March 19, 2021
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Re: H.R. 1 – “For The People Act”
Dear Senators Schumer and McConnell:
I’m writing today to voice Citizens United’s strong opposition to H.R. 1 – the deceptively titled “For The People Act.” Every two years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House set their sights on canceling the constitutional protections that were reasserted by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark Citizens United victory for free speech. As president of Citizens United, I’ve grown accustomed to the relentless attacks on the First Amendment that come from the left and wear them as a badge of honor. Now, 11 years since Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, the liberals are at it again and with even more ferocity.
Our 2010 Supreme Court decision bolstered the First Amendment’s declaration that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” These are words that Washington Democrats view as a mere inconvenience in their quest for power. The reality is that the Citizens United case has made it easier for Americans who aren’t insiders to participate in our political process and that’s why career politicians on the left hate it so much.
This year, as part of their anti-freedom “cancel culture” agenda, House Democrats passed its latest and most dangerous version of the highly misleading “For The People Act.” After all, who could be against that? But once you get past the title and read the bill, it’s a piece of legislation that should be of great concern to every citizen who values robust free speech rights and trustworthy elections.
H.R. 1 would double down on the disastrous mail-in voting experiment that we witnessed in November. Instead of asking important questions about what happened in the last election and making common sense reforms, Congressional Democrats want to expand universal mail-in voting and ram it down the throats of the American people while throwing tried and tested voter integrity safeguards out the window for good.
H.R. 1 would also greatly hinder citizens at the grassroots level from participating in political advocacy campaigns – exactly what the D.C. swamp desires. At its core, this legislation is an incumbent protection act masquerading under the guise of campaign finance reform. The bill’s draconian disclosure requirements and overly burdensome regulatory regime would have a chilling effect on freedom of speech for conservatives, which is a top priority for the left.
Furthermore, the left’s true intentions are now on full public display, unlike previous years. Flashy poll-tested slogans like “For The People Act” under the moniker of “good government” no longer pass the smell test. The curtain has been pulled back and now the American people can see H.R. 1 for what it truly is. It’s a naked attempt by the left to destroy our sacred election system so they never lose another election and to silence every American who doesn’t agree with their left-wing agenda.
The nightmare of H.R. 1 becoming law could become a reality if the Senate filibuster is destroyed. With a Senate knotted at 50-50, Senate Democrats received no mandate from the American people to kill the filibuster in order to pass such a radical piece of legislation. Freedom loving Americans must remain vigilant because these heavy-handed actions are happening every day in real time without balanced coverage by the mainstream media. I implore you to reject H.R.1 on the grounds that it’s an unconstitutional attempt to undermine our sacred freedoms that will have a negative impact on Americans across the political spectrum.
David N. Bossie