Prosperity Alert: May 2012


In this issue

AFP in the news

New York Times

Americans for Prosperity makes headlines with its new "Wasteful Spending" television ad.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AFP-Georgia State Director Virginia Galloway opposes the use of taxpayer funds to build a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons.
AFP President Tim Phillips lays out the facts regarding AFP’s recent "Wasteful Spending" television ad.

Business Week
AFP-Texas State Director Peggy Venable discusses the exploding local debt problem in her home state.

The Daily Caller
AFP Executive Vice President Tracy Henke discusses the economic issues that drive women today, and the government policies that stifle them.

On the Web

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Prosperity Alert: May 2012


RightOnline Conference – June 15th and 16th – Las Vegas, NV


Americans for Prosperity Foundation, AFP’s sister organization, hosts the 5th annual RightOnline Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 15th and 16th. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to join hundreds of fellow activists and hear from top experts in the field of online activism. Speakers will include such influential leaders as Scott Rasmussen, Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Dana Loesch, S.E. Cupp, Roger Hedgecock, Lars Larson, Guy Benson, and many more!

Click here to register for RightOnline now!

Space at RightOnline 2012 is very limited, and registration is only $79 for a short time, so hurry and register now.

Wasteful Spending Ad and Stop Tanking America!


Recently, Americans for Prosperity told you about our new television ad, which was released as a part of our national grassroots efforts. The ad brings to light some very disturbing facts about how Obama wasted taxpayer dollars on "green energy" boondoggles in foreign countries:

  • $2.3 billion in tax credits went to create jobs in foreign countries.
  • $1.2 billion went to a foreign owned solar energy company building a new plant in Mexico.
  • $500 million to an electric car company building luxury sports cars in Finland.
  • Tens of millions of dollars for "high efficiency" traffic lights built in China.

Click here to see the ad now, and be sure to sign the "Stop Tanking America" petition!

Now President Obama, with a little help from the Washington Post, is deflecting criticism of his record and calling the ad erroneous. This is the second time in 2012 that President Obama has been forced to respond to an AFP ad detailing his disastrous economic policies. In this case, just like last time, instead of defending a failed, big government record, President Obama has launched a personal attack vilifying AFP and our 2 million activists who are concerned about it.

Click here to see AFP’s response to the President’s bogus claims!

Quarterly Book Review

By Tracy Henke, AFP Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

AFP is proud to continue our Quarterly Book Review, highlighting a notable and influential book in the movement towards economic freedom and prosperity in our great country. The second book in this series is The Road to Freedom by Arthur Brooks

In his most recent book, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) President Arthur Brooks champions the free enterprise system from both a moral and practical standpoint. He renders the simplicity of the message: “People thrive when they can earn their success, and they suffer under conditions in which they can’t, or are trained not to, succeed.” It is precisely the moral underpinnings of free enterprise that allow for individuals and society to flourish.

Brooks reveals that truly comprehending the benefits of free markets requires us to understand it not simply as the best system to make us richer, but rather as the most moral system by which we are given the opportunity to thrive.

It is free enterprise, rooted in the ideals of meritocratic fairness that lifts up the poor, produces a more virtuous citizenry, and enables human beings to find the “soul” in their work. And it is only by advocating the morality imbedded in free market ideals and fiscally responsible policies that we will win these policy debates: “Free enterprise is therefore not an economic imperative; it is a moral imperative.”

Click here to read a more in-depth review!

Activist of the Month – Paige Freeman


Paige Freeman has been the Wilmington area local AFP-North Carolina volunteer leader for two years and was an active member before that. Paige works endless hours to educate citizens about issues and elected officials’ records by going door-to-door, phone banking, etc. She keeps AFP activists and others informed about issues and events by email and phone. She even attends the meetings of other conservative organizations around the county and calls in to local talk radio shows – all for the purpose of promoting AFP and economic freedom.

Paige plans and runs the AFP-Wilmington monthly meetings. The meetings are so effective that the room is constantly full. Paige makes people feel welcome, and handles everything with grace, humor, and style. She has helped AFP fill many buses for trips to the legislature in Raleigh, to rallies in Washington, D.C., and conferences around the state, and serves as the bus captain every time. Paige is a shining example of the kind of activists and leaders that make AFP great. Thank you so much, Paige, and congratulations on being named AFP’s activist of the month!

Local Highlights


Hundreds rally at Free Our Fuel event in Tampa, Florida.

AFP-Florida hosted a rally and food truck festival to protest the rising cost of gas and the impact that Washington’s energy policies are having on everyday Americans. Click here to read more!

AFP-Virginia hosts activist meetings in Loudon County.

AFP President Tim Phillips and AFP-Virginia State Director Audrey Jackson met with activists to educate on the importance of using local involvement to spread the ideals of economic freedom. Click here to see photos.

AFP-Maryland helps defeat a gas tax increase.

Supported by the grassroots efforts of its members, AFP-Maryland fought tooth-and-nail to oppose the new gas taxes proposed by Governor O’Malley and were successful. Click here to read more about what’s wrong with Maryland from AFP-Maryland State Director Dave Schwartz.

AFP-Colorado hosts rally to oppose "golden parachutes" for local officials.

The Colorado Springs City Council is planning to hand the departing CEO of the local hospital system a $1.15 million severance package, more than 3 times what his contract calls for. AFP-Colorado is taking action against this excessive spending. Click here to read more.

AFP-Arizona continues the fight against ObamaCare.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is taking $30 million in federal funds to set up an insurance exchange in her state, but AFP-Arizona isn’t going to let that happen without a fight. Click here to read more from AFP-Arizona State Director Tom Jenney.

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