News Releases

HLF Launches Ad Campaign in Senate Battleground States

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

October 24, 2016


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

March 21, 2016


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

January 21, 2016


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

September 9, 2015


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.”

HLF Launches Ad Campaign Focused on Puerto Rican Economic Crisis

Failed Policies of Governor Alejandro García Padilla Have Led to Massive Job Losses and Uncertainty

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hispanic Leadership Fund is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening working families by promoting common-sense public policy solutions that foster liberty, opportunity, and prosperity for all.

“Puerto Rico can no longer afford the policies of Governor García Padilla,” said Mario H. López, President of HLF. “With 14 percent unemployment, a jobless rate of 39 percent among younger Puerto Ricans, 80 new taxes implemented and 47,000 jobs lost under his watch, the Puerto Rican people have suffered enough.”

The advertising campaign highlights the new norm in Puerto Rico under the leadership of Governor García Padilla: high debt; tax increases; lost jobs; and plant closures.  The advertisement names key employers on the island that recently announced employee layoffs or plant closures, including Abbott Labs, Baxter International, Eli Lilly, Univision, Merck, and Pfizer.

The direction of Puerto Rico under Gov. García Padilla’s and his administration, chiefly his controversial financial guru, Melba Acosta, have led to a growing chorus of commentators and experts, including Members of the U.S. Congress, to call for a control board over the Island’s financial and legal practices.

“The erosion of the rule of law and the disregard for court judgments under Governor García Padilla have led many investors to question whether Puerto Rico is a safe place to invest and do business,” continued López, “this is unquestionably harmful for individuals and families trying to make a better life for themselves.”

Hispanic Leadership Fund’s PAC Congratulates Election Night Winners

The HLF PAC was Proud to Support Winners: Gardner, Curbelo, and Valadao

November 5, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund’s (HLF) Political Action Committee (PAC) today congratulated the winners of the Congressional races which it endorsed.  
“The Hispanic Leadership Fund PAC congratulates endorsed candidates Cory Gardner in Colorado, Carlos Curbelo in FL-26, and David Valadao in CA-21,” said Hispanic Leadership Fund President Mario H. Lopez.  “We named these elections among the Top Races for Hispanics in 2014 and are proud that our Political Action Committee endorsed the winners in these electoral contests.  HLF believes it is critical to support leaders who understand that policies based on liberty, opportunity, and prosperity are crucial to our future success as a nation, and that these principles must be communicated effectively to every American demographic group. We look forward to working with these successful members-elect in promoting that same message.”

Hispanic Leadership Fund PAC Endorses Rep. Valadao for Congress

October 31, 2014


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.
“David Valadao has been a consistent voice for Hispanic families in California’s 21st Congressional District, and we are proud to endorse him for a second term,” said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “From his leadership on the water crisis in California to his promotion of job creation, Rep. Valadao will continue to fight for his constituents and getting people back to work.”

Puerto Rico’s Alejandro García Padilla is the New Castro of the Caribbean

Families in Puerto Rico Suffer While Padilla Plays Politics

October 31, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Hispanic Leadership Fund today urged Hispanic leaders throughout Florida to join the growing chorus of critics raising deep concerns about the reckless leadership of Puerto Rican Alejandro García Padilla as he visits Orlando on trip to expand his political ambitions.

“Florida’s Hispanics need to know the truth about Governor García Padilla.  He talks about democratic principles. But his authoritarian leadership style makes him seem like he is trying to be the new Castro of the Caribbean,”  said Mario H. Lopez, President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund. “Padilla has embarked on a campaign that has destroyed property rights, shuttered businesses and plunged Puerto Ricans into economic misery.  Florida, especially the Orlando area, is fortunate to be home to thousands of Puerto Ricans who have built thriving communities after fleeing Padilla’s Puerto Rico. But we cannot forget those Puerto Ricans left on the island living under harmful economic policies.”

“Padilla’s ineffective tactics to deal with the Commonwealth’s debt is causing economic pain for all Puerto Ricans.  Jobless rate for young islanders is a whopping 39%, the cost of doing business is significantly higher than on the mainland, businesses are under political threat, and the education system is a civil rights violation.  Governor Padilla should be on the island working to get this under control rather than playing politics on the mainland.”