National Group Recognizes Arizonan for Work to Defeat Proposition 105

Thu, Jan 22 2009

Eric Ehst Receives November “Lilburne Award”

(Woodbridge, VA) … Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national non-profit group working to educate the public on the importance of the voter initiative and referendum process, today named Eric Ehst, executive director of the Clean Elections Institute, as the November winner of the John Lilburne Award.

“Long ago, John Lilburne struggled to establish the peoples’ right to petition their government,” said Citizens in Charge Foundation President Paul Jacob. “This year in Arizona, Eric Ehst is being recognized for his efforts to defend that precious right.”

Ehst is honored for his work to defeat Proposition 105, which would have severely hampered Arizona’s initiative process by requiring a virtually impossible majority of all registered voters, not just those actually voting, to pass any initiative that would raise a tax or fee or that mandated any spending at all. Voters clobbered Proposition 105 on November 4 by a margin of 66 to 34 percent. Citizens in Charge, a sister organization, which directly lobbies and advocates for initiative rights, endorsed a NO vote on Proposition 105.

“Proposition 105 would have been devastating for Arizona’s initiative process,” Jacob argued. “Eric took the initiative, pun intended, in fighting this measure. He deserves this award for protecting the essential rights of Arizonans.”

The John Lilburne Award is given monthly by Citizens in Charge Foundation in honor of John Lilburne, the 17th Century English pamphleteer, political activist, and champion of individual rights. Lilburn pioneered the use of petitioning and referenda for redress against government power and abuse.

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