Conservative Action Project

February 10, 2021
Washington, DC

Conservatives are united in opposing H.R. 1, the attempt by House and Senate Democrats to fundamentally undermine the American electoral system. We further oppose any effort to modify budget reconciliation rules to pass this legislation.

While they cloak the bill in terms of “restoring democracy” and “preventing corruption,” the legislation has one goal: to protect incumbents, at the expense of the First Amendment, federalism, and individual voter integrity.

H.R. 1 undermines the First Amendment. H.R. 1 undoes key Supreme Court cases that protect elections as fundamental to free speech. It would allow the Federal Election Commission to track and catalogue more of what Americans are saying, register even very small political donations, and make public those who donate to different charitable and nonprofit organizations. The legislation will subject private citizens to intimidation and harassment for their private and political beliefs, far broader than what was done in the IRS targeting scandal in 2013.

H.R. 1 yanks election authority away from the states. H.R. 1 reasserts the ability of the federal government to micromanage state elections through a process known as “preclearance.” Preclearance, which was previously overturned by the Supreme Court, requires states to get permission from the federal government for changes as small as modifying the hours of an election office, or moving a voting location from a school gym to the library. Critically, none of these practices would undo any fraud or corruption. Rather, these same practices result in incorrect registrations and inaccurate voter data, while failing to address actual corrupt practices like ballot harvesting. Moreover, they are all designed to eliminate the federalism that keeps elections transparent, local, and fair.

H.R. 1 attacks individual voter integrity. America was founded on the principle of “one person, one vote.” H.R. 1 turns this on its head by weaponizing every aspect of the political regulatory system. The Federal Election Commission, which is currently a neutral body, would be given a 3-2 makeup, guaranteeing a partisan outcome with little accountability toward the actual votes which are cast. H.R. 1 also includes a 600 percent government match for political donations, and authorizes even more public dollars to campaigns. The bill also wants to make Election Day a new paid holiday for government workers, with additional paid vacation given to bureaucrats to oversee the polls. All of these changes are designed to distance the outcome of the election from those casting their votes.

H.R. 1 would also implement the following changes:

  • Forces states to implement mandatory voter registration, removing civic participation as a voluntary choice, and increasing chances for error.
  • Mandates that states allow all felons to vote.
  • Forces states to extend periods of early voting, which has shown to have no effect on turnout.
  • Mandates same-day voter registration, which encourages voter fraud.
  • Limits the ability of states to cooperate to see who is registered in multiple states at the same time.
  • Prohibits election observers from cooperating with election officials to file formal challenges to suspicious voter registrations.
  • Criminalizes protected political speech by making it a crime to “discourage” someone from voting
  • Bars states from making their own laws about voting by mail.
  • Prohibits chief election officials in each state from participating in federal election campaigns.
  • Mandates free mailing of absentee ballots.
  • Mandates that states adopt new redistricting commissions.

H.R. 1 would cause sweeping and irrevocable damage to the free speech, privacy, and integrity that are central components to free and fair elections in America. We oppose H.R. 1 in the strongest terms and urge all conservatives to do likewise.

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Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
Tom McClusky
March for Life Action
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
The Honorable Russ Vought
Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
William L. Walton
Council for National Policy
The Honorable Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)
Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute
Tim Chapman
Executive Director
Stand for America
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Wesley Denton
Chief Operating Officer
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
Lisa B. Nelson
Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute
David N. Bossie
Citizens United
Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform
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Visiting Fellow
Heritage Foundation
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Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988
The Honorable Donald J. Devine
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (1981-1985)
Michael Farris
Alliance Defending Freedom
Carrie Lukas
Independent Women’s Forum
Heather R. Higgins
Independent Women’s Voice
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Gregory Mgt. Co.
John McLaughlin
McLaughlin & Associates
Frank J. Gaffney
Executive Chairman
Center for Security Policy
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American Values
Mike Davis
Founder and President
Article III Project (A3P)
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General Counsel
National Center for Public Policy Research
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
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Students for Life Action
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Public Interest Legal Foundation
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Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
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STAND Foundation, Inc.
Terry Schilling
American Principles Project
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Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
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National Director
Priests for Life
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government
Marc Little
Center for Urban Renewal and Education
Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum
Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Christina Murphy Lusk
The Martin Foundation
Lourdes Cosio
Campaign for the American Future
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Chief Financial Officer
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Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
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Past President
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Grace Chapel
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Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute
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Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
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Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation
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Less Government
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Western Center for Journalism
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Host, America, Can We Talk?
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Executive Producer
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Vice President
AFA Action
Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group
Jay Mount
MDS Communications Corporation
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The Concord Fund
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American Policy Center
Allen Roth
Secure America Now
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Founder and President
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Richard D. Hayes
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP
Kielle C. Horton
The Lindsey Foundation
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President Emeritus
Eagle Forum
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Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
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National Federation of Republican Assemblies
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Point of View Radio
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President & CEO
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Managing Editor
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President and Founder
Legal Immigrants for America
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Women for America First
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Center for Military Readiness
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Executive Director
Women for America First
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60 Plus Association
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60 Plus Association
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
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The Honorable Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
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Arromid, LLC
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Long Business Advisors, LLC
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Hawaiian Values
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Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
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The Reagan Legacy Forum
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Founder, President
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Lindsey Communications
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President & Executive Director
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Media Research Center
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Former Member
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American Family Association
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Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
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Independent Women’s Law Center
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State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
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Executive Director
Save Our States
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Director of Development
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Vice President & Legal Director
National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation
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National Right to Work Committee
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Ignite America
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There’s Hope America
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Committee for Justice
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Director of Public Policy
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