FreedomWorks To Lobby Against Syria Resolution

FreedomWorks has typically stayed out of foreign policy debates, preferring to concentrate its lobbying and activist efforts on fiscal and economic issues. However, they’re making an exception for the upcoming votes in the House and Senate on a resolution regarding use of force in Syria:

FreedomWorks is urging lawmakers to vote against a congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria and will use lawmakers’ positions as a key vote in its congressional scorecards, POLITICO has learned.

The conservative group will also use its organizational muscle to rally activists to jam congressional phone lines to demand that lawmakers focus on the U.S. economy and debt rather than an overseas conflict.

In a statement set for release on Friday morning, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe says his organization has been “overwhelmed” with requests for help getting the word out in opposition to a strike on Syria and that many Americans have “already roundly rejected the Obama Administration’s rationale for bombing Syria.” Kibbe will also emphasize that even a limited military action in Syria could have dire long-term consequences for the U.S. economy.

“The costs of brinksmanship in an ongoing civil war are steep, and a collapse of state would fall in our laps. In other words, if we break it, we buy it,” Kibbe will say. “Americans can agree that the strength of our country ultimately depends upon our fiscal stability. While our nation is capable of summoning its superpower, it would be reckless for Congress to bankrupt us in the process.”

FreedomWorks will use the vote in its annual scorecards of lawmaker voting patterns.

This potentially complicates efforts to pass a Syria resolution given the sway that the organization has among Republicans, especially in the House.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Matt Bernius says:

    While I’m sure some folks will be concerned about that FreedomWork’s messaging will make “Obama look bad”, and others will cry “Where were they in the lead up to Iraq?,” I for one welcome any effort to try and slow down this march towards “acting for the sake of acting.”

  2. wr says:

    I guess the Koch brothers don’t own any arms manufacturers.

  3. James Pearce says:

    No surprise. The quality of that organization is such that the headline could be “FreedomWorks To Lobby Against (Anything Obama Wants to Do).”

  4. @Matt Bernius:

    Well, to be fair, FreedomWorks didn’t really exist when Congress was debating the Iraq War.

  5. Matt Bernius says:

    @Doug Mataconis:
    Completely correct.

  6. Davebo says:

    FreedomWorks has typically stayed out of foreign policy debates, preferring to concentrate its lobbying and activist efforts on fiscal and economic issues tax cuts for the wealthy and corporate welfare.

    This ones on the house Doug.

  7. dazedandconfused says:

    Freedom Works v. AIPAC…

    Is Obama good, or what?

  8. rudderpedals says:

    Porter Goss is the missing link

  9. al-Ameda says:

    Is it possible that “FreedomWorks” would be accusing the president of ‘dithering’ and Neville Chamberlain-like appeasement if he did not propose taking action against Assad’s government?

    It is not only possible, it is a virtual certainty.