Center for American Restoration: Conservatives Welcome Legislation To Reform Big Tech
The Center for American Restoration is a new conservative think tank with an associated
advocacy arm, America Restoration Action, founded to keep the cultural issues that animated Donald Trump’s presidency on the public agenda.
Conservative thought leader Russ Vought, the Heritage and House Republican Conference alum who headed President Trump's Office of Management and Budget, will lead the new organization. Also on board are longtime conservative communicator Rachel Semmel and Trump OMB alumnae Ashlea Frazier.
Axios reports the new organization aims to provide the ideological ammunition to sustain Trump's political movement after his departure from the White House.
American Restoration’s first project was to organize a coalition of conservative organizations to push Republicans on Capitol Hill to take on Big Tech.
In a letter to Republican congressional leaders the coalition, including ConservativeHQ.com, pointed out that Conservatives have long been skeptical of government intervention in the free market, and such skepticism remains critical in the fights to come for our movement. But we cannot be blind to the reality that stares us in the face: concentrated corporate power of this nature is as much a threat to the spirit of our Constitution as abuses of its letter by the government itself.
The letter went on to state:
Congress’ role is to make such laws on behalf of the American people and not delegate their authority to other branches. This responsibility includes both the oversight of whether courts are interpreting current law properly and the consideration of reforms to account for new developments in the market and their impact on the health of our communities.
The threat to liberty we now face is a consequence of Congressional inaction in the face of a historic transformation in the manner by which our nation engages in public deliberation. That change has empowered a small handful of unelected corporate bureaucrats in Silicon Valley unanswerable to the people whom they now oppress.
To treat the current laws on online platform immunity or antitrust enforcement as quasi-Constitutional provisions inerrant in their present form despite their obvious failures is wrongheaded. To appeal to judges to solve this on their own is an abdication of duty.
Accordingly, we welcome the proliferation of legislative activity in the area of big tech reform. America's foundational values of diverse speech, market access, and the free flow of information are imperiled by concentrated corporate power wielded at unprecedented scale — and in many cases, aided and abetted by federal policies. Inaction in this forum is no longer an acceptable response.
Signing the letter were conservative leaders:
Russell T. Vought
Center for American Restoration
Internet Accountability Project
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute
Morton C. Blackwell
Ryan P. Williams
ACT for America
National Center for Public Policy Research
Western Center for Journalism
Women for American First
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Former Member, U.S. Senate
L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
American Principles Project
Senate Conservatives Fund
Center for the American Way of Life
First Liberty Institute
George K. Rasley, Jr.
Rio Grande Foundation
Center for American Readiness
VP of Public Policy
Americans for Limited Government
John Henry Westen
Center for American Restoration
America Restoration Action
Big Tech Reform