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Citizens United Announces Mr. Donald Trump as Speaker for The South Carolina Freedom Summit.

Greenville, SC – Citizens United President David N. Bossie announced today that Mr. Donald Trump will speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville on Saturday, May 9th.

The Summit will feature remarks from Mr. Trump in addition to Governor Scott Walker; Senator Marco Rubio; Senator Ted Cruz; Dr. Ben Carson; Mrs. Carly Fiorina; Senator Rick Santorum; Governor Rick Perry; Former Senator Jim DeMint; Former Ambassador John Bolton, Governor George Pataki; Governor Bobby Jindal; Former Representative Jeff Landry; NH State Representative William O’Brien; Representative Steve King; Representative Marsha Blackburn; Representative Nick Mulvaney; and Representative Mark Sanford. Additional speakers will be announced in the near future. For more information, please visit: http://www.scfreedomsummit.com/

WHO: Mr. Donald Trump

WHAT: Citizens United South Carolina Freedom Summit

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015

WHERE: The Peace Center Concert Hall, 101 W. Broad Street,

Greenville, SC, 29601

For media credentials please email: Press@CitizensUnited.org

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Statement From David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United

"The outdated and predictable Clinton attacks on Peter Schweizer's much anticipated book, "Clinton Cash" are a blast from the past, just like the Clinton's themselves.

Throughout the scandal-plagued Clinton Administration, when damaging information was about to become public the Clinton attack machine would crank into high gear.

First you smear the author, then you smear the media for reporting on the book, then you call the allegations old news, and then you say the allegations amount to a political witch hunt that are 100percent false. This would happen every time, like clockwork. All these years later - what we all now know - is that this means what's in the book is true.

Every American who cares about the future of their country should read this book."

David Bossie bio:

Citizens United President David N. Bossie previously served as Chief Investigator for the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during the Clinton Administration.

In this capacity, Bossie led the way on several high profile investigations during the scandal-plagued 1990s, such as Whitewater, Travelgate, and the campaign finance probe, which resulted in more than 100 individuals fleeing the country or invoking the 5th Amendment.

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Citizens United Announces Senator Marco Rubio as Speaker for The South Carolina Freedom Summit.

Greenville, SC – Citizens United President David N. Bossie announced today that Senator Marco Rubio will speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville on Saturday, May 9th.

The Summit will feature remarks from Senator Rubio in addition to Governor Scott Walker; Dr. Ben Carson; Senator Ted Cruz; Mr. Donald Trump; Carly Fiorina; Senator Rick Santorum; Governor Rick Perry; Former Senator Jim DeMint; Former Ambassador John Bolton, Governor George Pataki; Senator Lindsey Graham; Former Congressman Jeff Landry; NH State Representative William O’Brien; Representative Steve King; Representative Marsha Blackburn; Representative Nick Mulvaney; Representative Mark Sanford; and Governor Bobby Jindal. Additional speakers will be announced in the near future. For more information, please visit: http://www.scfreedomsummit.com/

WHO: Senator Marco Rubio

WHAT: Citizens United South Carolina Freedom Summit

WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 2015

WHERE: The Peace Center Concert Hall, 101 W. Broad Street,

Greenville, SC, 29601

For media credentials please email: Press@CitizensUnited.org

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Citizens United Files New FOIA Lawsuit Against State Department

Washington, DC - Today, Citizens United filed a lawsuit to compel the Department of State to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) and release documents in response to four FOIA requests that Citizens United has filed.

"History taught us one thing about Hillary Clinton, it takes a court order for her to play by the same set of rules as everyone else,” said, David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “Last Friday, United States District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the release of documents relating to Hillary Clinton’s overseas travel while serving as Secretary of State. Today, we urge the District Court to compel the release of additional documents in response to FOIA requests that have gone unfilled for 10 months.”

On May 15, 2014 Citizens United filed a FOIA request for communications between Kris Balderston and Teneo Consulting founder Doug Band. The State Department, by law had twenty working days (June 13, 2014) to produce any and all responsive documents, unless they were subject to an exemption from FOIA.

On July 29, 2014 Citizens United filed three FOIA requests. The first request sought correspondence between Huma Abedin and Teneo Consulting officials. The second request sought correspondence between Cheryl Mills and officials at the Clinton Foundation. The third request sought correspondence between Huma Abedin and Clinton Foundation officials.

The State Department failed to produce any substantive response to Citizens United’s requests by the August 26, 2014 statutory deadline.

As of March 16, 2015 the State Department has failed to produce any records in response to these Citizens United FOIA requests. Citizens United’s only recourse is to ask the Court to compel the Department of State to comply with the law.


Former New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien to speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit

Greenville, SC – Today, Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan are pleased to announce that former House Speaker and New Hampshire Representative William O’Brien will speak at the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015.

“It is Citizens United’s pleasure to host former House Speaker O’Brien at our South Carolina Freedom Summit this coming May. With momentum and success from our previous Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines and New Hampshire Freedom Summit in Manchester, it is a fantastic opportunity to organize conservative leaders and supporters at this exciting grassroots event,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “This event is free of charge and focuses on how America can get back on the right path by highlighting guest speakers who will talk about economic growth, social conservatism, and a strong national defense. We look forward to former House Speaker O’Brien joining us and hearing his ideas on conservative fundamentals.”

“It is my absolute pleasure to join Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan for the South Carolina Freedom Summit on May 9th,” says former House Speaker O’Brien. “Now, more than ever, is the time to really set the path for 2016. It’s imperative and necessary for conservative leaders to express different ideas and solutions on conservative philosophy and leadership. After witnessing the great success from the previous Citizens United Freedom Summits, I am excited to participate in this grassroots experience.“

The summit will feature remarks from former House Speaker O’Brien and confirmed speakers Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center in Greenville. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future.

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Citizens United files FOIA request with State Department

Requesting former Secretary Clinton’s private schedules

Washington, D.C. –Today, Citizens United filed a FOIA request with the Department of State. The language of the request is below:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

According to public reporting, Secretary Hillary Clinton maintained a private schedule.1 During Secretary Clinton’s tenure, Lona Valmoro and Linda Dewan served as the Secretary’s schedulers.

The records I request can be described as follows:

Any and all records, in any format, that concern, mention, or reference a schedule, appointment, event, appearance, or any other anticipated commitment of presence or communication be it known by any other name, of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that was created by, sent by, and/or sent to, Secretary Clinton and/or the Secretary’s schedulers Lona Valmoro and/or Linda Dewan.

Where exemptions to the Freedom Of Information Act are discretionary, I ask you not withhold such records, even if they might qualify for withholding under the law. If you withhold any records as exempt, please redact the exempted portions and release the remainder of the records. Please release all reasonably segregable material. In any case where you withhold any records, please explain in writing any such denial.

Time Period: January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013

1. See, “The White House had instructed Hillary’s highly trusted personal scheduler, Lona Valmoro, to list only ‘meeting’ on the private schedule distributed to her aides. It was an unusual notation.” Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, HRC, Random House, 2015, p. 233


Congressman Steve King to speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit

Greenville, SC – Today, Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan are pleased to announce that Iowa Representative Steve King will speak at the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015.

“Citizens United is excited and honored to once again to have Congressman King join us for our South Carolina Freedom Summit this coming May. With momentum and success from our previous partnership at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines and then the New Hampshire Freedom Summit in Manchester, it has never been a better time to organize conservative leaders and supporters at this exciting grassroots event,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United “This is a free event, focusing on how America can get back on the right path by highlighting guest speakers who will talk about economic growth, social conservatism, and a strong national defense. We are eager to host Congressman King and look forward to his appearance and conservative ideas.”

“During the Iowa Freedom Summit, I mentioned that it is exactly the right time to bring our national leaders to Iowa to hear them cast a conservative vision for our Nation’s future,” said Congressman Steve King. “Now, we are coming together in South Carolina for conservatives around the nation to engage, evaluate leaders, and to further the conservative agenda. The South Carolina Freedom Summit will further energize conservatives and continue the caucus and primary season in earnest. I’m very glad to join Citizens United and Representative Jeff Duncan this unique opportunity in South Carolina this coming May.” Congressman King will speak with confirmed speakers Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center in Greenville. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future

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Governor Pataki to speak at the South Carolina Freedom Summit

Greenville, SC – Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan are pleased to announce that Governor George Pataki will speak at the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015.

“Citizens United is excited and honored to have Governor Pataki join us for our South Carolina Freedom Summit this coming May. With momentum and success from our previous Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines and New Hampshire Freedom Summit in Manchester, it has never been a better time to organize conservative leaders and supporters at this exciting grassroots event,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United “This is a free event, focusing on how America can get back on the right path by highlighting guest speakers who will talk about economic growth, social conservatism, and a strong national defense. We are excited to host Governor Pataki and look forward to his ideas on conservative principles.”

“It’s an honor to be invited to the Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan South Carolina Freedom Summit on May 9th,” says Governor Pataki. “From an expansive federal government to a ‘lead from behind’ dangerous foreign policy, it’s high noon for American freedom. Leading up to 2016, it’s important for potential candidates to articulate how conservative policies and leadership will set our nation back on the right track. After seeing the tremendous success of previous Citizens United Freedom Summits, I look forward to this grassroots experience and speaking directly to the great people of South Carolina.”

The summit will feature remarks from Governor Pataki and confirmed speakers Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center in Greenville. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future.

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Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan Announce South Carolina Freedom Summit

Greenville, SC – Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan will host the “South Carolina Freedom Summit” in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday, May 9th 2015. The summit will feature remarks from Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rick Santorum, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn and will be held at the Peace Center. Additional speakers to be announced in the near future.

“Citizens United is excited to join Congressman Jeff Duncan to bring the Freedom Summit series to Greenville, South Carolina. The South Carolina Freedom Summit will build on the successes of our previous Freedom Summits in Iowa and New Hampshire." said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “This is a free event bringing together grassroots conservatives and national leaders to highlight their vision of economic growth, social conservatism, and a strong national security.”

“Our strength and foundation lies in conservative policies. Coming off of the 2014 midterm elections, right now is the best time to gather our national leaders in South Carolina to hear their ideas for the future of our nation,” said Congressman Jeff Duncan. “ The South Carolina Freedom Summit is a great opportunity to bring informed, engaged, and active members of the conservative movement together and begin evaluating potential leaders for the coming election in 2016. I’m very excited and grateful to partner with Citizens United and David Bossie to bring this unique and enjoyable experience to the great people of South Carolina this May.”

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Bossie: Omnibus Rider On Campaign Finance Only Strengthens Washington Establishment

Washington, DC –Citizens United President David N. Bossie made the following statement in regard to the campaign finance Omnibus rider that boosts party committees and not other hard dollar Political Action Committees (PACs).

“What Congressional Leaders are doing is what they do best; protecting incumbents and the two-party system. The Omnibus rider will only strengthen the Washington Establishment in both parties and not create a level playing field for candidates who are outside the beltway.

“Citizens United v. FEC, eliminated limits for independent speech, but did not address limits on contributions to candidates, party committees, or hard dollar political action committees. The contribution limits for those entities remained in place. The Omnibus rider provides additional funding sources to party committees, but fails to address contribution limits to traditional political committees or candidates. Individual limits increase every two years with inflation, however the $5,000 hard dollar PAC limit has not increased in nearly 40 years. These limits should be raised to more realistic levels so these candidates and committees can more effectively make their voices heard.

“The party committees exist to protect incumbents. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee have made clear their mission is reelecting their own. They differ from organizations like Citizens United Political Victory Fund which make a habit of championing true conservative candidates, even if it means taking on currently elected members of the Establishment.”


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