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Tell Members of Congress: Respect the First Amendment and Democracy, Stop Charging Your Constituents for Access!

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Congressmen like Paul Ryan (R-WI) Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Chip Cravaack (R-MN), instead of hosting their own constituent town hall meetings, are having events hosted for them by friendly organizations with a fee for attendance. These members of Congress are so desperate to shelter themselves from criticism that they are denying their constituents' basic democratic access to their elected officials.

The First Amendment states that Americans have the right to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances" and does NOT include the words "only if they are willing and able to pay for that privilege." What Ryan and his colleagues are doing is an affront to American democracy AND to the First Amendment.

Exercise YOUR First Amendment right and petition Congress now.

Sign the petition:

Dear Representative,

The First Amendment states that Americans have the right to "petition the Government for a redress of grievances" and does NOT include the words "only if they are willing and able to pay for that privilege." The new practice of outsourcing constituent meetings to third parties that raise money on the events is an affront to democracy AND to the First Amendment.

I urge you to respect the First Amendment and your constituents. Democracy should not be a "pay-per-view". Stop charging fees for constituent meetings.

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