Liberty movement activists sing praises of anti-establishment Republicans

In a town known for power-hungry establishment politicians and lobbyists who are constantly trying to exert their influence, there is a burgeoning group of young liberty movement activists who are working behind-the-scenes to change the status quo in the nation’s capital.

Mostly in their 20’s and early 30’s, D.C.-area liberty-minded activists hold jobs in congressional offices on Capitol Hill or in some of the town’s most well-known grassroots organizations. These young people have made their presence felt in the Washington-area political scene, and they’re doing so in an unorthodox way.

Many from this crowd meet-up at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub in Arlington, Virginia for what they call “Liberty Karaoke,” a weekly tradition started a few years ago by a group of like-minded friends. It’s not unusual to find 50 or more activists hanging out and singing some of their favorite tunes on any given Tuesday night.

“D.C.-area liberty movement young people have been attending weekly karaoke for over three years,” Matthew Hurtt, a 26-year old grassroots activist, told United Liberty. “It was really organic. It’s been a weekly place to unwind and hang out.”

But the group has found another purpose for Liberty Karaoke by using it as a fundraising opportunity for certain candidates whom they support.

In early December, for example, the group hosted a fundraiser for Rep. Justin Amash, a 33-year-old Michigan Republican who has become one of the most vocal critics of the Obama Administration, domestic surveillance programs, and, at times, his own party’s leadership.

“As young people, we don’t have as much disposable income and wealthy donors,” said Hurtt. “I wanted our group to have some kind of impact on these key races, so I thought I’d try to monetize our weekly hang outs for the candidates we would support.”

The event was a resounding success. It drew more than 100 people, including Amash, and brought in $6,630 to the Michigan Republican’s campaign war chest.

“I am thrilled that so many young people support my work in Congress and my reelection campaign,” Amash told TheBlaze after the event, adding that Republicans “have to do a better job of attracting people of all ages and from all backgrounds.”

Hurtt is hoping that they can duplicate Liberty Karaoke’s fundraising success for Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), who, like Amash, could be a target of the GOP establishment. The group of liberty movement activists is planning an event for the Kentucky Republican in March.

“Massie had a possible challenger in December. There’s this coming Chamber of Commerce vs. Pro-market conservatives battle, and we want to support our pro-market candidates over the Big Business-backed ‘content free’ Republicans,” said Hurtt in reference to what has been called the “Republican civil war.”

“Though Massie’s suspected challenger decided not to run,” he noted, “there’s still time for another one to announce.”

Massie, who is in his first full term, has proven to be a thorn in the side of Republican leadership. The Kentucky Republican routinely votes against legislation he believes to be unconstitutional and was part of the House conservative bloc which took a principled stand on defunding Obamacare late last year.

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Massie also blasted the Ryan-Murray budget deal, saying that it was another example of Congress “kicking the can down the road” on spending. He also has emerged as a strong critic of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance programs.

Amash and Massie may not be the only beneficiaries of Liberty Karaoke fundraisers. Hurtt said that he hopes to fit one more event in this year, noting again that “young people have less disposable income than wealthy donors,” though he gave no indication who they may support next.

“Our network has to be passionate about a candidate for us to support him or her,” noted Hurtt. “There’s only a dozen or so people I could see this working for.”

The Liberty Karaoke fundraiser for Massie is set for Tuesday, March 11 at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood. Organizers are asking for a minimum $35 contribution to attend. More details are available via Facebook.


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