Conservatives Oppose a National Public Health Surveillance System

Conservative Action Project — Thursday, April 23, 2020

Washington, DC
Signatures updated: 4/24/20

As Americans shelter-in-place to avoid the spread of COVID19, disturbing examples have emerged of leaders at the state and local levels taking this “shelter-in-place” to the extreme.

From issuing citations to individuals for driving alone in cars or surfing alone on the beach, to ticketing Americans who attended socially distant church services, over-zealous enforcement has trampled on essential civil liberties.

We are also wary of any long-term plans that involve sustained federal surveillance of the population under the guise of preventing further viral spread.

Contact tracing is an important method of isolating and containing pathogens, and conversation between doctor and patient on this point should be encouraged. But any attempt to federalize this effort, or partner with private corporations to surveil the population via location tracking or cell phone data, raises serious concerns and should be heavily scrutinized.

Google is already offering aggregate user location data to governments interested in tracking compliance with social distancing around specific locations. Google and Apple have announced a partnership to develop a contact-tracing program using physical proximity data. While the program is currently “opt-in” there are few details available about privacy protections, how or if the data will be shared, and with whom.

Moreover, senior advisors in the White House have indicated their willingness to partner with these companies to create a national coronavirus surveillance system.

A pandemic should not be used as an excuse to engage in monstrous violations of privacy and basic civil rights. This sounds more like Tom Hanks’ initiative in the movie The Circle than it does a public health response. We firmly oppose any effort to use this crisis to institute national tracking of individual citizens for any reason.


The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Conservative Partnership Institute
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks
David Bozell
President
ForAmerica
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
The Honorable David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth
Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
Adam Brandon
President
FreedomWorks
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
Mike Davis
Founder & President
Internet Accountability Project
Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation
Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
Dr. Richard Lee
President
There’s Hope America Inc.
Joseph A. Morris
Attorney and Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan/Meese)
Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum
Twila Brase
President and Co-founder
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
Star Parker
President
Center for Urban Renewal & Education (UrbanCure)
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation
Christina Murphy Lusk
Campaign for the American Future
Guillermo J. Aragon
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Imaging, Inc.
Benjamin Nieuwsma
Founder and CEO
Navigo
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)
Ralph Benko
Chairman
The Capitalist League
Norm Singleton
President
Campaign for Liberty
Dr. Frank Wright
CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries
Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation
Jeff Hunt
Director
Centennial Institute
Bob Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group
Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications Corporation
Richard H. Wright
Owner
R& S LLC
Gabriel Joseph
Founder
Joseph Holdings
Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk? americacanwetalk.org
Karen England
Executive Director
Nevada Family Alliance & Capitol Resource Institute
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Dr. E. Calvin Beisner
President
Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com
Austin Ruse
President
C-Fam
Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
Dr. Paige Patterson
President
Sandy Creek Foundation
Dr. Mark A. Smith
President
Columbia International University
Paul Gessing
President
Rio Grande Foundation
Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
Senator Jason Rapert
President
National Association of Christian Lawmakers
Ed Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America
Dr. Russell J. Kilpatrick
Physician
Brig Gen USAF, Retired
Khadine Ritter
President
Eagle Forum of Ohio
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
Donna Rice Hughes
CEO
Enough Is Enough
Floyd Brown
Publisher
The Western Journal
William Shaker
CEO
Washington Marketing Group
Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
E.C. Sykes
General Partner, Aslan Ventures
Republican Nominee, NC Secretary of State
Seton Motley
President
Less Government
The Honorable Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Kielle C. Horton
President
The Lindsey Foundation
The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former Commissioner
President Reagan’s Commission on HIV Epidemic
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999 – 2016)
Lori Roman
President
American Constitutional Rights Union
Ralph A. Rebandt II
Lead Pastor
Oakland Hills Community Church
Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
The Honorable Jake Hoffman
President & CEO
Rally Forge
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
Penna Dexter
Co-host
Point of View Radio
Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association
Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins
Gina Gleason
Director
Real Impact
Randy M. Long
Founder
Long Business Advisors, LLC
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com
Robert Keith Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
Reverend Gregory Quinlan
President
The Center for Garden State Families
Tim Macy
Chairman
Gun Owners of America
Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
Kathleen Patten
President and CEO
American Target Advertising
Andresen Blom
President
Hawaiian Values
Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center
David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United

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