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FreedomWorks’ Bill of the Month for July 2019: Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, H.R. 1895

FreedomWorks is proud to announce that our bill of the month for July 2019 is the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act of 2019, H.R. 1895, introduced by Reps. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). The FAIR Act would overhaul existing civil asset forfeiture rules by raising the evidentiary standard for seizing assets and restoring the presumption of innocence to federal civil asset forfeiture hearings.

07/02/2019
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Time for Congress to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture After Court Ruling

BY Adam Brandon

Back in 2015, an eye-catching headline appeared in the news. “Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year,” the headline read. Think about that for a moment. That’s millions of dollars in cash, homes, and cars stolen not by burglars or carjackers, but by police departments across the country. What’s worse, most of the property has been seized from people who were not even charged with a crime. You’d think this was an anecdote from a former resident of the Soviet Union, but no, this is happening here in America, the land of the free.

02/21/2019
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FreedomWorks Statement in Response to SCOTUS Ruling Regarding Forfeiture

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Timbs v. Indiana that state governments cannot utilize forfeiture as a means to raise funds under the Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

02/20/2019
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Kiss Your A$$ET FORFEITURE GOODBYE

In the state of Oklahoma, the police have the authority to seize your property prior to the conviction of a crime; civil asset forfeiture abuse is a serious threat to civil liberties including, private property rights and due process. The presumption that you are “innocent until proven guilty” is a fundamental element of the U.S. Constitution and should be protected at all costs. The practice of civil asset forfeiture is a tool used that too often negatively impacts innocent people who are merely suspected of illegal behavior.

03/14/2017