America’s Future filed an Amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) yesterday (May 24) in National Rifle Association of America (NRA) v Maria T. Vullo, SCOTUS Dkt. 22-842. The SCOTUS public docket for this case can be located here. The brief was filed in defense of the First Amendment rights of speech and association and to defend the rights of all citizens and organizations to be treated fairly and even-handedly by government officials no matter the political preference.
The facts of this case are disturbing, to say the aleast. They involve former New York government officials who, at the time they were in office, used their political positions to coerce, threaten, and intimidate banks and insurance companies against associating with the NRA, a highly organized and influential advocacy organization, well-known for preferring republican candidates over democrats and conservative platforms over liberal left, communistic ideas.
The NRA advocates for liberty, freedom, and patriotism and is celebrated by many as the premiere Second Amendment rights organization in America, all of which completely offends the out-of-touch radically progressive New York coastal elites who run Manhattan. With that in mind, it would be one thing if government officials outwardly displayed hostility towards one political party or another, it is a whole different situation when high-ranking state officials collude to harm a political adversary or adversarial group.
In this case, a New York state administrative agency with enforcement powers, i.e., the NY Department of Financial Services (DFS), tasked with overseeing NY banks and NY insurance companies opened an investigation into the NRA and then, in a somewhat roundabout manner, DFS threatens banks not to do business with the NRA because associating with the NRA may cause harm to the banks. New York argues that it is entitled to warn banks of its belief that the bank would suffer “reputational risk” depending on what people and groups with which it associates.
Our brief provides the SCOTUS with ample insight and information revealing the pretext used by certain New York government officials who misuse the government and all its powers to punish political opponents and pursue politically corrupt conduct.
Our brief seeks SCOTUS intervention. America remains in dire straits, starving for some accountability from corrupt politically-motivated shysters. One argument in our brief states:
The lower court’s rationale for permitting the use of government force to target and squelch disfavored First Amendment speech about disfavored Second Amendment rights evinces an open hostility to both the critical constitutional rights at issue, and could not be more thinly veiled.
America’s Future advocates for the NRA’s position in this case and respectfully requests that the SCOTUS hears this case and rules in a manner that leads to accountability that is meaningful in this country. Government officials who intentionally treat (or mistreat) others based on political party affiliation, should be subject to swift and harsh penalties, including criminal. Abuse of power is akin to fraud against the people of this country.