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Press Release

    Attorney General Bob Butterworth: Drop Florida from the Antitrust Lawsuit Against Microsoft!

    07/20/2000

    Use the letter below to inform Attorney General Bob Butterworth that government intervention in the high tech sector is bad for consumers and bad for our economy!

    1. Copy the following letter and modify it to your liking.
    2. Sign your letter and mail it to Mr. Butterworth at the address listed below.
    3. Mail a copy of your letter to our office: 110 East Atlantic Ave #340 Delray Beach, FL 33444 or fax it to us at (561) 266-7381 to let us know you have written a letter and helped tell our Attorney General to stop interfering with our economy!

    Start your letter here.

    Citizen Activist
    Florida Citizens For A Sound Economy

    Bob Butterworth
    Attorney General
    Office of Attorney General
    The Capitol
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

    Dear Mr. Butterworth,

    As an active member of Florida Citizens for a Sound Economy, I understand that competition and innovation have long been the trademarks of our flourishing economy. As a leader in our state, I know you realize the importance of maintaining a marketplace free of government regulation so that business – not bureaucracy – will continue to drive the economy.

    For this reason, I am strongly opposed to the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft and believe that you should no longer be a party to it. Microsoft, whose dominant position in the marketplace is a testament to their innovation and customer satisfaction, has indeed become a powerful force in our economy. This is in stark contrast to AT&T who once achieved a monopoly through protective government regulations. Microsoft has truly proven that it is the best at meeting the demands of consumers and has therefore enjoyed great success.

    It is ironic and disturbing that Netscape, the firm originally at the heart of this antitrust suit, was bought by America Online and that AOL has subsequently merged with Time-Warner. This pending merger is further evidence of our nation’s vibrant and dynamic technology marketplace. Perhaps this is the fear that drove you to first make Florida a party to the case. However, the DOJ has proceeded with the case and will likely dismantle one corporation only to allow another to fill its void.

    I urge you to drop this case. Given the chance, innovation and competition in the marketplace are the best protection for consumers.

    Sincerely,

    Concerned FL CSE Member
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