John Fund Honored with August Lilburne Award for Defending the Initiative Process

Mon, Aug 3 2009

(LAKE RIDGE, VA) – Today, Citizens in Charge Foundation, a transpartisan national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, presented Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund with the August 2009 John Lilburne Award.  Mr. Fund is being recognized for standing up for the rights of citizens and defending the initiative process from attacks.

In a recent article for the Wall Street Journal entitled, “California is Still Not Out of Its Budget Hole,” Fund defended California’s initiative and referendum process, and proposed more citizen-led reform as part of the solution to California’s budget problems.

“John Fund has been a tremendous supporter of citizen action and the initiative and referendum process,” said Paul Jacob, President of Citizens in Charge Foundation.  “Since voters defeated the five legislative measures at the ballot box May 19th, California’s initiative and referendum process has increasingly come under attack.  Mr. Fund has strongly and consistently reminded people how important the right to initiative and referendum really is.”

In addition to defending the process in print, Mr. Fund also spoke at the recent American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Annual Meeting. In several addresses, Fund underscored the importance of the initiative and referendum process throughout the country.

John Fund is a columnist and author of numerous books.  In addition to the Wall Street Journal, he also writes for the WSJ Political Diary and the American Spectator.  His columns have appeared in numerous other publications including: National Review, Esquire, Reason and The New Republic.

Each month, Citizens in Charge Foundation presents the John Lilburne Award to a citizen, or citizens, working to protect and defend the First Amendment petition rights of Americans.  John Lilburne was a 17th Century English pamphleteer, political activist, and champion of individual rights who advocated constitutional government and pioneered the use of petitioning and referenda for redress against government power and abuse.

Citizens in Charge Foundation is a national transpartisan voter rights group dedicated to protecting and expanding the ballot initiative and referendum process. We believe good government starts with the voter. For more information visit us <>.