After six long years and endless appeals, the IRS has finally granted the Albuquerque Tea Party (ATP) its long-overdue status as a nonprofit 401c(4) organization! ATP President Graham Bartlett states, "The decision by the IRS is a win for free speech for all parties."
ATP is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the public on the importance of the core principles of constitutionally limited government and the free enterprise system.
As an example of ATP activities, on July 18 we are hosting a Mayoral Candidates' Forum at the UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd. NE, in which all eight of the mayoral candidates have promised to attend. The event will be moderated by the League of Women Voters. Refreshments will be provided at a "Meet and Greet" starting at 6:30 PM, with the Forum beginning at 7:00 PM.
ATP hosted a similar event, also moderated by the League of Women Voters, for Albuquerque Public School Board candidates back in January of this year.
These events illustrate just how unjustified the long delay in granting ATP's nonprofit status really was. We hope the IRS will continue what appears to be its new and more balanced approach to evaluating applications for nonprofit status by conservative organizations interested in public affairs.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) represented the ATP pro bono before the IRS.
For more information, contact Graham Bartlett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did we get to the state we are in today? Our elected officials are no longer working to provide 'we the people' with the things our state and national Constitutions require of them. Their time is exclusively spent gaining power, and lately gaining power by destroying anyone who is not on their side.
Destructive politics has become a well-organized process. Can you imagine what our nation and our state would be like if our elected officials spent even half the amount of time promoting the general welfare than they do trying to destroy the opposition?
The relentless attacks on Trump by the media and the Democratic leadership are like a fine-tuned instrument. If at any time, you listen to the mass media, you will hear the same phrases repeated in every channel. Is that by accident or is someone providing the day's "talking points"?
But let's not limit it to the Democratic party - the Republicans are no angels. Depending on which way the political winds are blowing, they will throw anyone under the bus who does not fit their power agenda, including those members of their own party who are trying to be hardworking representatives of the electorate.
I am not sure if the New Mexico party bosses have taught the national parties how to destroy their opponents or the other way around. But NM is up there with the best (or worst) of them. Their attacks on the Sonntags are a perfect example of destructive politics, a la New Mexico style.
The current climate of destructive politics is disgusting. ATP will work to expose and defeat those politicians at the polls who practice that type of behavior. We will do this by seeking the truth on the issues and spreading the truth in all our education efforts. We believe in the Constitution and that governments exist to serve the people, not their own power ambitions.
We welcome all New Mexicans who agree with bringing civility back into our society to join us in making New Mexico and the United States a place where liberty is more important than power politics.
From ATP President, Graham Bartlett:
I never cease to be amazed at the lack of honesty and integrity of some people when it comes to politics. The fabricating of out-and-out lies for the purpose of stirring the emotions in their followers is mind boggling. I would like to share a letter with you partially to illustrate my point and also to set the record straight on where the Albuquerque TEA Party (ATP) stands.
The letter comes from Progressive Champions PAC. They attempt to incriminate the Albuquerque TEA Party in the upcoming school board election.
"APS elections are just 3 weeks away and our Tea Party is targeting four more seats - enough to give them a majority on the APS board - and the tactics they are using are right out of the national Tea Party playbook."
As our supporters know, we do not support any candidates during any election. The letter also references our forum on January 17th, which was moderated by the League of Women's Voters. We invited all candidates to participate. If some of the democrats chose not to participate, that was their choice.
A question I have is, what is the Tea Party Playbook? The ATP has never been given a "Playbook" and I, as president, have never seen one.
This next quote is even more interesting:
"They are running board members of the Albuquerque Tea Party, promising to roll back required anti-discrimination laws and using fake news to fire up the right-wing base they need to fire up."
The reference to running board members is that Brian Tierney, an ATP board member (not vice president as the letter says), decided on his own, as an Albuquerque citizen, to run for the school board. No one on the ATP board asked him to and we have not given him any support.
The letter also says, "Kayla Marshall's campaign is managed by an active Tea Party member." First, I do not know who this TEA Party member is and second, the ATP does not tell our supporters what they as individuals can and cannot do. Because someone is active in the ATP and at the same time is helping a candidate does not make that activity an official ATP activity.
Finally, I would urge the writers of the Progressive Champions PAC letter share with us this "Fake News" that is supposed to get the right-wing base fired up. The "Right Wing Base" does not get fired up over fake news because they think with their heads and check news sources.
I urge the Progressive Champions PAC to check their sources before they print accusations such as in this letter. Printing unsubstantiated information only serves to diminish their honesty and their integrity. And THAT is why the democratic party and the progressive movement is slipping away into oblivion.
A question - if a candidate's supporters use lies and emotional images to influence the electorate, is that a reflection on the honesty and integrity of the candidate? Unless the candidate openly denies any association with that group, I would have to think so. History supports that a person who uses these tactics to win an election continues with the practice once they are in office.
As we all know, putting incumbents back into office and expecting different results is a definition of insanity. If you like the way the school board is running APS, by all means, vote the incumbents back in. Otherwise, let us communicate our dissatisfaction with the current board's performance and the behavior of their supporters and put new faces on the board.
I urge everyone to get out and vote. Otherwise, the unscrupulous people in our society will get out and vote their own kind onto the APS Board.
Early voting is over. Here is a clickable map of polling locations open through February 7. Elections are being held for APS districts 3, 5, 6 and 7. Remember, when it comes to local elections, every vote counts!
There are two, self evident success factors to a thriving New Mexico: A Business-friendly economic environment and a well-educated workforce.
The fact of the matter is, though, that we can have in place the best economic policies and still find ourselves at the bottom of the barrel should we not create an educated workforce to support a good economic environment.
The Board of the largest, most critical public school system in New Mexico has failed our children and our state far too long. It is time for a significant change!
Four APS Board seats are up for contestation. By putting in place common-sense conservatives in those seats, we can begin to build toward a prosperous tomorrow!
As is often said, elections have consequences. And, in this most local of races, your vote counts! Come to this evening's ATP Candidate Forum to evaluate and choose who you will support for the upcoming APS Board election on February 7.
Our children's future, and that of our state, is in your hands.
Save the Date
On the 3rd Tuesday of each month the ABQ Tea Party meets with fellow conservatives at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center from 7 to 8:30 PM. Come early and bring a friend or two!
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