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Local Internet Freedom Groups, Opponents Of Internet Censorship Bills Take Their Disapproval to Town Halls, Meetings With Lawmakers

Urge constituents who oppose PROTECT IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act to visit my.americancensorship.org for more info on how to attend a meeting

Contact: press@fightforthefuture.org

With Congress still threatening to pass Internet censorship legislation when it returns from break later this month, opponents of the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) have set up dozens of in-person meetings with their lawmakers and are organizing groups to attend their lawmakers’ town hall meetings.

Opponents are organizing themselves into local Internet Freedom groups and plan to ask Senators questions related to the controversial legislation. The groups are often made of individuals who have never been politically active before. For lawmakers who have no public events, participants are being walked through the process of setting up meetings with their elected officials.

A list of already-scheduled town halls and meetings may be found at https://fightfortheftr.wordpress.com/. And to find out about — or to set up new meetings — Internet users may visit http://my.americancensorship.org/.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to recommence deliberations on SOPA on January 23rd. On January 24th, the full Senate is set to begin consideration of PIPA — likely triggering a filibuster by opponents.

According to Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng, “Senator Reid is moving quickly to pass PROTECT-IP, although the majority of Americans are opposed to it. Apparently, we only have these last two weeks to make sure lawmakers know that most of the internet and the local people who use it are one hundred percent opposed to these bills — and that we’re going to hold them accountable for the way they vote. It’s amazing to see how motivated people are to help stop these bills — they are taking the legislation into their own hands.”

SOPA and PIPA would give the government and corporations broad new powers to block Americans’ access to websites that are accused of copyright infringement, and to otherwise undermine those sites’ abilities to function.

Fight for the Future and dozens of other organizations and companies have steered more than 4 million contacts to Congress in opposition to PIPA and SOPA.

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Rothman Seeks Ethics Investigation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Press Release

Washington, DC – On October 7, 2011, Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ), along with 45 of his colleagues, sent a letter to the leaders of the House Committee on the Judiciary urging them to investigate and hold hearings on the outstanding ethical questions surrounding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Here is the letter:

October 7, 2011

Lamar Smith
Chairman, Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515

John Conyers, Jr.
Ranking Member, Judiciary Committee
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Conyers:

We are deeply concerned about recent reports concerning potential ethics violations by a Member of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas. We are also concerned by the unwillingness or inability of the Court to address these allegations in a manner that promotes public confidence and trust in the judicial system.

As you know, unlike all other federal judges, Justices of the United States Supreme Court have not adopted and are not subject to a comprehensive code of judicial ethics. In this instance, it is essential that the Congress – and in particular the House Judiciary Committee – review these allegations to ensure the integrity of the Court is not comprised in the eyes of the public.

Public records clearly demonstrate that Justice Thomas has failed to accurately disclose information concerning the income and employment status of his wife, as required by law. According to a recent review by Common Cause, a nonpartisan government accountability group, Justice Thomas failed to report at least $1.6 million in income earned by his wife since 1997.

In addition, news reports indicate that Justice Thomas may have also failed to report gifts from wealthy supporters and inappropriately solicited donations for favored non-profit organizations. Meanwhile, the court continues to operate without a binding code of ethics or a transparent process to determine recusal.

We urge you, as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee of Jurisdiction, to investigate and hold hearings on the outstanding ethical questions surrounding the court.

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Video: Christie, Rove, and the US Attorney’s office

It didn’t take long for the Corzine campaign to come out swinging after the latest revelation concerning the Governor’s opponent Chris Christie and his converations with Bush White House deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove.

Rove testified before the House Judiciary Committee on July 7, 2009 and acknowldged that he and Christie had conversations about a potential Christie run for the governorship of NJ while still acting an U.S Attorney.

Watch the video, then read the latest about this potential scandel from the Huffington Post:

New documents about Karl Rove’s involvement in the U.S. Attorney firing scandal have the potential to create ripples in the 2009 gubernatorial race in New Jersey.

In an on-the-record interview with the House Judiciary Committee on July 7, 2009, the former Bush strategist acknowledged that he had held several conversations with current GOP candidate Chris Christie over the course of several years regarding the possibility of running for the governor’s chair.

Christie, Rove said, was interested in mounting a bid and “asked me questions about who — who were good people that knew about running for governor that he could talk to.”

The admission ties the former New Jersey-based U.S. attorney even further to the Bush administration at a time when his election opponent, Gov. Jon Corzine, has attempted repeatedly to push that connection. It also raises questions as to how apolitical Christie was in his prior job.

Appointed by President Bush to the role of U.S. Attorney in January 2002, Christie earned a stellar reputation for busting white-collar criminals including crooked members of the political establishment. His success led to speculation that he would mount a bid for the governor’s chair, first against then Gov. James McGreevey, then against Corzine during the ’06 election. He dismissed the talk by positioning himself above the fray.

“I am just concentrating on this job and working on this job,” he told The Star-Ledger in November 2003. “I have absolutely no idea what the future will bring, but I feel I was given a job by the president, and I owe it to him to spend full-time concentrating on that job. And that doesn’t permit me to sit around and speculate about what I will do.”

In that same article Christie said he was being “extra sensitive” to avoid politics, lest those critics who accused him of being a Bush patronage appointee be proved correct.

Four years later, when talk came up again, the line was much the same. “I think about that only because people bring it up to me all the time,” Christie said about the election speculation in 2007. “But I don’t focus on that. If I do my job the best I can… The future will take care of itself.”

Around that time, it turns out, he was at least partially focused on a run at the governor’s chair. And he was turning to one of the GOP’s most prominent strategists for advice. As Rove told the House Judiciary Committee: “I talked to him twice in the last couple of years, perhaps one time while I was at the White House and once or twice since I left the White House, but — not regarding his duties as U.S. Attorney, but regarding his interest in running for governor.” …

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