Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) and Empower America
Merge to Form FreedomWorks
Dick Armey, Jack Kemp, C. Boyden Gray to Chair New Org.
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WASHINGTON, DC - Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) and Empower America today announced that they have merged to form a new grassroots advocacy organization, FreedomWorks, that will expand and broaden the national fight for lower taxes, less government, and more economic freedom.
Three of the most respected and accomplished leaders of the conservative, free-market movement-- Dick Armey, C. Boyden Gray, and Jack Kemp-- will serve as the Co-Chairmen of FreedomWorks. Bill Bennett will focus on school choice as a Senior Fellow. Matt Kibbe is FreedomWorks’ new President and CEO.
FreedomWorks immediately boasts over 360,000 members and a legal structure that includes a 501 c(3), a 501 c(4), a 527, a federal PAC, and various state PACs. FreedomWorks is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with full-time campaign staff on the ground in the battleground states of Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. The new organization also houses a sophisticated conservative political database containing over 600,000 activist names in all 50 states.
Additionally, FreedomWorks announced its strategy for the 2004 elections and its plan to run major voter education campaigns and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) efforts in key races. To execute this campaign, FreedomWorks will employ good old fashioned “shoe leather” politics and a standing army of seasoned political volunteers who routinely lead election year GOTV activities including rallies, literature drops, phone tree call-downs, and door to door efforts.
Dick Armey commented, “Ronald Reagan launched a political and intellectual revolution, and the Contract with America expanded it. Today, it’s time for the next wave. We have a rare window to make the big ideas of individual ownership and economic opportunity a political reality for all Americans. That’s the purpose of FreedomWorks.”
Jack Kemp also said, “FreedomWorks is a bold new approach and yet with this merger, it is built on over 30 years of combined organizational experience. By merging the policy expertise of Empower America with CSE’s grassroots machine, FreedomWorks provides the freedom movement with an organization that has unprecedented scale, reach, experience, and impact.”
C. Boyden Gray added, “For the past several years, we found ourselves working on the same issues: tax reform, Social Security PRAs, welfare reform, and tort reform. FreedomWorks wisely combines the two organizations’ efforts, and the result will be far greater than the sum of the parts. We believe that good policy makes good politics, and we’re putting that belief into action.”
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe closed, “FreedomWorks is also a new and powerful answer to the challenge presented by the Left and groups like America Coming Together (ACT), MoveOn.org, and the Media Fund. Our mission is no less ambitious than fundamentally changing the way our government operates. We’re going to create what President Bush calls an ‘ownership society’ built on freedom and individual empowerment, and we are going to accomplish it through broad citizen action.”
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