On Sunday, January 15, 2012, Tom Zawistowski made a presentation to Ohio Liberty Group Leaders in Columbus, Ohio to introduce a 21st Century Funding plan for the entire TEA Party/Liberty Movement in the United States. This is the video of the presentation:
CINCINNATI, OH - Ted Stevenot released the following statement today regarding his possible run for Ohio Governor in the 2014 Republican primary. Stevenot said, “On January 1st, I released an announcement about a press conference originally scheduled to occur 1:00 PM, January 7th in Columbus to announce my candidacy for Ohio Governor in the upcoming Republican primary. Though my running mate, Brenda Mack, and I have received a tremendous outpouring of support and encouragement since that announcement, I have decided not to run for governor at this time.”
Stevenot also said, “My decision was not based on any concerns about my running mate, Brenda Mack, for whom I have tremendous respect and admiration. She is a strong and courageous woman who is appropriately unapologetic for who she is. Brenda shared with me that in1999, she fell ill and it took doctors years to diagnose what was causing the problem. During her illness, she understandably struggled to make ends meet and run her business. She ended up selling nearly everything she had just to survive. Eventually, doctors found out she had a rare form of cancer. Her battle with cancer ended in 2010 when, after her last chemotherapy treatment, and with many prayers from friends and family, she was thankfully diagnosed cancer-free.Brenda Mack is a fighter and I am honored that she considered running with me as lieutenant governor. This is my decision, not hers, and I understand that she is still interested in running for office in the future.”
Stevenot continued by saying, “However, after much personal thought, as well as in depth discussions with family, friends, and advisors, I have made the decision to withdraw my candidacy for governor. I do this reluctantly, because I know that part of what has gone wrong with our political process is that the two major parties have made it exceedingly difficult for a common person to run for office. This is not good for our Republic or for our citizens who, as a result, often do not have their best interests represented by elected officials. That being said, the liberty movement, in which I will continue to be actively engaged, is working to open up the elective process to more everyday citizens as was intended by our founding fathers. While this may not be the right time and race for me personally, I remain confident that our movement will ultimately be successful in restoring more voting freedom in the very near future.”
With this announcement, the press conference originally scheduled for January 7th, 2014 in Columbus is officially cancelled.
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A coalition of powerful conservative leaders, led by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, is demanding that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus censure RNC committeeman Henry Barbour for his role in racially incendiary appeals to Democratic voters that voting for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) was a means of helping stop the Tea Party.
The coalition, which includes TPPCF Chair Jenny Beth Martin, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell, Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe, ConservativeHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie, former RNC grassroots director Drew Ryun, Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins, and SOS4SOS PAC Chairman Ken Blackwell, is calling on Priebus to create a special RNC committee to investigate the matter and eventually issue a formal RNC repudiation of the actions taken in Mississippi.
The coalition wrote to Priebus:
We, the undersigned, write today to express our outrage at the actions of a member of the Republican National Committee, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour, and to respectfully insist that you create a committee to investigate questionable activities surrounding the June 24 Mississippi Republican Senate nomination runoff election; that the RNC repudiate any and all unethical and potentially illegal activities associated with the runoff election; and that you and your RNC colleagues formally censure or otherwise discipline the persons responsible for those actions.
In the letter, the coalition details how Cochran’s allies—specifically RNC committeeman Henry Barbour, through his role atop the pro-Cochran Super PAC Mississippi Conservatives PAC—“adjusted” their strategy heading into the June 24 runoff after state Sen. Chris McDaniel won more votes than Cochran in the June 3 primary “by deciding to reach out to Democrats, many of whom voted in the June 3 Democratic primary election.”
“It is illegal in Mississippi for Democrats to vote in a Republican runoff election if they previously voted in the Democratic primary, and thousands of irregular and potentially illegal ballots from the runoff election have already been identified,” the coalition wrote to Priebus, adding:
According to media accounts and Federal Elections Commission reports, Mississippi Conservatives PAC, at Henry Barbour’s direction, hired both James "Scooby Doo" Warren and Mitzi Bickers, two well- known Democrat political operatives, to engage and turn out Democrats for the runoff, many of whom are believed to have voted illegally in the runoff.
The coalition argues that Henry Barbour and the other Cochran allies who participated in such a strategy violated RNC rules, specifically Rule 11(b), which, they wrote, said:
[It] makes clear the Committee’s belief that Republican nomination contests should be decided by the votes of Republicans – and which goes so far as to declare that the Republican National Committee shall not recognize as the nominee of the Republican Party any nominee whose nomination results from a process in which voters who participated in the selection of a nominee of any other party also participated in the selection of the Republican nominee.
McDaniel is estimated to have received more Republican votes than Cochran did in the June 24 primary, despite losing the overall tally by around 7,000 votes.
In their letter to Priebus, the conservative coalition notes that the “strategy decision alone” was far less “troubling” than the “unethical and potentially illegal tactics employed by Henry Barbour’s PAC in its effort to solicit Democrat votes.”
Over the course of six bullet points that take up a full page in the three-page letter, the conservative coalition details those “unethical and potentially illegal” activities in which Henry Barbour and his pro-Cochran Super PAC partook. The first point, “casting illegal votes,” notes how Hinds County Democratic Party Executive Committee election coordinator Claude McInnis says that that county’s GOP executive committee Chairman Pete Perry and election commissioner Connie Cochran, the senator’s sister-in-law, “asked Democrats to help them ‘break the law’ by working together to have Democrats who had already voted in the June 3 Democratic primary vote again in the June 24 GOP runoff.”
The second point cites how Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole has alleged that Cochran allies used “walking around money” in a manner that sought to put cash on the streets in a sketchy get-out-the-vote operation.
The next three points in the letter detail how Henry Barbour’s group appears to be behind “race-baiting radio ads,” “race-baiting robo-calls,” and “race-baiting fliers” that were distributed throughout the black community ahead of the June 24 runoff election.
The sixth and final point in that section questions Henry Barbour’s group’s “questionable finances,” specifically raising concerns about the potentially illegal $250,000 bank loan the group received. “The Mississippi Conservatives PAC is the subject of multiple FEC complaints regarding a $250,000.00 illegal contribution in the form of a ‘loan’ from Trustmark Bank and the refusal to disclose the owner of the certificate of deposit that allegedly serves as the loan's collateral,” the conservative coalition letter reads. “The FEC currently has the matter under investigation.”
The group calls on Priebus to step in and ensure that this type of behavior is not allowed to continue.
The conservative leaders wrote:
These race-baiting robo-calls, race-baiting radio ads, race-baiting fliers, allegations of blatant violations of Mississippi election law, improper financial transactions, and old-fashioned “walking around money,” all paid for by the Super PAC directed by Mississippi Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour, amount to nothing less than the character assassination of Sen. McDaniel and his supporters. It cannot be tolerated.
If Priebus does nothing, they wrote, they will be forced to conclude he does not care if RNC rules are broken and unethical behavior is committed:
This is not how Republicans should run primary campaigns against other Republicans. The Republican National Committee, as the national infrastructure of the GOP, has a responsibility to police its own. If you do not take the minimum steps necessary to investigate these dishonest activities, disavow this conduct, and issue a formal censure or take other disciplinary action against those persons responsible, we will be left to conclude that you support the disregarding of RNC rules and the race-baiting smears directed at Sen. McDaniel and his supporters.
Spokespersons for Priebus at the RNC have not responded to Breitbart News’ request for comment in response to this letter.
The chairman of the Missouri Republican party, Ed Martin, is calling on RNC chairman Reince Priebus to appoint a special committee comprised of RNC members to investigate racially divisive ads that aired in Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel. Martin made the request in a letter to Priebus obtained by National Review Online, voicing concern that former RNC chairman Haley Barbour was behind the ads and that the tactics may have sullied the name of the RNC and Republicans generally.
An entity called Citizens for Progress, which is not registered with the Federal Election Commission, aired ads during the race claiming that McDaniel supporters had ties to the Ku Klux Klan and that the state senator, who is still challenging the outcome of the June 24 runoff, has a “racist agenda.”
They also warned that “‘if the Tea Party, with their racist ideas, win, we will be sent back to the ’50s and ’60s.” An article in the Daily Mail tried to trace the ads to a political-action committee founded by Haley Barbour and run by his nephew, Henry.
A robo-call whose origins have not been traced was also the subject of controversy. It targeted primarily African-American homes and urged citizens to vote for Cochran and to stand up against the Tea Party’s “disrespectful treatment of the country’s first African-American president.”
In his letter to Priebus, Martin zeroed in on Barbour’s potential support for the advertisements. “If one of our own members helped finance ads or robocalls that tarred Tea Partiers as a group as racists, I am sure that most RNC members would find that deeply offensive, indeed unacceptable,” he said. “We cannot object to the Left smearing conservatives with such labels if we do not rebuke those on our side who sink to such tactics.”
He asked that the committee investigate the origins of the ads in question and report back to RNC members on August 7, the day before the RNC’s general meeting on August 8.
McDaniel, meanwhile, continues to dispute the results of the election, which Cochran won by two points. His lawyer said yesterday that volunteers are reviewing all of the ballots cast in search of fraudulent votes and that the team is confident they will find the invalid votes necessary to force a redo of the runoff.
Team McDaniel claims they are rapidly approaching the magic number of 7,000 ineligible votes required to force a second runoff against Thad Cochran. After examining votes in 51 of the state’s 82 counties, they have found 4,900 such votes. With 31 counties and 19,000 absentee ballots to check, McDaniel may very well achieve the goal. Absentee ballots are where most voter fraud takes place.
If the McDaniel team can prove to the judge that at least 7,113 votes are invalid, by Mississippi law, Cochran’s win is invalidated and a new runoff election will be held. The Cochran team denies that there are that many ineligible votes. They say there might be a couple of hundred at best. Of course to believe that, you have to believe the campaign that ran robo calls asserting that McDaniel is a racist. They also deny that the campaign paid 15 dollars apiece to get democrats to vote for Cochran.
On Monday, the state GOP is expected to certify the results. After that, McDaniel can go to court and try to convince a judge that a new election should be held. If successful, there will be another election. However, if the vote buying is confirmed, Cochran would be disqualified and McDaniel becomes the new candidate. Mississippi law states that the candidate doesn’t have to know about the vote buying scam. He is held responsible regardless.
Noel Fritsch, who is a volunteer for Team McDaniel’s vote counting team was quoted saying:
“Volunteers have examined election records in 51 of Mississippi’s 82 counties, and have documented more than 4,900 voting irregularities, the vast majority of which are ineligible crossover votes.”
Thirty five thousand democrats voted in the runoff election, after numerous calls by the Cochran campaign for their support. Despite those numbers, the Cochran team declares that there is no proof that there was a surge of democrats who crossed over to vote in the runoff. There were approximately 376k votes, meaning democrats made up 9.5% of the voters. Is it just me or does that seem like a surge?
Some counties have not yet allowed McDaniel’s team to examine the voter logs. Once the count is certified, McDaniel can go to court and have a judge order them to open up their books. Mississippi law says that counties must allow inspection of the voter rolls.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, February 16, 2012
OHIO LIBERTY COUNCIL REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH IRS REQUEST
Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio Liberty Council today announce that it would refuse to comply with an IRS request for information concerning the organizations application for non-profit status which has been delayed for the past 18 months. The IRS was informed in a letter today from Ohio Liberty Council President, Tom Zawistowski, that said “We find that your requests are unreasonable, overly burdensome, intrusive and possibly politically motivated and that they have little to do with determining our organization’s qualifications for non-profit status. Instead we believe that your requests force our organization to either forfeit our First Amendment Rights to Free Political Speech and Freedom of Assembly or deny us the non-profit status we are entitled to under IRS regulations. Neither of which is acceptable.”
The letter went on to say “ Therefore, we hereby refuse to comply with your request. We have asked our Congressional Representatives to investigate your actions and intentions and we are exploring every legal means available to defend our rights. We answered all pertinent questions about our organization in our detailed original 1024 application in June of 2010 and see no reason why non-profit status should not be granted. We hereby request that our organization be granted non-profit status on the basis of that application without further delay.”
Zawistowski closed by saying “I defy any American to read this list of demands by the IRS and not be outraged. This is the kind personal information that this government is going to be demanding from your church, your doctor, your hospital, your business and your favorite charity going forward. This isn’t speculation, these documents prove it is actually happening and will continue - particularly under Obamacare. Like the Catholic Church, we will not comply, we will resist with all our might, and defend the Constitution.”
The Ohio Liberty Council is a council of leaders whose purpose is to unite conservative grassroots organizations for greater effectiveness in the state and nation, and to provide resources for member organizations to strengthen their groups. The OLC currently has over 75 liberty-minded groups across Ohio who are members of its coalition.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Article V Convention of States
To be Debated at 2013 WTPC in Columbus
KENT, OH - Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention, announced today that the 2013 We the People Convention will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Columbus, OH. A main focus of the 2013 WTPC will be a two hour presentation and discussion concerning the possibility of holding an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of Amending the United States Constitution. In making the announcement, Zawistowski said "Today, Ohio Representative Matt Huffman and 30 co-sponsors filed a proposed Resolution (H.J.R. 7) that calls for a convention of states in which a balance budget amendment to the US Constitution could be proposed. Ohio Governor John Kasich has also announced his support for such an amendment. The problem is that most citizens, and even most legislators, have little understanding of how an Article V Convention of States would work. Many who do understand it have serious questions that need to be answered before they can support this effort. That is one of the things we hope to accomplish at the 2013 We the People Convention. We are bringing in experts to explain how an Article V Convention would work to answer the concerns of many conservatives who fear a "run-away" convention."
Other issues important to Ohio, such as Medicaid Expansion, CommonCore, Voter ID laws, and others, will also be covered at the one day event. Zawistowski added, "We have had solid attendance at each of the previous two We the People Conventions and we think this year's attendance will be even better with all the key issues in Ohio on the program. The Medicaid Expansion fight is coming to a head right now and many people are very interested in CommonCore and the idea of passing a Voter ID law in Ohio. Congress is going to be considering the Immigration reform bill and the option of defunding ObamaCare and those will also be discussed. The interest in all these topics is sky high and we are pleased to be able to provide a forum for concerned citizen to learn about all of them at this year's We the People Convention."
The WTPC is non-partisan event that is open to all citizens who support individual liberty and freedom and accept the responsibility of citizens to participate in there own self-governance as provided in the Ohio and US Constitutions. Tickets for the 2013 WTPC went on sale today online at http://WethePeopleConventionTickets.eventbrite.com for only $37.50 each.
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Tea Party groups are barnstorming state capitals across the country to stop an Obama administration-backed initiative to impose federal math and English education standards on public schools. Though conservatives have long argued that state and local officials can best make decisions on K-12 education, the Tea Party's opposition to the federal program -- Common Core State Standards -- represents a pivot for the movement, which started in 2009 to promote lower taxes and smaller government. And they are making gains, as some states consider putting the program on hold.
"We have a renewed sense of vigor," Lee Ann Burkholder, founder of the 9/12 Patriots in York, Pa., told FoxNews.com. "And when it comes to your kids or grandkids, people really get fired up."
The Tea Party is already riled up following revelations that the IRS had been singling out its groups over the past few years. On the education issue, Burkholder said her group held a meeting this spring that attracted 400 people, double the usual number. The meeting was followed by a bus trip to the state capital in which members wore matching T-shirts and pressed their case to lawmakers.
Groups have pressured state legislatures and school boards from Michigan to Georgia to drop their support or defund the bipartisan-backed program they've dubbed "ObamaCore," putting heat on Republican governors in particular. It's not so much the actual standards they object to but the fact that it's coming from Washington as opposed to the state level, and could lead to tracking student data across the country.
Lawmakers, include several seeking reelection, have taken notice, especially after hearing about Tea Party groups vowing to back challengers to those who continue to support Common Core. Seven state legislatures purportedly have proposed legislation to at least delay implementation. And two states with Republican governors -- Indiana and Pennsylvania -- have put the program on hold.
In addition, Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, up for reelection in 2014, issued an executive order last month titled Reaffirming State Sovereignty over Education that in part said: "No educational standards shall be imposed on Georgia by the federal government." Deal later told The Washington Post: "We didn't see it coming with the intensity that it is, apparently all across the country."
Common Core was designed by governors and state education officials with input from teachers and others, with much of its funding coming from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. So far, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards, which are scheduled to go into effect next year.
The Tea Party effort got a boost when FreedomWorks got involved. The well-funded national group has devoted a variety of resources to raising awareness about the issue, an effort that includes putting several information pages on its website and hosting a national teleconference Wednesday night.
"Common Core dictates what (teachers) teach, how they teach it and when they teach it," Whitney Neal, a FreedomWorks grassroots organizer, said. "Every child is treated the same." However, Common Core states the program only sets standards for math and English language arts, not a national curriculum, and says teachers play a big role. "Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met," the group says on its website. "Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms."
Neal and others suggest states were pigeonholed into accepting the program so they could get much-needed Race to the Top education grants in Obama's 2009 stimulus package. And they are concerned about the gathering of student-assessment data for comparison among students, schools, districts and states.
"It's very creepy," Neal said.
Potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush has landed in the middle of the controversy.
A champion of education reform, including support of home schooling and school vouchers, he has essentially asked lawmakers to resist the Tea Party pressure.
"The Common Cause State Standards are clear and straight forward," he told business leaders last month in Michigan. "Do not pull back. Please do not pull back from high, lofty standards."