This week alone, FIVE nullification bills passed!
(we NEED your help to turn that FIVE into ten. Then 20, and more. HELP US HERE)
In Missouri, a bill to withdraw from common core is off to the Governor’s desk. And a bill to protect electronic communications and data bypasses the governor and goes to a vote by the people this November.
In Tennessee and South Carolina, bills to nullify the unconstitutional federal ban on industrial hemp farming passed. Tennessee Gov. Haslam signed the bill and in South Carolina, Gov. Haley is expected to soon.
And in Minnesota, a bill to ban warrantless cellphone tracking passed both chambers with only one no vote. Add that to the two big ballot measures we told you about last week – Arizona and Missouri – and bills which passed on various issues in recent months, and there’s a pretty healthy movement happening in the states today.
It’s not something I expected when I registered TenthAmendmentCenter.com back in 2006. And it’s still something that blows my mind when I think about it.
But it’s real, and as Tom Woods (author of the book, Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century) said on his radio show last year, the TAC “has done more than anyone in the world to advance the Jeffersonian principle of nullification.”
Even with those high accolades, we can accomplish so much more. The sky is really the limit for what we can get done. The general public is becoming more and more accepting of the idea that states can – and must – take action to push back against federal power.
We have plans to build strong dedicated campaigns around the country to nullify unconstitutional federal gun control, hemp restrictions, spying and surveillance, common core, health mandates, drones, and much more.
But here’s the hard truth. We should be much further along. We’re being held back.
If we had even 1 percent of the funding of the big think tanks in DC, we could change the world. Heritage has a yearly budget of around $40 million. CATO has a yearly budget of about $20 million. The Soros-backed Center for American Progress, around $40 million.
Here at TAC? We’re about $5000 – $8000 per month.
If it weren’t so serious, I’d find it laughable. That’s about of 1/5 of 1 percent of the $40 million budget. Yes, 1/5 of 1 percent.
Some people ask me – “why do you need so much money?”
We don’t. 1/5 of 1 percent is how much we get now, and we’re moving mountains. But this stuff isn’t free. Just to keep our website on and functional – with the amount of traffic the site gets, the functionality we have implemented, the security and load balancing – and more – costs about $600/month. We’re doing far too much for a $10/month GoDaddy personal hosting plan.
We have one full time employee (me), who works 50-70 hours per week (more during the busy times). We have three part time employees who work from 10-20 hours per week, and end up volunteering more time after that. Working for free.
Once in a while, we do some online advertising – to let people know about specific action alerts to help get bills passed (this WORKS!), to reach new people, and more.
You can do the math – if you’ve ever hired someone, or have gotten paycheck – it’s not that tough. Figure out one full-time employee and 3 part time – at any kind of reasonable rate, and ask yourself if you could afford that on $5000/month.
I can’t say it enough. We really need your help.
We’ve got enough on hand to cover the next few months of expenses, but if we don’t get more – and now – we won’t be able to budget or plan for the 2015 legislative session. And we need to get moving on that today.
So, thank you for reading – you wouldn’t be a supporter if you didn’t get this far. I’m very grateful for you being here!
And please – give as much as you’re able to today. Help us turn those FIVE bills into many more in 2015 and beyond.
Or, mail a check:
Tenth Amendment Center
123 S. Figueroa St, Suite 1614
Los Angeles, CA 90012