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Advancing American Freedom Expands Organization to Mobilize Conservative Movement

Advancing American Freedom today announced that Tim Chapman, previously senior advisor, will become president of the organization, as the group moves to expand its operations. In addition, AAF has announced the promotion of Paul Teller, who has served as the group’s executive director since its founding, to Executive Vice President, enlarging his current policy, messaging, and coalitions work and overseeing a soon-to-be-announced portfolio that will ensure AAF builds the increased capacity to be a national leader in the conservative movement. Chapman has held multiple high profile leadership positions in the conservative movement over the last two and a half decades. Teller is widely seen as one of the nation’s most skilled conservative operators with an unmatched focus on building and maintaining conservative coalitions.

These changes come at a time of upheaval in the conservative movement, where Advancing American Freedom will continue to stand for the time-honored principles that have created a winning movement for the last 40 years. Earlier this year, AAF announced a goal of 20 million dollars for its overall 2024 budget and is currently on track to meet or exceed that goal. These personnel advancements reflect a commitment by the AAF board of directors, its founder Mike Pence, and our many supporters across the nation to build a permanent beachhead for conservative principles in Washington, DC.

“Tim Chapman is a principled conservative leader with decades of experience in the conservative movement and Advancing American Freedom is privileged to have him joining our leadership team,” said Vice President Mike Pence. “We’re in a time for choosing in the conservative movement, and I can think of no one more qualified to navigate this time and hold the banner of principled conservatism high than Tim Chapman. I am also grateful for the work of Paul Teller over the past three years and am thrilled to have him continue to serve as a critical part of the leadership team in this next phase of Advancing American Freedom.”

“Tim Chapman and I have been close personal friends for almost 20 years, so it’s a tremendous honor to get to bring him into this new role at Advancing American Freedom,” said Paul Teller. “Tim’s understanding of, and tireless work in, the conservative movement is one of the best in the business and has led to numerous policy victories across his many years. I’m eager to work closely with him and dive in on my expanded mission.”

“Advancing American Freedom has become the anchor for conservative principles amidst the winds on the right that have strayed from those conservative principles,” said Tim Chapman. “Our nation faces unparalleled challenges as the unhinged progressive left continues to take over our institutions and remake our way of life. It is critically important that conservatives meet this challenge with integrity, principle, and a clear-eyed determination to fight. Mike Pence exemplifies this attitude, and I am
honored to take on this leadership role on his team. Doing this important work each day alongside my longtime friend Paul Teller will make the tasks ahead even more meaningful and successful.”

AAF on SCOTUS Mifepristone Ruling

Advancing American Freedom released the below statement after SCOTUS failed to reverse the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, the chemical abortion drug.

“In February, Advancing American Freedom, along with more than 30 fellow amici, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court arguing that since the FDA’s approval of the abortion drug mifepristone, the government has prioritized a political agenda over science and safety. Today, the Supreme Court failed to reverse the FDA’s unlawful approval in 2000 of mifepristone,” said AAF General Counsel J. Marc Wheat. “Finding that the physicians’ challenges to FDA had not suffered actual or imminent injury, the Court avoided an essential question: the political agenda-driven rather than science-supported review of the FDA’s initial approval and the Biden Administration’s inexplicable dropping of the safety measures required for the drug’s use. The road to the overturn of Roe v. Wade was long and marked by setbacks. The long struggle to protect women and the unborn against chemical abortion must go on in the same manner. AAF will continue to pursue legal advocacy that protects women and the unborn.”

You can read AAF’s initial amicus brief for the case here.

AAF on Right to IVF Act: “It’s a Moral Disaster”

“The Democrats’ so-called “Right to IVF Act” (S. 4445) is a legislative and moral disaster,” said AAF Executive Director Paul Teller. “Rather than taking up Advancing American Freedom’s call to advance fertility care in a positive direction, this legislation would exacerbate existing issues with IVF, drive lawsuits against Catholic nuns and other religious groups with deeply held convictions, mandate insurance coverage of surrogacy, and increase healthcare premiums for every American.”

Congress should reject S. 4445, as well as similar legislation that fails to secure common sense protections for the unborn from the moment of conception.

AAF on SCOTUS Ruling on NRA Case

General Counsel for Advancing American Freedom, J. Marc Wheat, released the following statement:

“Today the Supreme Court unanimously ruled for the National Rifle Association (NRA) in its challenge to New York’s effort to punish it by proxy, finding that the NRA’s case was wrongly dismissed by the lower courts. In January, Advancing American Freedom filed an amicus brief with 34 other groups in defense of insurance companies’ freedom of association on which New York’s Department of Financial Services trampled when it investigated insurance programs offered by the NRA through insurance companies, and called on those companies to discontinue their arrangements with the NRA. We argued that the government cannot accomplish by proxy what it cannot accomplish directly. It cannot censor or punish a speaker or entity like the NRA by punishing third party organizations like insurance companies who dare to associate with the speaker who is disfavored by the government. AAF and its fellow amici made similar arguments in Murthy v. Missouri, the Court’s decision in which can be expected sometime in the next several weeks. We hope to see a similar ruling in that case which challenged the current administration’s pressure campaign against social media companies to silence speech about the COVID pandemic.”

AAF Files Amicus Brief in National Small Business United v. Department of the Treasury

Advancing American Freedom led an amicus brief with over 13 other amici in National Small Business United v. Department of the Treasury, in which the Eleventh Circuit is considering a district court decision that held unconstitutional the Corporate Transparency Act which requires certain companies to disclose information about their beneficial owners to the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

“The federal government of the United States increasingly seeks to make itself the custodian of unimaginable amounts of information about the American people, a power well beyond its constitutional design as a limited and enumerated government,” said AAF General Counsel J. Marc Wheat. “Corporate Transparency Act is beyond the power granted to Congress in the Commerce Clause of Article I, even as modified by the Necessary and Proper Clause. Such structural limitations of the Constitution, not the Bill of Rights, must be the primary source of security for the rights of the people.”

You can read the amicus brief here.

AAF Leads Amicus Brief Defending Boston Students from Racial Discrimination

Advancing American Freedom led an amicus brief with over 26 other amici in Boston Parents Coalition for Academic Excellence v. School Committee of City of Boston, in which students are challenging a change in policy at a competitive Boston high school that was designed to increase racial balance at the school and which has had the inevitable impact of decreasing admissions for Asian American students.

“Schools around the country are trying to find ways to continue discriminating against applicants for admissions based on race even after the Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard in which the Court recognized that discriminating based on race in school admissions is a violation of that fundamental principle,” said AAF General Counsel J. Marc Wheat. “Such discrimination is contrary to one of the core principles of American government; equal treatment before the law.”

You can read the full brief here.

AAF on Supreme Court Decision on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

From AAF General Counsel J. Marc Wheat:

“The Supreme Court today upheld Congress’s delegation of its core power of the purse to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency within the executive branch. Rather than receiving annual oversight through the regular appropriations process from the House and Senate, the CFPB bills the costs of its operations to the Federal Reserve.

The framers of the Constitution divided power against itself, separating the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of the federal government into three co-equal, competing branches. This structure of the Constitution exists not for the convenience of those in power but as a protection of the liberties of the people.

One of the most important powers of Congress is its power of the purse, which ensures that the Executive Branch is responsible to the regular control of the people’s elected representatives. Congress may not undermine that separation by delegating to the Executive Branch the authority to set its own budget, nor may the Supreme Court rightly stand idly by while Congress abdicates its legislative responsibilities. As we argued in our amicus brief to the Supreme Court in SEC v. Jarkesy, ‘[A]ny attempt to restructure the powers of the federal government inconsistent with the separation of powers established by the Constitution is beyond the power of Congress.’ In the same way, any decision that upholds an unconstitutional delegation of power is beyond the power of the courts.”

AAF on Mayorkas Impeachment

April 18th, 2024

Advancing American Freedom issued the following statement after the Senate dismissed articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Mayorkas.

“The U.S. Senate derelicted its constitutional duty to hold a trial today by voting to dismiss articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Mayorkas without rendering judgement, said AAF Executive Director Paul Teller. “While only a proper trial could have exposed Mayorkas’ role in the nightmares playing out every day at our southern border, AAF is confident that elected officials will find other ways to shine a spotlight on those tragedies and overcome the disturbing precedent set today.”

AAF Files Amicus Brief Fighting Against Chemical Abortions

April 15th, 2024

Advancing American Freedom led an amicus brief with over 30 other amici in GenBioPro v. Raynes, in which abortion drug manufacturer GenBioPro has sued West Virginia, claiming that the state’s pro-life law is preempted by federal law which the company claims gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate chemical abortion and thus prohibits states from doing so.

“Where the federal government fails to protect the fundamental rights of those within its jurisdiction, states have both the authority and responsibility to do so,” said AAF General Counsel Marc Wheat. “If Congress intends to preempt state law on an issue as controversial and significant as abortion, it must do so clearly so that the courts can assess the legitimacy of that delegation of power. AAF supports West Virginia’s effort to protect the right to life of the most vulnerable people in the state; the unborn.”

Read the amicus brief here.

AAF Founder Mike Pence on President Trump’s Abortions Comments

April 8th, 2024

AAF Founder Vice President Pence issued the following statement after President Trump said abortion should be decided at the state level.

“President Trump’s retreat on the Right to Life is a slap in the face to the millions of pro-life Americans who voted for him in 2016 and 2020. By nominating and standing by the confirmation of conservative justices, the Trump-Pence Administration helped send Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs and gave the pro-life movement the opportunity to compassionately support women and unborn children. In the landmark Dobbs decision, the Supreme Court returned the question of abortion to the states and the American people. The American people elect presidents, senators and congressmen, and a majority of Americans long to see minimum national protections for the unborn in federal law. But today, too many Republican politicians are all too ready to wash their hands of the battle for life. Republicans win on life when we speak the truth boldly and stand on the principle that we all know to be true – human life begins at conception and should be defended from womb to tomb. However much our Republican nominee or other candidates seek to marginalize the cause of life, I know pro-life Americans will never relent until we see the sanctity of life restored to the center of American law in every state in this country.”