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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Akron, OH - The 4th Annual We the People Convention will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. The event is a meeting of TEA Party, social conservative, and fiscal conservative activist from around Ohio. We the People Convention President, Tom Zawistowski, said "This year's Convention is like none we have held before. It will put the TEA Party Movement on a positive path forward that will result in the American people re-claiming the electoral process from the monied special interests in order to restore representative governance and thus liberty and prosperity for all citizens. As we have seen in Ohio during 2014, the two dominant political parties have once again orchestrated an election in which their will be no debate, no discussions of issues that concern the citizens of Ohio, and in effect no choice for voters on the ballot. You can vote for anyone you want, as long as they decide who can be on the ballot. This Convention is intent on making sure that does not happen in the future starting in 2015 and 2016."
Zawistowski went on to say, "This year's convention has two tracks. First, we will be training citizen candidates and citizens who can fill positions on campaign staffs, since the major parties threaten and intimidate staff professionals so they will not work with our candidates. This part of the Convention is being taught by the Leadership Institute from Washington, DC, and they are the best in the business. The second part of the convention features speakers like Charlie Kirk from Turning Point USA who will help us understand how to get the conservative message out to high school and college students. Dr. Tim Johnson from the Frederick Douglass Foundation will talk about how we can better reach out to minority populations. Then Bill Norton from TEA Party Patriots will make a presentation on how we can better message to people outside of the TEA Party Movement. Other speakers include Congressman Jim Jordan, Radio Host Ron Ponder from WHBC in Canton, Greg Lawson from the Buckeye Institute, Ted Stevenot from Ohio Rising and Ohio Representative John Adams."
Zawistowski concluded by saying, "While the Ohio TEA Party Movement has found this hopeful path forward for America through it's own efforts to participate in and understand the political process, and what is wrong with our electoral process, much of what will be done on Saturday is detailed in the book "Takeover" by Richard Viguerie. It was gratifying to read Mr. Viguerie's 100 year history of the Conservative movement when his book came out this year, and to find out that in Ohio we have been, and are doing, exactly what he suggest we do to restore the Republican Party to the values laid out in it's National Party Platform. Our path to greater liberty and prosperity for all citizens is clearly laid out and we are committed to following that path, until once again our government at all levels works for the good of all the people instead of for a few monied special interest groups."
Tickets for both the Convention and the Leadership Institute training can be purchased atwww.WethePeopleConvention.org and can be purchased at the door. General admission tickets are $60 and the Leadership institute Training is only $35 including lunch. Registration Saturday goes from 7:00 AM until 8:30 AM at the Union Ballroom on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
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.
A push is being led by a St. Louis area tea party group to encourage people to shop at Ferguson businesses. view full article
Despite the civil unrest in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, it appears some good is taking place too. The rioting, looting, and vandalism affecting local businesses there has garnered national attention, causing the St. Louis Tea Party to realize they could make a difference for the shop owners left in the debris.
The Tea Party group created a Facebook event called “BUYcott Ferguson,” inviting people to support the local businesses in Ferguson on August 21. They hoped for 20 people to participate; but, according to tea party member Bill Hennessy, around 40 “(mostly) white people” showed up and took part in the cause.
The goal was to provide support – both financially and emotionally – to the small businesses that were affected the most by the violence and vandalism.
On his blog, Hennessy shared the story of a salon owner as well as a conversation he had with someone there who was surprised by the kind actions of the tea party members:
I met Dellena. Dellena owns the 911 Beauty Salon on West Florissant in Dellwood. Her landlord got foreclosed on, which meant she lost her home, just before the riots. So she moved all her inventory from her house to the store. Then the riots happened, and they took her inventory.
God bless Dellena.
I insisted on buying something–all the people in the salon were so happy and kind. She didn’t have much for white guy gray hair, but she took the time to pull together some gift bags. Then she didn’t want money, but I made her take it.
A gentleman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.”
“Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?”
“Oh, yeah,” I said. “we don’t want to see Ferguson go south.”
He laughed. And he looked at me. Then he was quiet, lost in thought for a minute. When he came out of it, he was like our best friend. Laughing, giving us crap about stuff, telling stories. He admitted baseball can be like “watching grass grow.”
In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile “tea party” with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing.
That moment made the whole event worthwhile.
The St. Louis Tea Party plans to go back for another BUYcott this Labor Day weekend. If you are anywhere within driving distance to Ferguson, consider taking part in this inspiring and uplifting event. It’s making a difference in the lives of people who have lost more than many of us can fathom.
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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