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ALG - Aggregate donation limits overturned step in the right direction 


April 2, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising a Supreme Court decision to strike down aggregate donation limits that in 2012 disallowed more than $117,000 in donations to candidates and party committees every two years: 

"While the court's ruling did not strike down the base donation limits, it is a step in the right direction to removing restrictions on campaign donations that strike at the heart of First Amendment protections of political speech. The maximum gift total has in the past denied late blooming candidates from access to the finances necessary to maximize their chances of victory because donors were already maxed out. But more importantly, aggregate limits most certainly restrict how much speech occurs in federal election campaigns and thus cannot be squared with First Amendment protections."

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Compelling Evidence of the Forgery of Obama’s Birth Certificate Lodged with the United States Supreme Court, Case No.: 13-1158

Washington D.C. (MMD Newswire) March 28, 2014 -- Douglas Vogt has lodged with the United States Supreme Court his compelling forensic evidence that the Birth Certificate of Barack Hussein Obama, II is indisputably a forgery.

That forensic evidence is contained in Vogt's 95 page Public ( and 75 page Sealed Affidavits. Barack Hussein Obama, II - at his White House Press Conference on April 27, 2011 - released his Birth Certificate to prove that he was Constitutionally-eligible to be President. The lodging of the Affidavits accompanied Vogt's filing of a Petition for Certiorari with the Supreme Court which has been assigned Case No: 13-1158 ( That Petition seeks review of the refusal of the Federal District Court to refer Vogt's Affidavits to a federal Grand Jury as required by Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 6(a) (

Rule 6(a) states: "When the public interest so requires, the court must order that one or more grand juries be summoned." Vogt's Petition argues that there can be no higher "public interest" than the issue of whether Barack Hussein Obama, II, has foisted a forged Birth Certificate upon the Citizens of the United States. Accordingly, the Petition argues, the lower federal court has breached its Congressionally-imposed duty to "summon" a Grand Jury to hear Vogt's well-founded, forensic proof of the forgery of Obama's Birth Certificate.

At its core, the Petition raises the issue of who can seek invocation of the Grand Jury's Constitutionally-unique investigative power. As well documented by Justice Scalia and others of the Supreme Court, originally that right to communicate to the Grand Jury could be invoked by anyone so that the Grand Jury could investigate any matter: "no matter how or by whom suggested to them." Yet, as recognized by Justice Douglas in United States v. Dioniso (, it is: "common knowledge that the Grand Jury, having been conceived as a bulwark between the citizen and the Government, is now a tool of the Executive."

Said Vogt: "All I ask is that a Grand Jury hear my forensic evidence regarding Obama's Birth Certificate. Then, if they think warranted, by issuing a few documentary subpoenas, the Grand Jury can quickly answer the question We the People have a right to know: Is the office of the President being held by one who is not Constitutionally-eligible to hold that office and who may not even be a U.S. citizen? The small burden on: (i) the Hawaiian Department of Health (ii) Occidental College, (iii) Columbia University, (iv) Harvard Law School, (v) the Social Security Administration, (vi) U.S. Center for Disease Control, Department of Vital Statistics, (vii) the Selective Service Administration and (viii) the Law Firm of Perkins Coie to produce their records regarding Obama is minimal. Through such subpoenas, this important question will be answered once and for all: Is Obama really who he says he is?"

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CEI Today: Obamacare in court, re-regulating rail, and Human Achievement Hour 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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While the Hobby Lobby case is before the Supreme Court this week, another challenge to Obamacare is in court. On Tuesday morning, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC will hear arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius.

In that lawsuit, launched in May 2013, a group of small business owners and individuals in six states sued the federal government over an IRS regulation imposed under the Affordable Care Act, which obliterates the distinction drawn by Congress between state and federal insurance exchanges. The rule undercuts the choices made by many states to stay out of the program, and it will force the plaintiffs to pay exorbitant fines, cut back employees’ hours, and face other burdens. US district court Judge Friedman ruled against the plaintiffs in January.  The case is now on expedited appeal.
> Read more about the case

> Interview Sam Kazman

> See also: What the district court got wrong (and right) in Halbig v. Sebelius, By Jonathan H. Adler  


Report: Special Interest Lobby Threatens Freight Rail Deregulation

New rules proposed by a commercial shipper lobby, the National Industrial Transportation League, could reverse Congress’ efforts to partially deregulate the railroad industry, which has helped lower costs for consumers and allowed businesses to improve their operations. The federal government’s Surface Transportation Board will hold a hearing on the proposal this week, March 25-26, 2014. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner


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ALG's Daily Grind - One Democrat Senator's jaw dropping audacity


March 21, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

One Democrat Senator's jaw dropping audacity
Claire McCaskill says with a straight face: "I do believe a $17 trillion debt is irresponsible. I do believe that."

Government war on big food?
If we are not vigilant, one day giddy decadence will morph into criminal activity.  This is becoming a war on pleasure.

Will the Supreme Court permit EPA climate fraud?
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency, which will determine how far EPA can extend its regulatory overreach, ignore the Constitution's "separation of powers" provisions, rewrite clear language in the Clean Air Act, and disregard laws that require the agency to consider both the costs and benefits of its regulations and what it is regulating.

Washington Examiner: Nuclear option fallout imperils Obama's nominees
ALG's Manning: "Obama and Senate Majority Leader Reid now have a governance problem where they can no longer blame Republicans or the filibuster for their inability to confirm radical nominees. Instead, red- and purple-state Democrats have lost this filibuster shield and are having to choose whether to walk the political plank in support of Obama's indefensible personnel choices."


Public Citizen - Four out of five NH towns support constitutional amendment

Final Tally: 47 New Hampshire Towns Call for a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Statement of Jonah Minkoff-Zern, Senior Organizer, Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign

The final tally of the town meeting votes last week is irrefutable evidence that New Hampshire residents want to free elections from corporate influence and mega-donors. At 47 town meetings, citizens overwhelmingly passed warrants calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. With 59 towns voting, this shows there was a 4-to-1 margin of towns that approved the initiative versus those that defeated it. At least five towns have a similar warrant on their ballots to be voted on in the spring.

Now that the people of New Hampshire have spoken, it is important that the state Senate move forward next week, when it votes on SB 307. That bill would create a committee to examine Citizens United and different approaches to a constitutional amendment. The Senate should pass a version that includes language calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. That ruling gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, thereby drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. The influence of corporations and the wealthy was starkly apparent during New Hampshire’s 2012 gubernatorial race, when outside groups spent $19 million – almost five times what the candidates spent themselves.

Polls show the call to overturn Citizens United is popular among a wide swath of New Hampshire residents, no matter their political party. Seventy-two percent of residents have said they oppose the Citizens United ruling, and 69 percent would support a constitutional amendment that limits corporate campaign contributions and spending, according to a University of New Hampshire Survey Center Granite State Poll. Additionally, more than 100 New Hampshire residents recently marched across the state in the dead of winter to show their support for campaign finance reform.

With the voting results, the polls and grassroots organizing, it is crystal clear that the residents of New Hampshire want to join the nationwide movement and become the 17th state to call for a constitutional amendment to stop the flood of money from corporations and the ultra-wealthy into our elections.

For more information about this effort and to find out how towns voted, visit