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Advancing American Freedom to State Dept: “Redesignate the Houthis as a Terrorist Organization”

Advancing American Freedom led a coalition letter with 42 co-signers calling on the Department of State to redesignate the Houthis as a terrorist organization after they have fired missiles at Israel and continually attacked American and other ships in the Red Sea, forcing the world’s largest shipping companies to reroute vessels, disrupting global trade and increasing oil prices.

“Removing the Houthis from the list of terrorist organizations was one of the first mistakes of this administration,” said AAF Executive Director Paul Teller. “As the Middle East grows more unstable after Hamas’ unprovoked attack in Israel, the Houthis have added to the chaos, and there is no diplomacy that will dissuade them. The United States must return to a posture of clear-headed realism and treat our enemies as they deserve to be treated.”

Read the full letter here.

AAF Files Amicus Brief in Case Considering Chevron Deference

November 27th, 2023

Advancing American Freedom today filed an amicus brief in Relentless v. Department of Commerce, which could be the case in which the Supreme Court overturns Chevron. Chevron requires courts to defer to administrative agencies’ “reasonable” interpretation of supposedly ambiguous statutes, even when that interpretation is clearly not the most reasonable interpretation of the statute.

“Chevron Deference is regularly used by the administrative state to expand the power granted to them by Congress,” said AAF General Counsel J. Marc Wheat. “Overturning Chevron is an important step toward reigning in the administrative state and realigning the Federal Government with the structure established by the Constitution. We look forward to hearing the Supreme Court’s decision in this case.”

You can read the brief here.

AAF Founder Mike Pence on Biden Administration’s Plan to Eliminate Gas Vehicles

Advancing American Freedom founder Vice President Mike Pence issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s plan to nearly eliminate all gas vehicles produced by 2032.

“President Biden and his progressive allies on Capitol Hill have been intent on crippling the U.S. energy industry for the sake of a radical green agenda. This latest announcement only further underscores the Left’s prioritization of its policies over the prosperity of the American people.

“The government has no right to tell Americans what kind of car they can drive any more than they can tell vehicle manufacturers what to produce. President Biden’s far-left climate agenda reduces options for consumers and increases our reliance on China and its electric vehicle battery production.

“Conservatives should reject Biden’s radical climate overreach and advance pro-American policies that restore a booming economy, unleash our energy producers, and protect the freedom to choose the car they drive.”

AAF Calls Out Biden’s Expensive “Green Tax Credits”

Advancing American Freedom issued the following statement after economic forecasters reveal Biden’s green tax credits are going to increase costs for U.S. taxpayers.

“The Biden administration’s ‘green tax credit’ was always a myth, and now economic forecasters are spelling out the drastic cost to American taxpayers,” said AAF Executive Director Paul Teller. “Now that these green tax credits have proven to be more expensive than what was originally predicted, Congress should be doing everything possible to roll back the tax credits and get us back on to a path of energy independence.”

AAF Rallies House GOP to Continue the Anti-ESG Fight

Today, Advancing American Freedom (AAF) sent a letter to House leadership applauding their efforts to repeal the Biden administration’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) rule and calling for Congress to continue efforts to codify the anti-ESG legislation. This most recent letter features signatures from twice as many state treasurers as the first iteration, an encouraging sign that the coalition continues to grow with additional states taking up the mantle against ESG. (PENCE: U.S. States Show How to Fight ‘Woke’ Wolves of Wall Street)

“We are grateful for the House’s effort and leadership to repeal the woke ESG 401(k) rule and will continue to rally behind the conference in their efforts to eliminate this hurtful overreach once and for all,” said AAF Executive Director Paul Teller. “Americans are looking to Congress to protect their hard-earned savings from being funneled into Biden’s woke agenda. We look forward to continuing our work with leadership to include this crucial legislation in upcoming legislative packages and deliver a win for the American worker.”


Advancing American Freedom has led the support for the woke 401(k) rule overturn resolution, with efforts that target key audiences in D.C. and nationwide. In February, AAF sent a coalition letter to Congress signed by over 100 conservative leaders and organizations calling for a vote on the Braun-Barr resolution. To amplify these efforts, AAF also ran ad campaigns in Arizona and Montana calling for constituents to contact Senator Tester (MT) and Senator Sinema (AZ) in support of the resolution, resulting in Senator Tester voting yes on the resolution.

In April of 2022, Vice President Pence delivered remarks at Rice University, calling out those who sought to weaponize the U.S. financial system to “destroy energy producers from within.”

Vice President Pence also has written two nationally-syndicated pieces in RealClearMarkets and the Wall Street Journal calling for conservatives to take up the mantle against the Radical Left’s ESG agenda.

AAF Steps Up Fight for Parents’ Rights

Advancing American Freedom, joined by 20 additional conservative organizations, filed an amicus brief in parental rights case Foote v. Ludlow in Massachusetts. The case follows the same argument as the brief Advancing American Freedom (AAF) filed in the Linn Mar Community School District case in Iowa.

“Families are the foundation of our society, and woke school policies that seek to disrupt the family unit and hide life-altering choices about the child from the parents need to be resisted,” said J Marc Wheat, General Counsel for AAF. “Advancing American Freedom will continue to stand beside parents and their children to push back against the Far-Left Agenda.”


AAF filed the amicus brief for the Linn Mar school district and launched a parents’ rights campaign in February.

In March, AAF filed its second amicus brief in Massachusetts.

Advancing American Freedom and Heritage’s Oversight Project File Joint Lawsuit Against Department of Justice

Advancing American Freedom and The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project filed a joint lawsuit against the Department of Justice for their failure to produce documents related to the recent attacks and violence against pro-life centers after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“It is clear that President Biden’s politicized Department of Justice is fearful of igniting the wrath of the Far Left and abortion extremists,” J. Marc Wheat, general counsel for AAF. “The American people have a right to know why those who burned and vandalized pregnancy centers have not been held accountable for their violence against traditional conservatives and pro-life groups.”


Advancing American Freedom filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Justice demanding DOJ records about attacks against pro-life organizations and whether the DOJ was ignoring them.

AAF Applauds House GOP Release of Lower Energy Costs Act

Advancing American Freedom issued the following statement after the Republican House Majority released the Lower Energy Costs Act, H.R.1.

“Last year, AAF released the Freedom Agenda, which calls on political leadership to restore American opportunity by reestablishing policies to promote American energy dominance. With H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, the new Republican majority has delivered,” said AAF Executive Director Paul Teller. “We look forward to advancing this important victory for the American people through Congress and on to the White House.”

In 2022, AAF spent $10 million in support of pro-American energy policies through a nationwide advocacy campaign. This year, AAF has released a legislative agenda, featuring the policy reforms Congress must adopt to address the energy crisis, many of which have been incorporated into H.R. 1.

AAF on Approval of Alaska Drilling Project

Advancing American Freedom issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s approval of the Alaska drilling project.

“While it is refreshing to see the Biden administration deviate from the playbook of climate radicalists, we should be clear: approval of the Willow Project should be the starting point to restore American energy independence,” said AAF Executive Director Paul Teller. “This decision does not reverse the damage done by President Biden’s cancellation of critical energy infrastructure projects or lack of investment in domestic energy production. Before taking its victory lap, the administration should first rollback the regulatory burden it has placed on the energy industry and signal its willingness to be a good faith partner in unleashing American energy on an ongoing basis.”

Advancing American Freedom released a legislative agenda with proposals to unleash American energy production and restore the United States’ standing as a global energy leader.