In March, six Democratic state attorneys–general and the independent attorney general from the U.S. Virgin Islands–joined forces with former Vice President Al Gore on a campaign to intimidate policy organizations that question climate policy. Reason‘s Ron Bailey looks at Reason’s involvement in the campaign in a recent Reason.com article. A subpoena was served to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a leading critic of climate policy, for the release of documents regarding CEI’s energy program, which included correspondence with Reason Foundation. Although the subpoena was revoked in late May, the government’s efforts to suppress dissent go directly to the core of freedom of speech in America. What is protected speech? And what does this mean for our First Amendment freedoms?
On Tuesday, June 21st, you are cordially invited to join Reason Foundation President David Nott, CEI President Kent Lassmann, and other friends of liberty for an in-depth discussion of the subpoena and its implications for freedom of speech.
If a coalition of attorneys general can attack groups like CEI and Reason simply because we hold views contrary to government preferences, then everyone’s right to free speech is threatened. I hope you’ll join us and our friends from CEI for this important discussion.
“Abuse of Power: Suppressing Free Speech”
Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 reception, 6:45 program
Reason Foundation Headquarters, 5737 Mesmer Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90230
Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Valet parking will be available.
RSVP by June 20 to Mary Toledo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-391-2245.