News Releases

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Endorses Rep. Mica for Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2016

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced the endorsement of Representative John Mica in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
 
“In today’s economy, it is very important that Congress provides strong support of free market and leadership for policies that will return the United States to its full potential,” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “Rep. Mica is one of the hardest working members of Congress who gets results for all of Central Florida’s families, and we are proud to endorse him. Rep. Mica has had an outstanding record of supporting legislation that advances economic growth, help create jobs, and gets this country back on the right economic track.”

The Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF) is an advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening working families by promoting common-sense public policy solutions that foster liberty, opportunity, and prosperity for all Americans. HLF’s Political Action Committee supports candidates who promote the organization’s vision.

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Endorses Rep. Valadao for U.S. House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced the endorsement of Representative David Valadao in California’s 21st Congressional District.
 
“Rep. Valadao has been a consistent voice for working families in California’s 21st Congressional District, and we are proud to endorse him for a third term,” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “District residents can’t afford to elect Emilio Huerta, who plans to follow Nancy Pelosi’s reckless policies of higher taxes and out of control health care costs, and will refuse to address the Valley’s water crisis.” Rep. Valadao will continue to fight to reduce arduous regulations and lower taxes, reduce health care costs, and encourage more opportunities for good-paying jobs in California’s 21st Congressional district.”

The Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF) is an advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening working families by promoting common-sense public policy solutions that foster liberty, opportunity, and prosperity for all Americans. HLF’s Political Action Committee supports candidates who promote the organization’s public policy principles.

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Endorses Dr. Joe Heck for Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced the endorsement of Dr. Joe Heck for U.S. Senate in Nevada.
 
“Dr. Heck has an outstanding record of supporting a healthy economy and job creation while representing Nevadans in the U.S. House of Representatives, unlike his opponent Catherine Cortez Mastro” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “Nevada can’t afford another senator who’s going to follow Harry Reid’s policy of reckless spending, higher taxes and support for a disastrous healthcare system under Obamacare. Dr. Heck’s record of strengthening our economy, fighting for hardworking taxpayers, and expanding opportunities is the type of leadership that is needed in the U.S. Senate.”

The Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF) is an advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening working families by promoting common-sense public policy solutions that foster liberty, opportunity, and prosperity for all Americans. HLF’s Political Action Committee supports candidates who promote the organization’s public policy principles.

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Endorses Rep. Denham for Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced the endorsement of Representative Jeff Denham in California’s 10th Congressional District.
 
“Jeff Denham has been a consistent voice for working families in California’s 10th Congressional District, and we are proud to endorse him for a third term,” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “Rep. Denham has had an exceptional record of reaching out and educating Latinos in his district about pro- growth economic policies. We are confident he will continue to represent working families in Washington and fight to cut taxes, spending, and regulations.”

The Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF) is an advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening working families by promoting common-sense public policy solutions that foster liberty, opportunity, and prosperity for all Americans. HLF’s Political Action Committee supports candidates who promote the organization’s public policy principles.

HLF Launches Ad Campaign in Senate Battleground States

Campaign Highlights Issues Critical to Latino Communities in Nevada, Florida, and Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2016

CONTACT:
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WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF) today announced the release of an initial round of issue ads in key states–Nevada, Florida, and Pennsylvania. The $250,000 ad buy consists of online audio ads are targeted to Latino constituents, are running in both English and Spanish, and are focused on critical issues including education, healthcare, and taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

“Hundreds of thousands of Latinos and others will hear these ads in these key states.  The Hispanic Leadership Fund will continue to invest resources to convince officeholders that they need to stand for policies that support and strengthen all American children and families,” said Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario H. Lopez. “Hispanics are an important and fast-growing demographic, and yet our children remain stuck in failing schools and our community’s full economic potential is threatened thanks to failed Left-wing policies supported by politicians like Catherine Cortez Masto, Patrick Murphy, and Katie McGinty.”

 

Supreme Court to Review Apple v. Samsung

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2016

CONTACT:
press@HispanicLeadershipFund.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.–We applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to review the ruling in the design patent case between Apple and Samsung.  The lower court’s decision hinders entrepreneurship and creates significant barriers for Hispanic and other minority owned businesses, particularly small businesses.  Without reasonable limits on design patent damages, small businesses are at risk of design patent infringement suits and are potentially liable for absurd monetary awards.  Small businesses, including many that are Hispanic-owned, are the engine of our country’s economic growth and a key factor in the economic development of underserved communities.  The Supreme Court now has the opportunity to correct the lower court’s rulings in this case–today’s decision is a promising step forward.

Victory in Landmark Election Law Case

HLF Defends First Amendment Freedoms in Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2016

CONTACT:
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WASHINGTON, D.C.–Today the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled against attempts by U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to force the Federal Election Commission to unilaterally change its donor disclosure rules, The Hispanic Leadership Fund previously filed, and the court accepted, its motion to intervene as a defendant in the case.

Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario H. Lopez commented on the decision, saying “We are glad that the Hispanic Leadership Fund can be at the forefront of protecting the First Amendment rights of our members and all who seek to inform the American public about political candidates and their positions on issues.  HLF will continue to oppose liberal attempts to force federal courts to impose rules restricting free speech. “

In 2011, after Congress failed to pass the DISCLOSE Act, a bill meant to counter the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which determined that corporations, including non-profits like the Hispanic Leadership Fund, have a constitutional right to engage in independent expenditures.  The FEC declined to impose similar free speech restrictions through additional regulations.  Van Hollen then filed this lawsuit as a last resort attempt to push courts to impose DISCLOSE Act-style regulations on groups that exercise their First Amendment rights.

“This case exposes the Left’s version of government: they want to force the FEC to unilaterally impose rules that the Supreme Court has already rejected and that twice failed in Congress,” said Lopez.  “Because the Hispanic Leadership Fund spreads the message of liberty, opportunity, and prosperity, our organization and our growing number of supporters represent a threat to those in power who want to impose Big Government controls on Americans’ liberties, increase damaging government dependency, and severely hinder our ability to communicate our message.”

In the fall of 2010, the Hispanic Leadership Fund paid for an electioneering communication mentioning a candidate for Congress in a Florida congressional district.  Had the rules that Van Hollen advocates been in place at the time, HLF’s speech could have been chilled due to concerns about the disclosure of donors.  In the filings in this case, Van Hollen makes clear that he wants the ability to attack donors to groups funding ads, saying in a sworn declaration that he suffered injury, “because I cannot draw attention to the person or persons who finance electioneering communications about me. . . .”    It is very clear that Van Hollen seeks these disclosures so that he can discourage outside speakers from exercising their constitutionally protected rights.

Jason Torchinsky, a partner at Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC and counsel to Hispanic Leadership Fund, said, “Today the court recognized that the FEC struck the right balance between disclosure and speech when it issued its rules following Wisconsin Right to Life.  Today’s victory is hugely important for any organization looking to spend money during the 2016 election cycle”

Garcia Padilla’s Fiscal Adjustment Plan Should Not Be Taken Seriously

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2015

CONTACT:
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WASHINGTON, D.C.–Hispanic Leadership Fund president Mario H. Lopez issued the following statement in response to the fiscal reform plan announced today by Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla:

“The Fiscal Adjustment Plan offered by Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is a predictably transparent effort to lobby for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  The plan may be politically expedient, but it will not fix the financial problems that Puerto Rico needs to address.

The plan pays lip service to modest fiscal reforms in Puerto Rico, but most of what is outlined is unlikely to be enacted or implemented. Today’s announcement is also a reminder that that Puerto Rico has yet to make progress on truly meaningful reforms.  Puerto Rico’s Constitution requires a balanced budget yet that has not occurred for five of the past six years.  Internal reforms should be the number one priority to help struggling Puerto Rican families.
 
Governor Garcia Padilla’s actions are delaying much need economic growth and investment, at the expense of the residents of the Island for generations to come.”