Congress to Send Critics to Jail, Says Richard Viguerie

Congress to Send Critics to Jail, Says Richard Viguerie
Congress Wants to Blame the Grassroots for Its Own Corruption
Manassas, VA. The following is a statement by Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, regarding legislation currently being considered by Congress to regulate grassroots communications:
“In what sounds like a comedy sketch from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, but isn’t, the U. S. Senate would impose criminal penalties, even jail time, on grassroots causes and citizens who criticize Congress.
Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself.
“The bill would require reporting of ‘paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying,’ but defines ‘paid’ merely as communications to 500 or more members of the public, with no other qualifiers.
“On January 9, the Senate passed Amendment 7 to S. 1, to create criminal penalties, including up to one year in jail, if someone ‘knowingly and willingly fails to file or report.’
“That amendment was introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA). Senator Vitter, however, is now a co-sponsor of Amendment 20 by Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) to remove Section 220 from the bill. Unless Amendment 20 succeeds, the Senate will have criminalized the exercise of First Amendment rights. We’d be living under totalitarianism, not democracy.
“I started to fight efforts to silence the grassroots. The website provides updates in the legislation and has a petition to sign opposing Section 220.
“Thousands of nonprofit leaders, bloggers, and other citizens have hammered the Senate with calls in opposition to Section 220, which seeks to silence the grassroots. The criminal provisions will scare citizens into silence.
The legislation regulates small, legitimate nonprofits, bloggers, and individuals, but creates loopholes for corporations, unions, and large membership organizations that would be able to spend literally hundreds of millions of dollars, yet not report.
“Congress is trying to blame the grassroots, which are American citizens engaging in their First Amendment rights, for Washington’s internal corruption problems.”


Say It ain't so !!!!

You have to be kidding. right ?
The NEW democratic Congress ?
The 110th Congress ?
I think that part of the reqirements to become an elected official in the US Government would be that they at least read the damn documents that they swore to uphold and protect only a couple of weeks ago. What are they going to be like after 2 years.
Not Good news. Very disturbing..
God save America

Look for post "US government wants bloggers to register."

Earlier, I posted a rather long piece on this, not realizing that this article had already been posted. However, I included two other articles on Vitter's proposed legislation, as well as, a long rant by me

Sorry for being redundant, in part. Still, I hope that others will read my post when and if the mods get around to approving it's inclusion here. I believe that my post contains valuable information that should be evaluated by anyone in the movement. This is especially the case where it comes to the forgotten Right to Petition, the fifth Right included in the First Amendment.

The subject of my post should read "US government wants bloggers to register."

The true threat to liberty comes not from terrorists but from our political leaders whose natural inclination is to seize upon any excuse to diminish them.
~~ Walter Williams, Nightly Business Report, September 2001

Viguirie wants to keep his business unregulated

I discussed what the bill really says at your blog:

It does not apply to bloggers, as introduced or as passed.

Viguierie has been spreading disinfo about legislation for years. That's his business, and he does not want to be regulated.