We just received word that a so-called “ethics reform” bill will likely be coming up for a vote in the State Senate any day.
It is URGENT that you call your State Senator TODAY and ask them to vote NO on S.B. 5153.
S.B. 5153 is designed to crush the grassroots by removing an individual’s right to speak anonymously by forcing organizations to release your name and address to a government monitoring agency.
In other words, politicians would have an “enemies list” to go after if you try to speak up about their voting records or engage with fellow citizens to advocate for a cause.
If passed, the law would secure the power of the political class by ensuring the voters cannot learn of a politician’s voting record on liberty issues.
Your private information would then be available on government websites for all to see!
The law is designed to undermine the kind of work you and I have done exposing corruption and conflicts of interest and holding legislators accountable.
So-called “ethics reform” laws have already silenced grassroots activists in Montana, and several other states are considering such bills attacking our First Amendment rights to free speech at this moment!
Unfortunately, many of these bills are supported and written by so-called conservatives.
Please call your State Senator TODAY and ask them to vote NO on S.B. 5153.
Our right to free speech is especially important around election time.
Numerous court decisions over the last century have confirmed and reconfirmed that our political speech is protected from regulation.
In fact, any casual student of history knows the very purpose of the First Amendment is to protect POLITICAL speech that criticizes and exposes politicians.
Politicians have no right to protection from criticism.
Yet, that’s what these so-called “ethics” bills are attempting to do.
And that’s what we must stop!
Until the gavel falls and the legislative session is closed, we must be vigilant in making sure lawmakers don’t succumb to the pressure.
Call your Senator today and ask them to vote NO on S.B. 5153, then forward this message to your family and friends and ask them to do the same.
Help end this attack on your free speech.
Tags: Free Speech, Ethics Reform, Washington, SB5153