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5/14/2007 2:26:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Carolina--Calls Needed to Stop Anti-Lobbying Bill

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May 14, 2007

South Carolina--Calls Needed to Stop Anti-Lobbying Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls are needed to defeat a South Carolina bill that would
regulate the lobbying efforts of organizations such as Home School
Legal Defense Association in contacting our member families about
legislation and other government activities. Senate Bill 714 appears
to be patterned after some dangerous federal legislation intended to
harass public interest organizations which try to influence government
through grassroots lobbying.

This bill is intended to muzzle the voice of South Carolina citizens
who want to express their views to legislators to influence the
outcome of bills. It is a direct threat to the constitutional right of
freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United
States Constitution. This bill must be stopped.

As of today, this bill has been assigned to a subcommittee of the
South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee. Please take time today to
contact members of the committee and your own state senator about this
bill which threatens your civil liberties. Since there are so many
Senate Judiciary Committee members, we thought it would be best to
split the calls according to the first letter of your last name. We
urge everyone to call the chairman of the committee as well as seven
other members of the committee as set forth below.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as
designated below and your own state senator and urge them to vote
against Senate Bill 714 with this message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 714, an anti-lobbying bill which
would require political awareness organizations to register with the
state and report personal information about donors who support the
organization. This bill would discourage citizens from supporting
public interest organizations and expressing their views to
legislators about bills being considered."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooling family,
since this issue is broader than just homeschooling.

The contact information for the members of the Senate Judiciary
Committee is as follows:

If your last name begins with the letters A-G, please contact the
following senators:

(1) Sen. Glenn F. McConnell (R), Chairman
Telephone: (803) 212-6610
Email: SJU@scsenate.org

(2) Sen. Ralph Anderson (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6108
Email: RA@scsenate.org

(3) Sen. Kevin L. Bryant (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6024
Email: BRYANTK@scsenate.org

(4) Sen. George E. Campsen, III (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6016
Email: CAMPSEN@scsenate.org

(5) Sen. Raymond E. Cleary, III (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6032
Email: CLEARYR@scsenate.org

(6) Sen. Dick Elliot (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6000 or (803) 771-8711
Email: DE@scsenate.org

(7) Sen. Robert Ford (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6124 or (803) 798-9220
Email: RIF@scsenate.org

(8) Sen. Chauncey K. Gregory (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6330
Email: SFG@scsenate.org

If your last name begins with the letters H-N, please contact the
following senators:

(1) Sen. Glenn F. McConnell (R), Chairman
Telephone: (803) 212-6610
E-mail: SJU@scsenate.org

(2) Sen. John D. Hawkins (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6008
Email: DH@scsenate.org

(3) Sen. Bradley Hutto (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6140
Email: CBH@scsenate.org

(4) Sen. Darrell Jackson (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6048
Email: DJ1@scsenate.org

(5) Sen. John M. Knotts, Jr. (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6350 or (803) 755-6253
Email SIV@scsenate.org

(6) Sen. Joel Lourie (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6116
Email: JBL@scsenate.org

(7) Sen. Gerald Malloy (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6148
Email: MALLOYG@scsenate.org

(8) Sen. Larry A. Martin (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6340
E-mail: SRU@scsenate.org

If your last name begins with the letters M-Z, please contact the
following senators:

(1) Sen. Glenn F. McConnell (R), Chairman
Telephone (803) 212-6610
Email: SJU@scsenate.org

(2) Sen. Thomas L. Moore (D)
Telephone (803) 212-6156
Email: TLM@scsenate.org

(3) Sen. Luke A. Rankin (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6132
Email: LR@scsenate.org

(4) Sen. James H. Ritchie, Jr. (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6032
Email: JHR@scsenate.org

(5) Sen. Randy Scott (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6024
Email: SCOTTR@scsenate.org

(6) Sen. Vincent A. Sheehan (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6124
Email: VS@scsenate.org

(7) Sen. Lewis Vaughn (R)
Telephone: (803) 212-6100
Email: LRV@scsenate.org

(8) Sen. Kent M. Williams (D)
Telephone: (803) 212-6008
Email: WILLIAMSK@scsenate.org

You can find the name and telephone number of your state senator by
using HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://capwiz.com/hslda/state/main/?state=SC&view=stateofficials#1

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the Senate
Judiciary Committee and their own state senator with this same
message.

BACKGROUND:
South Carolina Senate Bill 714 defines a "political awareness
organization" as follows:

"'Political awareness organization' means an organization or committee
that receives contributions and makes expenditures, totally or in
part, for the purpose of promoting specific issues in order to
influence public opinion with the intent to impact or change local and
state government or its subdivisions, or both, and has the Internal
Revenue Service classification of '501(C)(4)' or '527' or operates
within an organization with the Internal Revenue Service
classification of '501(C)(4)' or '527'."

It appears that HSLDA would fall within this definition.

A political awareness organization receiving or expending more than
$2,500 during a calendar year would have to register with the State
Ethics Commission and pay an annual fee of $100. The organization
would have to file reports of contributions, including the name and
address of each person making a contribution of more than $100 and the
amount and date of such contribution. An organization violating this
law would be subject to a fine of $2,500 or imprisonment for one year,
or both, and would be barred from acting as a political awareness
organization for three years.

Needless to say, the reporting required by this law would not only be
an administrative burden to public interest organizations but would
also discourage donors from making contributions to these
organizations because of privacy concerns. The effect of such
legislation would be to further insulate government from public
opinion.

To view the text of Senate Bill 714, go to:
http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess117_2007-2008/bills/714.doc

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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