Americans for Prosperity Launches $250,000 Direct Mail Issue Advocacy Effort

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Encouraging citizens to contact Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby.

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Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina (AFP-NC) today launched an effort to encourage citizens to contact Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby and tell him to continue standing up for the rights of the taxpayers, as he similarly did in a recent case upholding taxpayers’ rights to sue their government.

AFP-NC is investing an unprecedented $250,000 on a citizen education and grassroots effort that will include one million pieces of direct mail.

This is the largest judicial issue advocacy effort ever by Americans for Prosperity in any one of the organization’s 34 state chapters and affiliates.

The mailer is being delivered to one million households this week to educate citizens on Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby’s role in upholding the rights of everyday taxpayers to sue the government over the unconstitutional misuse or misappropriation of tax dollars. The mailer also encourages citizens to contact Justice Newby and urge him to continue upholding taxpayer rights.

The case Goldston v. State (361 N.C., 26, 33, 2006) before the state's highest court presented complicated facts, but it is a simple issue—can taxpayers have their day in court to challenge the misuse of the public's money? The case was a challenge to raids of the Highway Trust Fund by Governor Easley and the Democrat-controlled legislature.

“The majority opinion said it best when it said, ‘Our cases demonstrate that a taxpayer has standing to bring an action against appropriate government officials for the alleged misuse or misappropriation of public funds.’” said Woodhouse. “The decision means the government can’t abuse taxpayers and then say that taxpayers have no right to challenge the matter in court.”

When the governor and legislature raided the Highway Trust Fund to pay for general fund expenses, those taxpayers took a stand. The plaintiffs were a Democrat and a Republican--one a former state senator, the other a former secretary of transportation. Although lower courts shot down their right to bring the case, Justice Newby and fellow members of the majority of the Supreme Court held that they, like every other taxpayer, have a right to challenge the constitutionality of government's misuse of tax dollars.


Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is the nation’s premier grassroots organization of citizen leaders working at the state and local level and committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. For more information, visit

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