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From: Kraig Powell
To: Rep. McKell, M.,
Subject: FW: The Stealth Campaign to Defeat Article V Excerpt from Congressional Research Service
Date: 2014-03-05T16:15:30Z
House Colleagues:

There are several interesting angles to the Article V Constitutional Amendment Convention issue.  Here is another one of them.  Please let me know if you have any questions on this specific issue or on HJR 8 as a whole.


Kraig Powell

From: Scott Rogers <scottrogers614@gmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:46 AM
To: "Rep. Kraig Powell" <kraigpowell@le.utah.gov>
Cc: david biddulph <davidlbiddulph@gmail.com>, Tony Castagno <tcastagno@le.utah.gov>, Susie Biddulph <susiebiddulphmfc@gmail.com>
Subject: The Stealth Campaign to Defeat Article V Excerpt from Congressional Research Service
Resent-From: "Rep. Kraig Powell" <kraigpowell@le.utah.gov>

Rep. Powell,

You may wish to send this excerpt from a report by the Congressional Research Service. This excerpt notes the stealth campaign by the left to stop the Article V BBA movement by using scare tactics. Unfortunately, it worked (Eagle Forum and JBS bought in) and our nation is dealing with the repercussions of this stealth misinformation campaign to this very day.

"As the number of state applications mounted, critics mobilized to oppose the campaign; a counter-convention group, Citizens for the Constitution, was established to make the case against an Article V balanced budget amendment convention. The newly formed organization described that effort as a stealth campaign: Vice President Walter Mondale’s chief of staff asserted that,“[t]hey were remarkably successful until it became known what they were doing.... Nobody was paying any attention.” Some opponents claimed that a balanced budget amendment would place federal finances in a “straight jacket,” while others warned against the dangers of a runaway convention. Supporters of the convention accused the opposition of using “scare tactics,” but the campaign appeared to lose momentum. New applications “no longer breezed through state legislative chambers …"

Source: Congressional Research Service - The Article V Convention for Proposing Constitutional Amendments: Historical Perspectives for Congress - Thomas H. Neale, Specialist in American National Government, October 22, 2012

In LIberty,


Scott Rogers
Executive Director
Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
P.O. Box 1261
Leesburg, VA 20177
E-mail: ScottRogers@BBA4USA.org
Twitter: BBA4USA