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ABC NEWS: Tea Party Activists Craft ‘Contract from America’

By Teddy Davis

Republicans on Capitol Hill are developing an election-year alternative to the Obama administration’s agenda. But a Tea Party activist in Texas says the politicians in Washington – including the out-of-power Republicans – don’t have the “credibility” to offer a contract.

The first Tea Party convention kicks off with a tone of anger and confrontation.

His solution? Use the Internet, develop a “Contract from America,” and make the politicians come to him.

“You are going to be held accountable by us,” said conservative activist Ryan Hecker, offering a preview of what Tea Party activists are going to tell congressional candidates later this year. “We have a plan – a proactive reform plan – for you to follow and not the other way around.”

Technically, Hecker doesn’t have a reform plan yet. He does, however, have one in the works.

He says he came up with the contract idea shortly after Barack Obama was elected president in November 2008. Hecker, a 29-year old lawyer from Houston, spent the 2008 GOP primaries working as an opposition researcher for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign.

To get his idea off the ground, he launched a website, “ContractFromAmerica.com,” which encourages activists to offer possible planks for the contract.

From the original 1,000 ideas which were submitted, Hecker whittled it down to about 50 based on popularity. He is currently in the process of narrowing it to 20 ideas. He is being aided in this process by former House Republican Leader Dick Armey, whose conservative group, FreedomWorks, has established close ties with many Tea Party activists around the country.

When the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), convenes later this month in Washington, DC, Hecker says he will launch an on-line voting phase which will take his document from 20 ideas to the final 10 to 12 most popular.

The completed “Contract from America” will then be presented to the public on Tax Day, April 15, 2010.

Hecker wants to give all congressional candidates – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – an opportunity to sign onto his “contract.”

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  • http://ContractFromAmerica Gerald F. Prange

    Strongly support 22 points identified in Gingrich recent subject letter. Essential that past right wing divisive issues, better handled at state level, be eliminated from Contract.

  • M.J.Z.

    What happened to the FairTax on the Contract From America website?
    The website was established by a group called Tea Party Patriots, one of several Tea Party factions. People were asked to submit their ideas as to what they would like to see in a new contract with the Republican party; a “Contract from America.” The idea was that after a certain period of time the top ideas, as ranked through a voting process, would be included in a new contract and presented to candidates.
    I was particularly encouraged by this Contract From America process because, the FairTax was ranked as the No. 1 idea by almost a two-to-one margin. Clearly the people who logged in to this website wanted to see the FairTax on the Republican agenda.
    So … last night I revisit the Contract From America website to see how the FairTax is doing. Well guess what …. The FairTax had completely disappeared from the Contract With America website. The page where you vote on ideas is gone. This is not to say that the ideas presented by the Tea Party Patriots are bad … most are very good. But somewhere in that organization someone made the executive decision that the FairTax would not be a part of their Contract with America. The votes of the people who visited their site were largely ignored. The number one idea, the FairTax, was rejected in favor of what appears to be a flat tax. Just wondering what happened here.