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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Americans for Prosperity issue urgent plea of support for Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby!
Verne Strickland Blogmaster / October 30, 2012
for Prosperity today launched an effort to encourage citizens to
contact Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby and tell him to continue
standing up for the rights of the taxpayers, as he did in his recent
case upholding taxpayers’ rights to sue their government.
is investing an unprecedented $250,000 on a citizen education and
grassroots effort that will include one million pieces of direct mail. You can click here to view the mailer. This
is the largest judicial issue advocacy effort ever by Americans for
Prosperity in any one of the organization’s 34 state chapters and
The mailer is being delivered to one million
households this week to educate citizens on Supreme Court Justice Paul
Newby’s role in upholding the rights of everyday taxpayers to sue the
government over the unconstitutional misuse or misappropriation of tax
dollars. The mailer also encourages citizens to contact Justice Newby
and urge him to continue upholding taxpayer rights.
The caseGoldston v. Statebefore
the state's highest court presented complicated facts, but it is a
simple issue—can taxpayers have their day in court to challenge the
misuse of the public's money? The case was a challenge to raids of the
Highway Trust Fund by Governor Easley and the Democrat-controlled
“The majority opinion said it best when it said,‘Our
cases demonstrate that a taxpayer has standing to bring an action
against appropriate government officials for the alleged misuse or
misappropriation of public funds.’” said Woodhouse.
“The decision means the government can’t abuse taxpayers and then say
that taxpayers have no right to challenge the matter in court.”
2002, Governor Easley raided $80 million from the Highway Trust Fund
and the legislature took another $125 million. The plaintiffs were a
Democrat and a Republican--one a former state senator, the other a
former secretary of transportation.
When the governor and
legislature raided the Highway Trust Fund to pay for general fund
expenses, those taxpayers took a stand. Although lower courts shot down
their right to bring the case, Justice Newby and fellow members of the
majority of the Supreme Court held that they, like every other taxpayer,
have a right to challenge the constitutionality of government's misuse
of tax dollars.