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Freshman 50

Posted on: May 4, 2010

Please go to and read carefully their mission and everything else on this site.  Click on the sections at the top of the page right hand side.  This may well be a PAC you may want to contribute to.  I know they are getting a contribution from me and I intend to follow their progress.

Below you will find their promised and goals:  BB

Why The Freshmen 50?

The Freshmen 50 is unique.

It is not a deal that Congressional politicians have made with America.  It is a common sense directive from America to Congress, embodied in 50 citizen-legislators, on how to behave, legislate, and deal with America’s money.

It is grassroots:  was not started by a politician or media figure, just a concerned citizen who’s running for Congress himself.

It is independent:  no exclusive political party; no religious affiliation.

It is fair:  as a rule, not involved in Primary races.

It is focused:  6 common sense agenda items.

It is simple:  easily understood by the average voter.

It is achievable:  50 fiscally and legislatively responsible freshmen candidates can be found and elected.

It relies entirely on YOU:  with your participation, you can have your country back!

Once in office, The Freshmen 50 will remain accountable to their constituents and to each other.  As a band of citizen-legislators unified on a few core precepts, they will be better equipped to withstand the pressures from both lobbyists and the party establishments.  They will be a force for real, responsible, accountable change in Washington D.C.

Platform

1.     Apply the Law Equally:  All laws that apply to all citizens also apply to Congress.

2.     Limit Terms in Office:  Amend the Constitution to limit Congressmen and Senators to no more than 12 years, respectively.

3.     Enforce Congressional Ethics

a.     Mandatory, yearly tax and expense audits of every member to be made fully available to the general public each Oct 1, until the federal tax code is reformed (see item #5)

b.    No member of Congress, or Congressional staff member, can ever be hired as a lobbyist, paid or otherwise, to Congress

c.     Unleash the ethics committee:  require only 50% of an ethics committee to approve an investigation

4.     Read the Bill:  Prior to final vote, the bill to be voted upon must be read out loud, by one or more of its sponsors, in its entirety, on the floor of the House.  Should amendments be required, they must also be read in the same manner.  A member may not vote on the bill unless he or she was present for the entire reading, including applicable amendments.

5.     Reform the Federal Tax Code:  Repeal the 16th Amendment and replace the current federal tax code with a clear, simple, and fair tax code which includes the following principles:

a.    Tax only once

b.    Tax at one rate

c.     A Constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority for any new tax or tax hike

6.     Balance the Budget:  Amend the Constitution to require a balanced budget, unless sanctioned by a three-fifths majority in each house of Congress.

Guidelines

Here are a few guidelines under which The Freshmen 50 operates.

1.   It is a Political Action Committee (PAC).  That means its power is going to come from many thousands – even millions – of individual donors who share our goals.

2.    Unlike most other PACs, as a general rule, we will not endorse candidates in the primaries.  If the situation arises in which we do endorse in a primary, we will make special note of it.

3.   Any candidate in the nation can join the Bullpen at any time all the way into the fall.  The Freshmen 50 will select the final 50 candidates as we head into the general election.

4.    When a candidate becomes one of The Freshmen 50, you will see him or her on the endorsement page.

5.    Candidates will be selected based on a combination of their respective chance of success and the degree to which a significant impact on the Washington status quo.

6.   The Freshmen 50 will only accept and endorse candidates who sign The Freshmen 50 platform

The Bullpen  (those who are running for office and have made these promises so far)

The Bullpen consists of Congressional candidates around the country who support the platform and want to be part of The Freshmen 50.  Candidates in the Bullpen have not been endorsed by The Freshmen 50 PAC and do not endorse each other.  Each candidate must make it through their respective primary election.

As we move into the fall and the primaries are completed, The Freshmen 50 will be selected based on liklihood of success and maximizing the impact on the Washington status quo.  The final 50 will each recieve PAC money and a national advertising campaign will be launched to promote The Freshmen 50.

AL-1

David Walter

Al-2

Rick Barber

AL-5

Mo Brooks

AR-4

Glenn Gallas

AZ-3

Ed Winkler

AZ-8

Brian Miller (Founder)

CA-2

Pete Stiglich

CA-8

John Dennis

CA-15

Scott Kirkland

CA-44

Chris Riggs

CA-45

Clayton Thibodeau

CA-47

Cecelia Iglesias

CA-53

C. Mason Weaver

CO-2

Stephen Bailey

CO-3

Bob McConnell

CT-4

Rob Merkle

CT-5

Bill Evans

Mark Greenberg

Fl-2

Eddie Hendry

FL-4

Troy Stanley

FL-5

Jason Sager

FL-8

Kurt Kelly

FL-24

Craig Miller

GA-4

Larry Gause

GA-12

Jeanne Seaver

Carl Smith

GA-13

Michael Frisbee

IA-3

Dave Funk

ID-2

Katherine Burton

IL-17

Bobby Schilling

IN-1

Adam Dombkowski

KS-1

Jim Barnett

KS-3

Patricia Lightner

John Rysavy

KS-4

Jim Anderson

KY-3

Todd Lally

Jeff Reetz

KY-6

Andy Barr

Matt Lockett

MD-1

Jack Wilson

MD-5

Collins Bailey

MI-7

Scott Aughney

MI-9

Rocky Raczkowski

Paul Welday

MO-1

Robyn Hamlin

MO-4

James Scholz

MO-7

Billy Long

NC-11

Dr. Dan Eichenbaum

Greg Newman

NH-2

Bob Giuda

NJ-4

Alan Bateman

NY-19

Nan Hayworth

NY-25

Mark Bitz

NY-29

Tom Reed

OH-3

Rene Oberer

OH-9

Jeremy Swartz

OH-18

Bob Gibbs

OK-4

RJ Harris

OR-3

Delia Lopez

OR-4

Jaynee Germond

OR-5

Scott Bruun

Fred Thompson

PA-3

Paul Huber

PA-15

Jake Towne

SC-3

Jeff Duncan

TN-8

Don Janes

TX-17

William Flores

TX-30

John Jay Myers

VA-2

Kenny Golden

Scott Taylor

VA-5

Ron Ferrin

Michael McPadden

Feda Morton

Laurence Verga

V-9

Jeremiah Heaton

WA-3

Jon Russell

WI-8

Terri McCormick

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