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Press Release

    FreedomWorks Joins Property Rights Battle

    10/27/2004

    The below letter was submitted to the White House today, along with a number of news clips on the Kelo case

    COALITION AGAINST EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE

    October 29, 2004

    President George W. Bush
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear President Bush,

    The below letter was submitted to the White House today, along with a number of news clips on the Kelo case

    COALITION AGAINST EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE

      October 29, 2004

    President George W. Bush
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear President Bush,

    The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this term whether state and local governments can use eminent domain to take non-blighted homes in the name of economic development. The issue before the Court deals only with state and local authority; there is no reason the federal government needs to take a position in this case. We urge the Administration NOT to file a brief in Kelo v. New London.

    The outcome of this case will affect the property rights of tens of thousands of homeowners and small businesses nationwide because they are the frequent targets of eminent domain. Given the Bush Administration's recent Ownership Society campaign and support of middle-income housing expansion, it is imperative that the Administration not undermine private property rights in the Kelo case. Property rights and home ownership, as recognized in the Ownership Society principles, are cornerstones of America's communities and economy. Filing a brief against property owners in this case would be both disastrous to property rights and a serious affront to the promise of "expanding property ownership" the Administration champions.

    The Constitution protects private property and states that property may only be taken for public use. Eminent domain for economic development does not constitute a public use. We urge the Administration affirm its support of property rights and refrain from filing a brief in Kelo.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe, President, FreedomWorks
    Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
    Paul Weyrich, National Chairman, Coalitions for America
    David Keene, Chairman, American Conservative Union
    Fred L. Smith Jr., President, Competitive Enterprise Institute Pat
    Callahan, Executive Director, American Association of Small Property
    Owners Stephen Lilienthal, Free Congress Foundation
    Robert D. Thompson, Director, Sixty Votes Coalition (PAC)
    George Landrith, President, Frontiers of Freedom
    Connie Mackey, VP of Government Affairs, Family Research Council
    John Berthoud, President, National Taxpayers Union
    Alvin Williams, President/CEO, Black America's PAC
    Tony Palazzolo, Individual
    Nancy Mitchell Pfotenhauer, President, Americans for Prosperity
    Roger Pilon, Constitutional Scholar
    Robert Poole, Jr., Founder, Reason Foundation
    David Nott, President, Reason Foundation
    Steve Buckstein, Founding President, Cascade Policy Institute
    William Westmiller, Chairman, Republican Liberty Caucus
    Kay Daly, President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
    Tom DeWeese, President, American Policy Center
    Manny Klausner, General Counsel, Individual Rights Foundation
    Leri M. Thomas, Ph.D., Virginians for Property Rights
    Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach
    Dr. John Eastman, Director, Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional
    Jurisprudence
    Andrew Grainger, President, New England Legal Foundation
    Carol LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of America
    Joseph Grieboski, President, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
    Jeffrey Mazzella, Executive Director, Center for Individual Freedom
    Tom Schatz, President, Citizens Against Government Waste
    Amy Ridenour, President, The National Center for Public Policy Research
    John Taylor, President, Virginia Institute for Public Policy
    Michael Ostrolenk, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
    Maryland Taxpayers Association
    Jane Orient, MD, Exec. Director, Assoc. of American Physicians and
    Surgeons
    Henry Lamb, Property Rights Congress of America
    Kevin L. Kearns, President, U.S. Business and Industry Council
    Emmett McLoughlin, President/CEO, Emmett McLoughlin Realty, Inc.
    Sovereignty International, Inc.
    Mike Stollenwerk, Fairfax County Privacy Council
    Environmental Conservation Organization
    Siobhan Reynolds, President, Pain Relief Network
    Karen Effrem MD, EdWatch
    Al Aitken, Chairman, VOTORS