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Citizens United President David Bossie on Fox and Friends

Citizens United President appeared on Fox and Friends on September 19, 2018 to discuss a series of "accomplishment oriented ads" that Citizens United is launching nationwide. 


In Fox News interview with CU Pres. David Bossie, Laura Ingraham describes Bossie as “one of the most influential players in Republican politics”

In Fox News interview with CU Pres. David Bossie, Laura Ingraham describes Bossie as “one of the most influential players in Republican politics.”


Lifezette: Time to Unify, Conservative Leaders Tell the GOP Establishment

An obsession over President Donald Trump among some Establishment Republican circles threatens to sink the entire party in November, conservative leaders warned Thursday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

On paper, the Senate offers an opportunity for Republicans to pick up seats, with Democratic incumbents’ seeking re-election in states that Trump won by double digits in 2016.

But the GOP could not only let those chances fall through the cracks. It could actually also lose control of the upper chamber if infighting prevents a strong turnout for vulnerable Republican incumbents such as Dean Heller of Nevada and Ted Cruz of Texas.

“We all know the anti-Trump base is coming out,” said Ari Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary under George W. Bush. “Like it or not, this is a nationalized election. There’s no dodging it, and the Trump base needs to show up in presidential year numbers, not off-year numbers.”

David Bossie, president of the activist group Citizens United, said Democrats never seem to let party squabbles divide them when to comes to general elections.

“The Left is always good at standing together, no matter awkward it may be,” he told host Laura Ingraham on the Fox News show. “Look, the Republicans really need to — they have 54 days to decide whether or not they want to continue to have control of the House and of the Senate.”

Bossie criticized Republican leaders including Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee for never seeming to miss a chance to knock Trump, even though neither is seeking re-election due to their unpopularity back home.

“Trump Derangement Syndrome amongst some of these Republicans is really unfortunate,” he said. “Look, Flake and Corker should be out there campaigning for candidates across their states and across the country. And instead, they’re not. They’re out there attacking this president and undermining his great policy positions, these great economic numbers that we have.”

Fleischer agreed.

“Why do they have to keep stirring this pot?” he asked. “You know, I understand how the press can put a microphone in front of a politician and say, ‘Will you say something anti-Trump?’ and they run to do it. It’s not constructive.”

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Lifezette: Bossie Tells McConnell ‘to Go Nuclear’ on Border Security After Tibbetts Murder

President Donald Trump should tell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "to go nuclear" to pass immigration reforms by ending the 60-vote supermajority threshold after Mollie Tibbetts' murder, David Bossie said Wednesday on Fox News' "The Story With Martha MacCallum."

"So if I was advising this president, I would say, 'Tell Mitch McConnell to go nuclear.' You have to say this is a national security issue, a simple majority of the Senate to pass border security," said Bossie, who was Trump's deputy campaign manager in 2016.

McConnell can change Senate rules with a simple majority vote of the chamber.

Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was reported missing last month. The five-week manhunt that ensued concluded in tragedy Tuesday when Rivera led authorities to a body believed to be hers.

Suspected murderer Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an illegal immigrant, told authorities he saw her jogging, got out of his car and ran alongside her, causing her to feel threatened. She said she was going to call the police, at which point Rivera said he blacked out. He then led authorities to her body.

Rivera worked for four years at Yarrabee Farms in Iowa using false identification, according to the farm's co-owner. Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder, and his bond was set at $5 million.

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WSJ: The Free Speech States

What do Alabama, Nebraska, Oregon and Utah have in common?

America’s media are obsessed with Washington, but in our federal system much of the law-writing takes place in the 50 states. This is one reason to welcome a new index detailing how well each state protects the First Amendment right to engage in political speech.

The Institute for Free Speech this week will release its first Free Speech Index, which is a report card on how every state treats political contributions. The ranking is based on the limits a state places on a person or group’s right to donate to political candidates. The scores rank from 0% to 100% and compare contribution limits based on factors such as population.

The results confound the normal blue-red divide. The top five finishers, all with a 100% score, are: Alabama, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Virginia. All “permit individuals, political parties, and PACs to contribute unlimited sums to the candidates, parties, and causes of their choice,” and ditto for unions and corporations. This should be a clue that allowing people to donate money in politics is not a fast lane to rule by Republicans.

The bottom feeders are notable, too, and a shout out to New Jersey for finishing 34th, instead of its usual dead last on any index about freedom. The least free are another odd assembly: Maryland, Colorado, Alaska, West Virginia and Kentucky. Alaska’s limits are so stringent that they’re caught up in federal court. In Colorado, individuals can donate a mere $200 to a state legislature seat. Only Montana’s limit is lower.

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Wash Times: Obama aide started Christopher Steele-FBI Alliance

A senior Barack Obama State Department official gave the green light to an FBI agent in 2016 to meet with dossier writer Christopher Steele, a meeting that touched off a relationship that would fuel the ongoing investigation into possible Donald Trump-Russia election collusion.

And, the sensational Steele allegation that led to an FBI wiretap on Trump volunteer Carter Page came from “pillow talk” with the lover of a Kremlin official, a new book says.

The disclosure that Victoria Nuland started the process is contained in “Russian Roulette,” a new book out on Tuesday by Yahoo News report Michael Isikoff and Mother Jones magazine’s David Corn.

Two committees, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, are investigating how Obama officials promoted Mr. Steele’s 35-page dossier. It makes a series of criminal charges against President Trump and his associates, contending there was an “extensive conspiracy” between them and the Kremlin. This supposed collusion has not been substantiated publicly. House Intelligence committee republicans on Monday said their 14-month investigation found no collusion.

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Reuters: Citizens United loses free speech appeal over New York donor rules

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday threw out a constitutional challenge by the conservative group Citizens United to New York state’s requirement that registered charities disclose their donors annually.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected claims that the requirement violated the First Amendment because it intimidated donors from contributing, cutting off money needed to conduct free speech, and was a prior restraint on the ability to solicit donations.

Writing for a 3-0 panel, Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler said New York has important interests in stopping fraud and abuse by charities, and requiring them to disclose names, addresses and contributions of their largest donors makes enforcement easier.

“While we think it plausible that some donors will find it intolerable for law enforcement officials to know where they have made donations, we see no reason to believe that this risk of speech chilling is more than that which comes with any disclosure regulation,” Pooler wrote.

The court also found no reason to believe that New York and its Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, enforced the disclosure requirement “in anything but a uniformly content-neutral fashion.”

Citizens United was also the plaintiff in the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case allowing unlimited independent spending by corporations and labor unions in election campaigns.

It advocates for limited government, free enterprise and strong families.

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Wash Times: Eight years after Obama’s unusual State of the Union attack, Citizens United endures

The Capitol’s chambers are no strangers to violence, though fortunately the anniversary of the last canings has passed the sesquicentennial mark. It was only eight years ago, however, that President Obama chose to go after Supreme Court justices in that arena.  The occasion was his first State of the Union address and the topic was Citizens United, a case the justices had decided in a 5-4 ruling a week earlier, dealing an uppercut to the campaign finance reform movement by ruling that interest groups’ political spending is protected speech under the First Amendment.

The decision rocked politics, and Mr. Obama predicted it would “open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.” In the first election after the ruling, spending did soar. Cash in congressional races leaped 46 percent and continued to tick up in the years since. But spending on presidential elections has dropped since the ruling, challenging Mr. Obama prediction of runaway campaigns.

“I think the impact was enormously exaggerated by opponents of the decision right from the beginning,” said lawyer Ted Olson, who argued the case before the Supreme Court on behalf of the plaintiffs.

That was about what Citizens United expected when it went to court in the first place. In 2008, the conservative group tried to air a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton, who at that time was the favorite to win the Democratic nomination for president. The group wanted to run ads touting the film and its blockbuster title, “Hillary: The Movie.” At the time, however, federal law prohibited a corporation from airing the ads, deeming them anti-Clinton electioneering subject to the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance restrictions.

“When we first got to the Supreme Court, our main interest was just to show the documentary and some ads,” said Michael Boos, the executive vice president and general counsel of Citizens United. Conservatives — including President George W. Bush, who signed it into law — believed the courts would declare McCain-Feingold unconstitutional, eliminating its prohibition of corporations using their “general treasury” dollars to fund any “electioneering communications” within 30 days before a primary and 60 days before a general election.

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CU President David Bossie discusses President Trump’s accomplishments on the one year anniversary of his inauguration on Fox & Friends

CU President David Bossie discusses President Trump’s accomplishments on the one year anniversary of his inauguration on Fox & Friends


WaPo: Bossie: Don't believe Michael Wolff's trashy efforts to undermine Trump

David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United, was deputy campaign manager of the Trump campaign and deputy executive director of the Trump presidential transition team.

At about 2:20 a.m. the morning after Election Day, Kellyanne Conway’s cellphone rang. It was the Associated Press calling the 2016 presidential election for the ultimate political outsider, Donald J. Trump. When the call came there were about a dozen of us, senior campaign staff, along with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), his wife and the Trump family in the residence atop Trump Tower. I remember standing near Melania Trump after Conway shared the news. Mrs. Trump was ecstatic that her husband had just been elected the 45th president of the United States. All of us were. I don’t remember Michael Wolff being in the room.

This week’s effort to undermine President Trump and his administration comes in the form of Wolff’s trashy, headline-grabbing book, “Fire and Fury,” which first lady Melania Trump correctly said belongs in the “bargain fiction section.” The explosive allegations in the book attributed to former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon are disappointing to many, including me. Bannon must have realized the distraction that such inflammatory rhetoric would do to the momentum of the Trump agenda that’s finally being achieved for the American people. It is inexcusable.

In our own recent book, “Let Trump Be Trump,” Corey Lewandowski and I offered a firsthand account of a campaign the likes of which this country had never seen. From the Mobile, Ala., “Trumpmania” event in August 2015 to our last stop in Grand Rapids, Mich., early on Election Day, Trump’s rallies were the driving force of his campaign. Millions of people packed arenas around the country, often standing in line for hours, to see their candidate.

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