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AFP Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett

Oct 26, 2020 by AFP

Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity (AFP) congratulated Justice Amy Coney Barrett on her confirmation by the Senate to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court and commended its grassroots activists for their incredible work to ensure Justice Barrett’s confirmation. Since the launch of AFP’s full scale campaign, which began just minutes after Justice Barrett’s nomination by President Trump on Sep. 26th, AFP grassroots activists have made and sent more than 750,000 –  three quarters of a million – phone calls and letters to their senators urging them to confirm Judge Barrett to the high court. AFP will now launch a campaign, which includes digital and newspaper ads, to thank those senators who voted to confirm Justice Barrett.

Casey Mattox, AFP’s Vice President for Legal and Judicial Strategy, issued the following statement:

“All Americans will benefit from having Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court. She is a highly-qualified and independent minded judge who will help ensure the Supreme Court upholds the Constitution and preserves our fundamental civil liberties for years to come. We thank President Trump for nominating, and the Senate for confirming, Justice Barrett to the high court.

“Most importantly, we thank our grassroots for keeping the pressure up. We are in awe of our activists’ incredible work over the last several weeks, mobilizing across the country, at a moment’s notice, to talk with their fellow Americans about Justice Barrett’s judicial philosophy and record that puts the Constitution first. Because of them, we were able to generate more than 750,000 letters and phone calls to senators and let them know that Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be, without question, Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”

Background on AFP’s Campaign to Confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett:

Americans for Prosperity launched a full-scale national campaign to mobilize its permanent grassroots infrastructure and empower its activists to support Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the high court.

The national campaign, which focused on Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia, launched just minutes after President Trump nominated Justice Barrett on Sep. 26 and included a robust mix of targeted direct-mail, layered digital ads, and other tactics to supplement activists’ efforts across the country.

AFP also set up a unique UniteForBarrett.com web page that empowered activists to share their support of Justice Barrett with their senators, and the group’s state leaders have taken the conversation directly to the grassroots by talking to members of their communities, writing op-eds in local newspapers, and hitting the airwaves. The group has also hosted 10 live videoconferences for the grassroots to hear directly from their senators and state attorneys general, and spearheaded a coalition letter of more than 200 leaders from national and state groups urging senators to confirm Justice Barrett.

AFP activists sent or made more than 750,000 letters and phone calls to their senators urging them to confirm Justice Amy Coney Barrett. This includes more than 10,000 letters and phone calls to senators in Alaska and more than 30,000 letters and phone calls to senators in Utah.

Resources:

Press Releases:

AFP Calls on President to Nominate Constitutionalist to U.S. Supreme Court (9/21/20)
AFP Mounts Full Scale Campaign to Confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett (9/26/20)
AFP, Broad Coalition Sign Letter Urging Senators to Support Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Confirmation (10/8/20)
AFP Commends Senate Judiciary Committee for Advancing Barrett Nomination (10/22/20)

National OpEds:

National Review Online: The Supreme Court Needs a Justice Who Puts the Constitution First (9/21/20)
The Hill: Supporting judges who support the Constitution, not policy outcomes (10/12/20)
Newsweek: Packing the Court Risks Destroying its Legitimacy | Opinion (10/26/20)

State OpEds:

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska): Sen. Murkowski should support Judge Amy Coney Barrett (10/11/20)
Wheeling News-Register (West Virginia): Manchin Should Vote to Confirm Judge Barrett (10/10/20)
Deseret News (Utah): Romney was right to move ahead on Court nominee. Now he should vote to confirm her
The Gazette (Iowa): Iowa plays outsized role in Supreme Court confirmation hearing (10/20/20)
Colorado Politics (Colorado): Vote to confirm this ‘exemplary nominee’ (10/15/20)
Alabama Today (Alabama): Senator Doug Jones is wrong to oppose Amy Coney Barrett (10/16/20)

Direct Mail Examples:

View “constitution” mail piece
View “gavel” mail piece

Digital Ad Examples:

View digital video ad #1: A Proven Constitutionalist
View digital video ad #2: A Qualified Nominee

For further information or to set up an interview, please send an email to LIsidro@afphq.org.

Through broad-based grassroots outreach, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is driving long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems. AFP activists engage friends and neighbors on key issues and encourage them to take an active role in building a culture of mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping one another. AFP recruits and unites activists in 35 states behind a common goal of advancing policies that will help people improve their lives. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org