An emergency appeal challenging a ruling by the U.S. District
denying two requests for emergency injunctions to
halt the Wall Street bailouts was filed today in the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in
Manhattan. As the bailout crisis evolved
rapidly over the last ten days, We The People Foundation
Chairman Bob Schulz filed two lawsuits seeking to
block the bailouts by challenging the underlying
authority of the Government.
The appeal seeks to overturn a ruling late last week by the
District Court gutting requests for an emergency
hearing at which representatives of the U.S.
Treasury, Federal Reserve and U.S. Congress would
have been forced to publicly produce evidence
establishing the Constitutional and/or statutory
authority permitting the
and $700 billion bailout packages.
Without addressing the underlying issues, the
District Court (erroneously) ruled that the lawsuits
failed to properly assert the federal jurisdiction
needed to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
Key to both lawsuits is WTP's assertion that
Congress lacks any Constitutional authority to
delegate any power to Treasury to utilize public
taxpayer funds for fundamentally private
purposes. In the first lawsuit filed September 18th,
WTP sought to enjoin the $85 billion bailout of
privately owned insurer American Insurance Group (AIG),
which was initiated without any Congressional
Click here to read:
Appeal Memo of Law
Draft of ESSA Legislation 9-28-08
Our Fight Needs Your $
As you might imagine, the ongoing efforts of the WTP
organization to hold Government accountable to the
Constitution through judicial confrontation and
constitutional activism cannot be accomplished
without your continuing support.
Just this past week, WTP Foundation expended almost
$1200 in federal court filing fees alone --
the two federal lawsuits discussed above ($350 each)
and the federal appeal that is the subject of this
update ($455). These legal actions make up just a
small fraction of the federal litigation activities
WTP initiated during the past year and do not
reflect any of the significant operating and
administrative expenses that WTP incurs on a
day-to-day basis that enable it to continue this
Please support our work and consider making a
tax-deductible donation to the WTP Foundation or
joining the WTP Congress.
Bailout: Tell Congress What You Think:
We the People Congress encourages everyone to
contact their Congressional representatives and tell
them what you think about the bailout.
We strongly encourage personal phone calls and
faxes, rather than emails. Don't forget to call your
representative's local District offices located
throughout the 50 states.
Click here for a .txt file of
FAX numbers of Senators and Representatives.
Click here to find
local phone numbers and other Congress contact
(lookup info by
map, zipcode, etc.)
Here's the main Capital Switchboard number in
Here are the TOLL
Capital Hill switchboard numbers: