In 2009, ACRU issued an Amicus Brief urging the Supreme Court to find in favor of Citizens United and constitutional freedom in the case of Citizens United v. FEC. The case began in 2007 when a political movie about Hillary Clinton was blocked for distribution by liberal activists who didn't like the subject matter and used the McCain-Feingold Act as a battering ram. The Supreme Court correctly decided in favor of Citizens United by applying Constitutional free speech provisions to ensure a broader, more level playing field for American political activity. January 21, 2020 was the tenth anniversary of this landmark case, finalized in a 5-4 decision split along ideological lines with the more liberal justices on the Court arguing against free speech for any member of the public speaking through an entity. The framers of the Constitution made it clear that voters should fully briefed on both sides of any policy or political issue and at ACRU, we concur. We are grateful to Citizens United and David Bossie for bringing this critical Constitutional case before the Supreme Court of the United States.
12/10: The U.S. is right to weigh the costs and benefits of this approach and find it wanting.
"Because the Affordable Care Act does not include a severability clause, if the individual mandate is found unconstitutional, then the whole Act must be struck down as unconstitutional."Jan. 4, 2012 -- The American Civil Rights Union filed its sixth brief challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.The brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, authored by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara, argues that lack of a mandate forcing individuals to purchase health insurance through government-approved exchanges would doom the entire system.At least one lower federal court has ruled that the individual mandate exceeds the constitutionally-enumerated powers of the federal government. [...]
ALEXANDRIA, VA--The American Civil Rights Union today announced the addition of three distinguished conservative leaders to its Policy Board: former Court of Federal Claims Special Master Richard B. Abell, former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, and distinguished civil and constitutional attorney Charles J. Cooper."We are delighted to welcome Mr. Abell, Mr. Blackwell, and Mr. Cooper to our Policy Board," said ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson. "These gentlemen bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to the ACRU, and they will be great allies in our work to protect the civil rights of all Americans."The late Robert B. Carleson founded the ACRU in 1998 to defend [...]
"John was a great American, a dear friend and a champion of liberty," says Susan Carleson, CEO and Chairman of the American Civil Rights Union. "He will be sorely missed."On August 20, 2010, ACRU Senior Legal Counsel John Armor passed away in a North Carolina hospital, following cancer surgery. He had appeared to be in full recovery, so his death was a shock to family and friends.Armor, a graduate of Yale University and the University of Maryland School of Law, had a long and distinguished career, practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years and authoring eight books and hundreds of articles. His latest book, These [...]
On Tuesday, April 13 at 7:45am ET, ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight will be on FOX and Friends to discuss comments by an Obama adminstration official about how America is not so great.You can view the video from the show here.
On September 18, ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue wrote a column appearing on American Thinker discussing the problems with Newsweek's latest cover story on babies and race.
John Armor will be discussing Freedom to Listen on April 21, 2009 at 7:35am ET on The Tom Roten Show. The show can be heard on 800 AM WVHU out of Huntington, WV. Tune in if you live in the area or listen live online.
On Sunday, April 12, 2009, at 4:30pm ET, John Armor will be on "Liberty Watch Radio," which can be heard on 690 KVOI in Tuscon, AZ, 930 KAPR in Douglas, AZ, and 1240 KJAA in Tuscon, AZ. He will be discussing both Freedom to Listen and Save Radio Free America. Tune in if you live in the Tuscon area or listen live online.Then, on Monday, April 13, 2009, Robert Knight will be on "The Sandy Rios Show" on 1160 WYLL in Chicago, IL. They will also be discussing Freedom to Listen. Tune in if you live in Chicago or listen live online.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 5:09pm ET, Peter Ferrara will be on the Vicki McKenna Show on WIBA Madison and WISN Milwaukee. He will be discussing his Sunday Washington Times column and FreedomtoListen.org. Tune in if you live around Madison or Milwaukee or listen live online.