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TNCFL Launches Site to ‘Hold Sen. Alexander Accountable’ for Voting Record

Press release from the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty; August 29, 2013:

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Campaign for Liberty has launched www.PunishLamar.com a new project to hold Senator Alexander accountable for his voting record. The centerpiece of this project is a unique, descriptive, and humorous, video highlighting many of Senator Alexander’s objectionable votes.

“Liberal Lamar’s voting record is clearly not conservative” said Matt Collins a coordinator with the TN Campaign for Liberty. “It’s important for people to know the truth about how many of his votes align with the Obama agenda.”

The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a Constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.

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Jacobs Staying Out of Political Ring, Leaves Alexander to Other Challengers

“Kane” won’t try to lay the smackdown on Lamar Alexander in 2014.

Professional Wrestler and Tennessee Liberty Alliance co-founder Glenn Jacobs, who goes by that nom de guerre when he’s slapping opponents around the ring , had earlier this year hinted at the possibility that he’d grapple with Alexander for the 2014 GOP U.S. Senate nomination.

However, Kane acknowledged to TNReport during a Rutherford County Campaign for Liberty event in Murfreesboro earlier this week that he’s decided against joining the fracas with state Rep. Joe Carr, who last week announced he was abandoning his run for the 4th district U.S. House seat in favor of taking on Alexander.

Jacobs isn’t planning to run for elected office any time soon, but he said he intends to become more involved in state and local politics.

And while he himself doesn’t feel up to taking on the challenge, Jacobs still believes Alexander needs to go.

“One thing I think we all can agree on is that Sen. Alexander has some real problems for small-government conservatives and libertarians,” Jacobs said. “Despite the fact that he calls himself a conservative, if you look at his record it’s not conservative. Sen. Alexander recently released a letter to the media, an op-ed in the Tennessean, in which he rebutted a letter that 20 Tea Party and Conservative groups in Tennessee signed.”

“It was interesting to me that Sen. Alexander didn’t talk about his actual job,” Jacobs continued, “which is supporting, defending the U.S. Constitution. Instead he talked about all of the great things that he had done, which were all really big government things. And, of course this is a philosophical question, and some people are going to say, well, those are important things, and they are. But his primary job is to defend and support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That didn’t make it into his letter.”

Jacobs also took a swipe at Tennessee’s other Republican U.S. Senator, Bob Corker, for referring to Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s efforts to “defund” Obamacare as “silly.” Corker is cut from a conciliatory cloth similar to Alexander, said Jacobs.

“I’m all for compromise, as long as that compromise moves us towards individual liberty and economic freedom,” said Jacobs. “The problem is now…for almost since the inception of the country, we’ve been compromising in the other way, towards statism, towards less individual freedom and towards controlled markets.”

“If our moderate senators would become more moderate in the direction of liberty, I’d be all for compromise. Unfortunately, they are compromising the other way, and are compromising away our rights and freedoms.”

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TN CFL Calls for Investigation into Alexander Over Museum Earmark

Press release from the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty; August 12, 2013:

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Campaign for Liberty is calling for a full ethics investigation into Senator Lamar Alexander’s actions regarding his 2009 earmark to a museum featuring an exhibit about Lamar Alexander. It recently came to light that his re-election campaign proceeded to work closely with the Tennessee State Museum to design the exhibit after Senator Alexander earmarked $400,000 federal tax dollars to the Museum. The exhibit was planned to be displayed in various locations across the state while Senator Alexander runs for re-election.

“We demand a full explanation from Senator Alexander,” said Matt Collins, a coordinator with the TN Campaign for Liberty. “After speaking with grassroots activists, it is likely that formal ethics complaints against Senator Alexander and the museum will be forthcoming. ‘Museum-gate’ needs to be investigated.”

A local media outlet broke the story last week about the collusion between Senator Alexander’s campaign and the museum, and an online conservative blog discovered that Senator Alexander himself had earmarked federal funds to the museum. It is possible that both the museum and Senator Alexander are in violation of federal and state laws regarding ethics and campaign coordination.

The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.

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C4L: Corker, Alexander Vote to Continue Aid to Egypt

Press release from the Campaign for Liberty; July 31, 2013:

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia– Today, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) stood with President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and against the rule of law to continue sending foreign aid to Egypt. Under current law, the United States is prohibited from providing financial assistance to countries that have experienced a military coup d’état.

“Despite the fact that nearly 75 percent of Americans are against sending foreign aid to Egypt, Senator Alexander and Senator Corker stood with President Obama and Harry Reid to vote against the rule of law and the American people,” said Campaign for Liberty President John Tate.

“Campaign for Liberty will be sure to remind the citizens of Tennessee that Senator Alexander and Senator Corker stood with Obama to send their money to Egypt.”

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TN Liberty Group Plans Protest of Alexander Voting Record

Press release from the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty; June 26, 2013:

Smyrna, TN – The TN Campaign for Liberty will be holding a protest outside of Senator Lamar Alexander’s event “Salute to the GOP Chairmen” at the Smyrna Air Center on July 20th, 2013. The protest will last from 3:30 until 5pm just outside of the venue. The protest will focus on Senator Lamar Alexander’s big-government and unconstitutional voting record.

A recent study by Congressional Quarterly shows that Senator Alexander voted with President Obama 62% of the time, more often than any other Republican Senator in the South.

“We think that his record is unacceptable and that he should’ve voted with the Constitution. He is tone deaf to the values of Tennesseans and he should change his ways” said Matt Collins a coordinator with the TN Campaign for Liberty. “Voting for more spending, more debt, a reduction in civil liberties, the bailouts, Obama’s Sotomayor Supreme Court confirmation, TARP, funding the IMF, funding the UN, pushing the Internet sales tax, voting for Obama’s Cash-for-Clunkers, confirming Ben Bernanke to Chair the Federal Reserve, refusing to audit the Federal Reserve, giving away our tax dollars to foreign governments who hate us, voting to expand the EPA, and voting to expand the FDA, are just some of the reasons that we are protesting Mr. Alexander’s big-government voting record.”

More can be found on Senator Lamar Alexander’s voting record at this URL: http://tncampaignforliberty.org/wordpress/2013/02/senator-alexanders-bad-votes-for-big-government-more-spending-more-debt-against-the-constitution-and-against-liberty/

The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a Constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.

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TN Conservative, Tea Party Groups Condemn National Internet Sales Tax

Press release from Tennessee Campaign for Liberty; March 21, 2013:

Nashville, Tenn. – Conservative and Tea Party groups across the state of Tennessee have signed a resolution condemning Senator Lamar Alexander, Governor Bill Haslam, and Senator Bob Corker’s push for a national Internet sales tax scheme, known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” (MFA). Sources close to the Campaign for Liberty indicate that language contained in the Act will be voted on in the US Senate in the next few days. Read the entire resolution and list of signers at www.TNCampaignForLiberty.org

The MFA would seek to overturn a 1992 Supreme Court decision (Quill vs North Dakota) which ruled that businesses that do not have a physical presence in a state cannot be forced to collect sales tax for that specific state government. The Quill decision protects online businesses from having to collect tax for all 50 states, and also prevents taxation without representation by prohibiting state governments from enforcing their laws on business outside of its borders.

The MFA would force each online retailer to create different pricing structures for every individual customer, a massive burden and significant increase in cost to doing business. It’s assumed that these costs would be passed on to the customer, causing the price of all online purchases to increase on top of the new taxes imposed as a result of this Act. These types of regulation would likely be stifling to online commerce and detrimental to the economy overall.

Matt Collins, a coordinator with the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty discusses the issue: “This is reflective of a bigger question, that of how much authority will the government hold during the Internet Age? Will states get to exercise power outside of their borders, or will there be an unlimited reach available to every government? Taxation without representation is always appealing to the politicians because they cannot be held accountable by the people they are taxing. We are at a fork in the road and can move forward with either more freedom, or move backwards with more government; Internet taxation is one of the first steps in deciding which direction we’ll take.”

Free market groups like Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, Nat’l Taxpayers Union, Heartland Institute, Heritage Foundation, Reason, and even eBay and the Direct Marketing Association are opposing this measure. Liberty activist and professional WWE Wrestler from Strawberry Plains, TN, Glenn Jacobs, authored an opinion piece earlier this week in which he called the Act “fraudulent” and “anything but fair”: http://lewrockwell.com/jacobs/jacobs12.1.html

Political experts suggest this issue may be a point of contention during any potential primary race against Senator Alexander in the 2014 election season.

Matt Collins also noted that “Republican elected officials who are joining Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, and Al Franken to support this measure should know that recent polling shows almost half of Americans do not want an expansion of sales taxes on the Internet and 63% of conservatives are opposed to it. When the question is framed about states pushing their laws outside of their borders 61% of Americans oppose it and 77% of conservatives do too. In fact 84% of Republicans oppose any sort of expansion of governmental power over the Internet, especially taxation or regulation. It is likely that any Republican who supports this massive expanse of government power will see a primary challenge because of it.”

The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a Constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.