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-Mr. Charles Bell, Jr.

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Mr. Charles Bell, Jr.
National Policy Conference - April 17, 2009 – Washington, DC

Former Speaker of the House, author and commentator Newt Gingrich and Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and commentator George Will headline the RNLA’s National Policy Conference “Preserving the Free Economy,” which will be held on April 17, 2009 at the National Press Club. Other notable speakers include Senator Rick Santorum, who will discuss judicial appointments, and some outstanding state attorneys general (including Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania and Bill Mims, Virginia), who will discuss the role of state attorneys general. We are honored that A.B. Culvahouse, former White House counsel for President Reagan, advisor to Senator John McCain, and Chairman of O’Melveny & Myers, will also speak at the conference. Last but certainly not least, we will have panel discussions on national security, labor law (discussing the card check legislation), election law developments and financial services. Peter Wallison, also a former White House counsel for President Reagan and an early critic of the Fannie Mae/Freddy Mac GSEs, will participate in the financial services panel. It’s not too late to sign up for this outstanding program ( here). Up to Six CLE units will be offered. Former FEC Commissioner, Heritage Foundation Fellow and commentator Hans Von Spakovsky will receive RNLA’s Edwin Meese III Award for fidelity to Republican principles and protection of voting integrity. at an April 16, 2009 reception at the Capitol Visitor Center that is open only to event sponsors, VIPs, and contributing and higher level RNLA members.

ACORN Watch & Task Force

RNLA continues to play a leading role in challenging and monitoring the activities of ACORN, which gained much notoriety during the 2008 election. RNLA took the lead at a House Judiciary Committee Congressional hearing in March 2009 in exposing ACORN’s web of abuses of federal campaign and tax laws, misuse of federal grant money, and knowing disregard of voter registration laws, admitted commission of voter registration fraud, violation of the terms of settlement agreements with state election officials to avoid criminal prosecution of ACORN itself, and likely voter fraud.

ACORN’s role in promoting loans to unqualified homebuyers under the Community Reinvestment Act and through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and use of mob-like tactics identified as “muscle for the money” and “protection” (as identified by the sworn court testimony of former ACORN employee/whistleblower Anita Moncrief), warrants serious, thorough review.

RNLA has established a task force to review and recommend a full panoply of administrative and civil actions to address these abuses. RNLA First Vice President Heather Heidelbaugh testified before the House Administration Committee on March 20, 2009 and appeared on numerous cable media and radio talk programs, including “The O’Reilly Factor.” RNLA Vice Chair Cleta Mitchell also appeared on Fox News Network’s “Glenn Beck Show” to discuss ACORN. RNLA’s activities (1) led to public disclosure of the New York Times’ spiking of the crucial link between the Obama campaign and ACORN, and (2) prompted House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) to call for a Congressional hearing on ACORN’s activities.

National media attention to both stories has been dramatic. Stay tuned to RNLA’s ACORN Monitoring website (See RNLA’s ACORN Monitoring Website here).

Coleman – Franken Senate Context & Military Voting

We have previously reported to you about RNLA’s key efforts to ensure a full, fair election recount and contest process in the Coleman-Franken Senate election. RNLA played a role in ensuring that Senator Reid and the full Senate declined to seat either candidate until the election is certified under Minnesota law. This is an event that cannot happen at least until the Minnesota Supreme Court rules.

RNLA was also the first to call attention to the unfair treatment of military voters (see our latest White Paper written by RNLA Member Eric Eversole), and this problem arose again this week in the special election in New York’s 20th Congressional District, where as of this date, Republican Tedisco and Democrat Murphy are virtually tied with over 5,000 absentee and active duty overseas military voters’ ballots remaining to be received and counted. Once again, evidence surfaced of negligent or intentionally lax conduct by election officials to timely deliver ballots to overseas and military voters.

RNLA will continue to press for amendments to federal and state laws to protect the voting rights of America’s most disenfranchised group – our active duty overseas military personnel.

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