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CLBF Presentation 1-15-12

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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:

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2012 12:47

Stevenot Decides Not to Run for Governor

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Press Release
For Immediate Release: Saturday, January 4, 2014
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 in 1999, 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.
Paid for or authorized by Friends of Ted Stevenot, Magda Dawson Treasurer, 629 Old State Route 74., Suite 101, Cincinnati, OH 45244

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:05

OLC Refused to Comply with IRS Request

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Ohio Liberty Council

2531 Tiller Lane • Columbus, OH • 43231 • 740-837-4593 • 216-342-1147 (Fax)




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thursday, February 16, 2012






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.




2103 We the People Convention

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Next Monthly Meeting: September 17th, 7:00 PM, Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna

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We the People Convention
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.




Last Updated on Sunday, 08 September 2013 14:02

Support our Seven Conservative Reps!

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You can still donate today and get a tax credit!

If you Donate Today online or mail your check dated 12/31/13 you still qualify for a 2013 Ohio Income Tax Credit:
We are counting down the end of 2013, a year politically we will be happy to kiss goodbye.  However, we have one last chance to use 2013 to benefit ourselves and our movement. We have been talking about it all month, that we must support the seven Conservative Ohio Representatives listed below who supported us, and this is your last chance to do so. The good news is that if you give online at the links below, or if you mail a check today, dated today, you can get a credit on you 2013 Ohio Income Tax.
Now, you can either do nothing but complain about the growth of governement and rising debt and all the rest, or you can do something about it. Why would you allow $50 or $100 of your money to be taken by the state in taxes to be used for programs and policies you do not support, when you can instead give that money to a Conservative representative who will vote to end those programs and change those policies? All you have to do is write a check or make and online donation Today and you can make a difference.
I have asked people to give the maximum $50 per individual or $100 per couple contribution that is tax deductible, but I want to make it clear that I need you to give something so they know that you are standing with them.  Give a dollar to each of them of $5 or whatever you can give, but give it NOW before the end of the year. That being said, you can give up to $12,155 per year if you want, and if you can, I hope you will before the end of this year, so you can do it again next year. But only the first $50/$100 can be deducted from your state income tax. Again we are trying to make a statment. So, do your part to make your statement that you stand with those who stand with us!

If you have not yet made your tax deductible contribution to one or more of our seven conservative representatives mail your check TODAY or click the link to go to the candidates website and DONATE ONLINE: 

Support our Seven Conservative Candidates:
Please watch this 3 minute video about why every conservative in Ohio needs to use their Ohio Tax Credit to support and defend the representatives who have stood with our movement.
Matt Lynch - Ohio House: Geauga/Portage County
Lynch for Ohio Committee
17392 Sugar Hill Trail, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023
Ron Young - Ohio House: Lake County
Friends of Ron Young, 9110 Tyler Blvd, Mentor, OH 44060
Kristina Roegner - Ohio House: Summit County
Kristina Roegner for Ohio, 2222 East Streetsboro Rd., Hudson, OH 44236
Ron Hood - Ohio House: Hocking/Fairfield/Pickway Counties
Ron Hood for Ohio, 14553 Walnut Creek Pike, Ashville, OH  43103
John Becker - Ohio House: Clermont County
Friends of Becker ,925 Locust Ln., Cincinnati, OH 45245-1313
Nino Vitale Ohio House: Champaign/Shelby/Logan Counties
(John Adams is term limited)
Friends to Elect Nino Vitale, 4940 Benson Road, Urbana, OH 43078
Kris Jordan - Ohio Senate: Delaware/Knox Counties
Friends of Kris Jordan, 7740 Marysville Road, Ostrander, OH 43061
Tom Zawistowski
Executive Director
It’s this simple. If you do not give your tax dollars to a conservative candidate you support, the state is just going to take it from you and spend it on the very things we are trying to stop! Send in your check today and then deduct it from your 2013 state income tax!


Last Updated on Saturday, 04 January 2014 23:58

TEA Party fights against CommonCore

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Tea Party groups make gains

against 'ObamaCore' education program


Published June 09, 2013



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."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/09/tea-party-groups-make-gains-against-obamacore-education-program/#ixzz2VvHbrn9h

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 23:45

John Fund Speech at WTPC 2012

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2012 08:52

FreedomWorks Sponsors Convention

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We the People Convention, Inc.
4682 State Route 43 • Kent, Ohio • 44240 • 866-427-9257 • 330-673-4672(Fax)
For Immediate Release - May 25, 2012
FreedomWorks Announces Sponsorship of 2012 Convention
Columbus, Ohio - FreedomWorks announced today that they will be a major sponsor of this year’s “We the People Convention” in Columbus, OH.  The sponsorship includes providing special guest speaker, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund for the luncheon on Friday, June 29, 2012. He will be joined at the luncheon by FreedomWorks Chairman and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Matt Kibbe, the President and CEO of FreedomWorks.
In addition, the FreedomWorks staff will also be hosting important training sessions throughout the day on Friday. Topics and speakers include
     EPA and the Environment, Dr. Wayne Brough, Chief Economist
     ObamaCare Replacement, Dean Clancy,  Health Policy Expert 
     Online Marketing Training, Michael Duncan, Communications Manager
     School Choice, David Spielman, Campaigns Coordinator
     Get Out The Vote 101, Brendan Steinhauser, Campaigns Director 
In making the announcement, Matt Kibbe said, “With so many pressing issues facing our country, and the November elections coming up fast, FreedomWorks is excited to join with local groups across Ohio to help beat back Big Government.  The “We the People Convention” will give activists an opportunity to come together and learn how to win in November.” 


We the People Convention President, Tom Zawistowski, said “We are extremely thankful to FreedomWorks for their support of the We the People Convention. Their involvement will take the convention to a new level of education and enthusiasm. Last year’s event was a huge success and this year it looks like it will be twice as big. The importance of the 2012 election has conservatives excited to learn about the important issues facing our state and nation and they are anxious to get organized at the convention to elect conservative candidates at all levels of government.”
About We the People Convention:
The purpose of this statewide convention shall be: to recruit, educate, and motivate Ohio citizens at the grassroots level to perform their constitutionally defined role in the governance of their townships, municipalities, counties, as well as in our state and nation, by providing opportunities, knowledge, and training to ensure limited constitutional governance.  We the People Convention, Inc., is a state registered 501 (c) 4 non-profit educational organization based in Columbus, charged with assembling the convention. For more information on “We the People Convention,” visit www.WethePeopleConvention.org or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 1-866-427-9257.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 May 2012 10:53

Heritage Foundation Renews Sponsorship

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We the People Convention, Inc.


June 13, 2012



For Immediate Release

Contact: Tom Zawistowski


Heritage Foundation Returns as Sponsor of 2012 Convention


Columbus, Ohio – The Heritage Foundation, the nation’s leading conservative policy research organization, announced today that it will be a major sponsor of this year’s “We the People Convention” to be held June 29 and 30 at Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. 


The announcement comes only days after Heritage’s release of “Changing America’s Course,” a short book by Heritage scholar Matthew Spalding that describes what’s at stake and points the way to a brighter future of opportunity and independence.


Spalding, Heritage’s vice president for American Studies, said: “Heritage is delighted to be a part of We the People, where fellow concerned citizens are gathering peacefully in the cause of liberty. We share their hopes of convincing political leaders that soaring debt, mounting national security challenges and the nation’s other problems are by no means insurmountable once confronted by the character and strength of the American people.”


The Washington-based think tank, which also was a sponsor of last year’s gathering, brings the expertise of nearly 40 years of developing and promoting policy solutions anchored in the bedrock of America’s founding principles. Heritage’s sponsorship includes key staffers’ participation in breakout sessions, among them:


Alison Fraserdirector of Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, on 
“Saving the American Dream: The Heritage Plan to Fix the Debt, Cut Spending, and Restore Prosperity”

David Azerrad, associate director of Heritage’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics (where Spalding is director), on “We Still Hold These Truths” and “The Progressive Liberal Assault on the Founders’ Principles.”

Russ Vought, political director of Heritage Action for America, the think tank’s political action arm.



Heritage’s presence also will be dramatic because the 45-foot Values Bus, co-sponsored by Family Research Council during their Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote national tour, will be on the scene. Visitors will be able to meet Heritage staffers and take home materials on how to help save the American Dream.


Tom Zawistowski, president of We the People Convention, said: “We are truly thankful to our friends at Heritage for their continued support. Heritage’s resources and expertise are helping propel this summer’s convention to new heights of energy and enthusiasm as well as education. The importance of the 2012 election has conservatives excited to learn about the important issues facing our state and nation.”


About We the People Convention:

The purpose of this statewide convention shall be: to recruit, educate, and motivate Ohio citizens at the grassroots level to perform their constitutionally defined role in the governance of their townships, municipalities, counties, as well as in our state and nation, by providing opportunities, knowledge, and training to ensure limited constitutional governance. We the People Convention, Inc., is a state registered 501 (c) 4 non-profit educational organization based in Columbus, charged with assembling the convention. For more information on “We the People Convention,” visit www.WethePeopleConvention.org or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 1-866-427-9257.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 16:06

Battle for Ohio Begins Saturday

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The Battle for Wisconsin

is Won for now!!!

The Battle for Ohio

Begins on Saturday!!!

Next Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Maplewood Career Center - Ravenna - 7:00 PM

Candidates Night for Ohio House - Open to the Public

See the new Fair and Festival Tent on Display!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 16:07


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