THAT WILL HELP PUT AMERICA ON A BETTER PATH </li></ul><ul><li>FUNDING TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL </li></ul><ul><li>TOOLS & INFRASTRUCTURE TO GET THE JOB DONE </li></ul>THE SCOPE OF WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO
  49. 55. DIGITAL CONTACT MGMT (DCM) CHAIN
  50. 56. A VISION FOR THE FUTURE CREATE A BUSINESS ENTITY TO SUPPORT AMERICA <ul><li>A NAME CHANGE: </li></ul><ul><li>SOME OFFICE SPACE: </li></ul><ul><li>SOME INCOME-ORIENTED DEMOS OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NON-PROFIT ENTITY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FOR-PROFIT ENTITY </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CONTINUED EDUCATION TO CONSERVATIVE IDEALS </li></ul>
  51. 57. A VISION FOR THE FUTURE - - Part 2 A CENTRAL OFFICE WITH MAJOR BRANCHES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. NO MORTGAGE LOANS !
  52. 58. <ul><li>OVERVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>LITIGATION ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DISCUSSIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RECLAIMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE VISION </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE HELP IS NEEDED; PLS SIGN UP </li></ul><ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul>
  53. 59. OUR APPROACH: THE BIG PICTURE SEEK CITIZEN INPUT TO IDENTIFY & INITIATE CONCEPTUAL SOLUTIONS TO AMERICA’S MOST PRESSING CIVIC PROBLEMS. TRANSLATE SOLUTION CONCEPTS INTO IMPLEMENTABLE SOLUTION PROJECTS IMPLEMENT HIGH QUALITY SOLUTIONS USING SUCCESSFUL PRIVATE ENTERPRISE TECHNIQUES AND RESOURCES A M E R I C A N C I T I Z E N S Improvements to AMERICA Issues & Ideas
  54. 60. THE TOTAL ENTERPRISE STRUCTURE <ul><li>CE (non-profit corp) </li></ul><ul><li>Understand Political Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Interact With National Leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Govt/ Political/Business/Media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interact with USA Citizenry & Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Identify /Prioritize National Ills </li></ul><ul><li>Identify / Prioritize National Remedies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify Niche Remedies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop / Hold Patents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>STRENGTHENING AMERICA </li></ul><ul><li>(for profit corp) </li></ul><ul><li>Applied R&D Development </li></ul><ul><li>Prototypes & Testing </li></ul><ul><li>Products & Services Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium Stakeholder </li></ul><ul><li>THE CONSORTIUM GROUPS </li></ul><ul><li>Major Mfg Capability Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Major Services Capability Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Self-contained Independent Businesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contract Tie-in for Specific Undertaking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consortium Management Team Pool </li></ul>A M E R I C A N C I T I Z E N S Political Happenings Citizen Interest Member and Donor Funds Political Education / Impact <ul><li>New Ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Capabilities Req’d </li></ul><ul><li>Prods & Svcs Reqd </li></ul><ul><li>License Fees </li></ul><ul><li>ROFR Fees </li></ul><ul><li>Patent Fees </li></ul><ul><li>Profit % </li></ul><ul><li>Payment for : </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype & Test Services </li></ul><ul><li>% Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>of TCP </li></ul>Profit % Finder’s Fees ROFR Fees Profit to shareholders Improvements to A M E R I C A Product Purchases TCP Shareholders Profit Stock Purchases Ideas, New Business & Leadership
  55. 61. ACTIVITIES: THE NEXT LEVEL GRASSROOTS OUTREACH TECHNIQUES
  56. 62. VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED <ul><li>MUCH IS DONE FROM HOME: SOME COORD’N MEETINGS </li></ul><ul><li>3-4 HRS PER MONTH </li></ul><ul><li>2-3 PERSON COMMITTEES </li></ul>COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER BUILD SUPPORT NETWORK RESEARCH ISSUES LOBBY ELECTEDS DEVELOP INITIATIVES DEVELOP LITIGATION DEVELOP FUNDING SOURCES / MECHANISMS
  57. 63. <ul><li>OVERVIEW </li></ul><ul><li>LITIGATION ACTIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>WORKING WITH OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DISCUSSIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETITIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RECLAIMING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>OTHER GROWTH EFFORTS </li></ul><ul><li>FUTURE VISION </li></ul><ul><li>WHERE HELP IS NEEDED; PLS SIGN UP </li></ul><ul><li>SUMMARY </li></ul>
  58. 64. <ul><li>WE’VE BEEN MAKING GOOD PROGRESS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MULTIPLE TOP LEVEL PLANNING STEPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FUND RAISING </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SCOPING OUT THE DIGITAL CONTACT MGMT SYSTEM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LINING UP SOME ALLIES </li></ul></ul>BUT THERE IS MUCH TO DO !
  59. 67. DISCUSSING EXPANDED ACTIVISM SOME ISSUES I’D LIKE TO DISCUSS TODAY : ISSUE YES? NO? MAYBE? GROUP NAME CHANGE IJ LAWSUIT SUPPORT FOR GRASSROOTS LOBBYING EXPANDED ACTIVISM WILL NEED MORE “HANDS ON” PARTICIPATION
  60. 68. VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED <ul><li>MOSTLY DONE FROM HOME: SOME COORD’N MEETING </li></ul><ul><li>3-4 HRS PER MONTH ; 2-3 PERSON COMMITTEES </li></ul>COMMITTEE SPECIFIC SUB-AREAS VOLUNTEER BUILD SUPPORT NETWORK <ul><li>Individuals / Small businesses / Drs / others </li></ul><ul><li>Website / DCMS dvpmt </li></ul><ul><li>Call center / web Conferencing / </li></ul>RESEARCH ISSUES <ul><li>K-12 Educat’n / American Competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Constitutional alignment / Contract w/ America </li></ul><ul><li>Progressive Bias in Media / Academia </li></ul><ul><li>Debate & Special Speaker Series </li></ul>LOBBY ELECTEDS <ul><li>Advisory Boards / Dinner Series / Petitions </li></ul>DEVELOP INITIATIVES <ul><li>Research Candidate Issues </li></ul>DEVELOP LITIGATION <ul><li>IJ Grass Roots lobbying </li></ul><ul><li>Research Other Candidate Issues </li></ul>DEVELOP FUNDING SOURCES -METHODS ADMINISTRATIVE <ul><li>Organizational Mgmt Posts / Coordination </li></ul>OUTREACH PR <ul><li>Ads / Videos / </li></ul>
  61. 69. THE END

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