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AFP Expands National Campaign Efforts into PA Ahead of SCOTUS Hearings

Oct 8, 2020 by AFP

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA) today announced the grassroots group’s national media campaign has expanded into Pennsylvania since the launch on Saturday, September 26, 2020. The first major push includes a direct-mail piece that encourages activists to share support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation with Sen. Pat Toomey and begins to hit mailboxes this week. The direct-mail supplements ongoing digital ads and grassroots efforts already underway as part of the campaign.

View example of mail piece here.

The full scale, national media campaign highlights Judge Barrett’s qualifications as a fair and independent-minded judge, and her philosophy makes her a fitting candidate for the Supreme Court. She will put the Constitution first, interpret the laws as written and protect Americans’ freedoms.

AFP-PA State Director Ashley Klingensmith issued the following statement: 

“Americans know what to expect from Judge Amy Coney Barrett based on her career as a distinguished law professor and appeals court judge. Her record shows that reliance on the plain text of the law and the Constitution consistently guides her judicial decision making. If we do not act now, it may be a long time until we’re able to confirm a judge to the Supreme Court that demonstrates her unmatched discipline.

“Sen. Pat Toomey supports moving forward with the nomination process; however, Sen. Bob Casey remains reluctant. Pennsylvanians must get involved by contacting our senators to share your support for confirming Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court. We urge everyone to send your letters of support today.”

Background on AFP’s Campaign:

Americans for Prosperity’s national campaign, which currently focuses on thirteen key states, launched minutes after President Trump nominated Judge Barrett with digital ads and phone and text grassroots outreach.

AFP also set up a unique web page that empowers activists to contact their senators in support of Judge Barrett. Several waves of targeted direct-mail, layered digital, and other tactics are being deployed in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia throughout the coming weeks.

AFP activists have already produced more than 300,000 calls and letters to their senators since the beginning of the campaign to confirm Judge Barrett.

AFP heavily engaged its grassroots to support the confirmation of qualified nominees to the Supreme Court in previous years. With the dedicated efforts of its activists nationwide, AFP directly reached more than one million Americans in support of Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation in 2018 through a combination of door-knocking, phone-banking, and other tactics.

Background on Judge Amy Coney Barrett:

Barrett received her B.A. in English literature from Rhodes College in 1994 and her J.D. from Notre Dame in 1997. While at Notre Dame, she served as executive editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and received the Hoynes Prize, the highest honor at the law school.

After receiving her J.D., Barrett served in two clerkships with accomplished, constitutionalist jurists. First, with Judge Laurence H. Silberman at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then with Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court of the United States. Barrett worked in private practice for two years in Washington D.C. before embarking on a distinguished career as a law professor at George Washington University, University of Virginia, and University of Notre Dame.

President Donald J. Trump nominated Barrett for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on May 8, 2017. She was confirmed by the Senate on October 31, 2017. On November 2, 2017, Barrett received her commission to the court.