by Jared Woodfill, Editor-in-Chief, CRTXNews.com
President, Conservative Republicans of Texas
Liberal Republican State Representative Sarah Davis has again chosen to wage a war on the First Amendment and anyone who opposes her liberal ideology or threatens her hold on power. Specifically, Ms. Davis recently filed House Bill No. 1382, requesting that the state further intrude on the First Amendment rights of individuals or groups who chose to express their political views and support of candidates. Specifically, her big government bill impacts individuals or groups who mail a list of candidates they recommend. She calls it a “slater mailer” and defines it as “a mass mailing that supports or opposes four or more candidates.” She then requires “each person with final decision-making authority as to which candidates are supported or opposed in the slate mailer” to identify their “full name and address” on the front page of the mailer. If you don’t follow her government mandate, she is asking the power of the state be used to levy a civil penalty on the individuals. Specifically, the bill concludes with a government imposed penalty, stating that the person(s) are “liable to this state for a civil penalty in an amount determined by the commission….” (H.B. No. 1382)
I’m sure Ms. Davis knows there are currently a labyrinth of campaign finance laws in the Texas Election Code that govern disclosures. However, this new bill goes after individuals who choose to engage in the political process, but only if they choose to advocate for or against four or more candidates. The bill only applies to mail and makes no mention of the emails and/or social media. Let’s look at the real motivation behind Ms. Davis’ big government bill. Because of her liberal, anti-life, anti-biblical marriage, big government views, numerous organizations including Conservative Republicans of Texas PAC, Texas Right to Life PAC, Link Letter, Texas Conservative Review, Texas Values Action and many others have opposed Ms. Davis. Most of the positions she has taken are inconsistent with the Republican Party of Texas Platform, and she consistently votes with Democrats. Interestingly enough, the bill only defines “slate mailer” as a “mass mailing that supports or opposes for or more candidates.” The subterfuge and real motivation behind Ms. Davis’ bill becomes more apparent when one considers that Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the world, sent numerous mail pieces during 2016 supporting Ms. Davis. Because the mailers only supported Ms. Davis, Planned Parenthood and their decision maker(s), they would not be subject to the scrutiny of big government, i.e., they would not have to disclose the name and home address of the “decision- making authority.” The bill intentionally excludes groups that chose to endorse three or less candidates, thereby allowing labor unions, Planned Parenthood, and the George Soroses of this world who have unlimited resources to send out mail pieces that simply support three or less candidates. Those individuals with limited resources who choose to exercise their First Amendment right to inform the public on which candidates they support, and what these candidates positions are on a host of issues, would be subject to civil fines if they did not follow Ms. Davis’ edict. The truth is, this is Ms. Davis’ incumbent protection bill, designed to allow Planned Parenthood and her wealthy liberal supporters to promote her election.
Ms. Davis continues to embrace big government, Planned Parenthood, and numerous other entities and positions that are contrary to our pro-family, pro-life, conservative values. However, this should not be surprising in that the first time she ever voted in a Republican primary was when she was first elected in 2010. It is time to replace Ms. Davis with a real conservative! Please contact Ms. Davis’ office and let her know how you feel about her big government , incumbent protection bill. Tell her to stop trampling on our First Amendment rights!
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