HELP REACH and TEACH 1,000,000 with a MESSAGE OF THE CONSTITUTION. AND NULLIFICATION FOR LIBERTY!

We’ve already doubled our original goal of 150,000 video views. Your help will ensure that we get to 1 million, and set the stage to reach even more people after that!

HELP REACH AND TEACH 1,000,000!

STAY TUNED!  We’ll post updates over the course of this campaign!

I’m excited about the TAC -- aside from donating, how can I help?

There are so many ways you can help!  The most direct way to help is for individuals and organizations to help us spread the word to audiences far and wide.  Like our video at the top of the page and tweet it out to your friends; follow us on Facebook and invite your friends to as well; make an announcement at your school, community group or church; or forward our page to all your friends and family with your own personal message.

What do donors receive for giving?

Rewards range from digital downloads of the entire video series for $15 to a variety of special gifts. For more information, just look to the right and scroll down!

Can you exceed the goal?

Yes, we can, and we hope we will.  Reaching 1,000,000 video views will help us get the message out to many new people. But that’s really just another step forward.  We really need to reach many millions.  Once we start getting close to our goal, we’ll extend it – and let you know how we intend to take things to another level.  That will include, how much we need to raise and what we plan to do.

If you have significant means and would like to make a gift that will take us to the next “tier” – please contact us at 213.935.0553 to discuss.

What if we don't hit the fundraising goal?

TAC holds fundraisers every six months.  For the last two years, we’ve hit our goal all four times. This is due to the fact that our supporters trust us – we hear it all the time – they know that when we ask for something we mean it.  And somehow, even though it’s often really tough, we end up hitting the goal.  But, we realize that this won’t always be the case.  If we don’t hit the goal, we’re still going to accomplish a great deal.  We’ll simply have to downscale the projected reach by the % that we miss the goal by.  As the fundraiser pushes forward, we’ll post updates and let you know how things are going.

When will I receive my rewards?

We will be shipping all rewards as soon as they are available. Please see the details beside each reward.

When will my credit card be charged?

Unlike funding campaigns on sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, your card will be charged the moment you submit your online donation.  By hosting the project on our own site, we save up to 9% in fees that these sites charge for this special service. In other words, we’d have to raise almost $3000 more. Think of it like we do – more bang for the buck!

Got a question? An idea or suggestion? Fill out the information below and send us a note!  Or, call 213.935.0553 if you want to talk about this campaign.

Send messageclear

HELP US HERE (info to mail a check below)

840
Backers

$50,256
raised to date

$9,744
to go

Make it a Monthly Donation

1414677723_Visa-Curved 1414677731_Mastercard-Curved 1414677748_Discover-Curved 1414677760_American-Express-Straight 1414677737_Paypal-Curved BC_Rnd_64px check

OR, Mail to:

Tenth Amendment Center
PO Box 13458
Los Angeles, CA  90013

JOIN US TO HELP REACH AND TEACH NEW PEOPLE ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. AND NULLIFICATION AS A PATH TO LIBERTY!

I’m Michael Boldin, the founder and executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center.

Last year, you helped us raise the funds we needed to put together our FIRST video series, which launched online on 10-10-15. Our modest, but significant goal was to reach 150,000 views on the project. But we’ve more than doubled that impact and are marching on to levels I never expected in this short of time. (scroll down to get all the details)

That’s why we need you to pitch in again right now. With your help, we’re going to double it up again, and more – getting our videos on the Constitution, nullification and liberty viewed 1,000,000 times!

As this number grows, we continually reach, teach, and activate new people every day. We’re taking on the most powerful government in the history of the world.  Every contribution counts.

We just need your help to get it done.

All funds from this campaign will go towards the infrastructure needed to create, produce and promote these videos.

  • $11,340 – Nullify! Season 2: 26 TV-quality weekly videos and a DVD as a follow up to our already-successful first series launched on 10-10-15. This is an important follow up to go even further into the history behind nullification and how to put it into practice today. Because it couldn’t be more important for people to learn how to advance liberty right now. This includes production and post-production costs, film crew, licensing fees, and everything else to get the videos shot and edited.
  • $5,700 – Weekly Special Report Videos. We’ve been able to double our impact by essentially creating and posting a 2nd series of weekly videos. While we don’t hire an outside team like our Nullify! series, we use much of that internal infrastructure to create special reports – on Constitutional clauses, current events, strategy, and more. While these aren’t done on the same tv-quality production level of our Nullify! season – they’re still quite good and have allowed us to get the word out to tens of thousands.
  • $14,160 – The team!  This covers our part-time freelance team for 6 months – to June. In order for me to spend the amount of time needed editing, producing, and filming these videos, it’s extremely important for us to keep our foundation strong. They often put in 20-30 hours or more, and we pay them what we can.  Currently this is $2360 per month.  Having them on staff relieves me of what would be an insurmountable amount of work each week – contacting legislators, writing blogs, doing research, graphic design, and more.  They are my backbone, and keeping them on the team ensures I’ll have the time available to do this project right and move the TAC forward.
  • $7500 Marketing Budget – This is the #1 thing we’ll increase if you help us get beyond our initial goal. It’s also the #1 thing that allows us to reach NEW people with our message for the Constitution and liberty. We’ve gotten quite good as online marketing campaigns and can target people specifically on location, interests and the like. Finding new people who are close to our view and making them aware of a new path to liberty is essential.  Rather than $1500 a month, if we could do $15,000 a month here, we would.
  • $8,400 – Recording Studio, 12 Months.  We’ve been lucky enough to find a friend willing to sublease a warehouse space that actually has what used to be a fully-functioning recording studio from the ’90s. It’s incredibly cheap – just $1/ft/month. This will not only allow us to do more, saving money or expensive studio rentals, but saves me a ton of time personally as well. In April 2015, for Nullify! season 1 – I rented out an awesome recording studio to shoot the entire series. This ran close to $2000 for one day. Our weekly special report videos – I’ve been shooting in my home office, which requires me to do 10-15 hours a month of set up and tear down. Having our own studio and office space allows us to have our gear setup all the time, meaning I don’t need to plan long in advance to shoot video. It saves me setup and tear down time – which will allow me to dig deeper in other projects. And so much more.
  • $7,200 – Keep the lights on!  This covers our most essential expenses for 6 months. Costs include website hosting of $300/month, email service provider of $150/month, database CRM for $20/month, and many others in between.
  • $3,200 – direct mailing. While many people follow our posts on our website, or get updates by email, facebook, twitter and the like – a larger number of people do not. In this digital age, it’s easy for people to get overwhelmed by the number of online messages that are out there.  That’s why we’ll be sure to send some personalized information about this campaign to a small group of our top supporters. In the last few years, we’ve learned that we get the best results from campaigns supported by direct mail.  And while it’s too expensive to reach everyone in this manner, we’ll certainly look at increasing this budget if we surpass our goal.
  • $2,500 DVD and digital video production costs.  After Nullify! Season 2 is complete, we’ll put it together in a high-quality DVD and digital video download package so we can not only send you copies when you choose a reward package that includes them for supporting this campaign – but these formats will also make the videos even more widely available than they have been individually.

Since our long-term goals require us to reach FAR more than 1,000,000 views, amounts raised over these needs will be dedicated towards the advertising and staff required to start taking on the next levels – 1,250,000, 1,500,000, and beyond.

Whether you can pitch in $5, or $50, or $5000 – every penny counts.  We’re in this together, and together we can advance the Constitution and liberty!

What is this “Help Us Teach and Reach 1,000,000” all about?

In the fall of 2014, with some financial pushing from a long-time supporter, I learned how effective we can be using short, single-topic videos to teach people about the constitution and nullification.

So I decided to set up a fundraising drive to create a single series of videos to do just that – with a modest, but still daunting goal of reaching 150,000 views for the entire project.

I was – and still am – so grateful for the outpouring of support, as hundreds and hundreds of small donations came in and helped us break through our fundraising goal of $30,000.

Keep in mind, I’m not a professional filmmaker. I’m not an editor. I’ve never done anything like this before. But I could see that it had to be done, and it was up to me to figure out how to make it happen.

On set at The Village Recording Studios, April 2015

On set at The Village Recording Studios, April 2015

I learned four memorable things along the way.

First. The whole project was harder than I thought it would be – WAY harder. When you want to do something of a professional quality, you quickly find out just what you don’t know how to do.

I started off learning how to do some basic video editing, motion graphics, and sound design. I took online courses, watched tutorials, and spent long hours doing a lot of trial and error. It was a lot of work, but it paid off.

The second thing I learned along the way is that I didn’t have to limit myself to creating this one narrow project. I know it’s important to teach people about nullification – where it comes from, how it has been used, and how to implement it today. But, that’s only half of what we do here at the TAC. We also teach people about liberty, the proper role of government under the Constitution, and how those principles relate to what’s happening in our world today.

So, over the summer, we kicked off what is essentially a 2nd series of videos. Since June, every week we’ve released a new video on other topics important to the constitution and liberty. We’ve covered specific clauses of the constitution, current events like surveillance, the right to keep and bear arms, and the IRS. And we’ve even started putting out some really powerful  personal stories about how individuals stood up for liberty in the face of government control. The goal is to educate, inspire and activate people for the Constitution and liberty.

The most amazing part of that? Because the two series overlapped in what I needed to learn on the production end, the money you gave us last Christmas ended up enabling us to do not just one, but two projects.  We didn’t need to do another funding campaign, and we’ve essentially gotten a two-for-one deal here – more than doubling our impact.

That lead me to the 3rd thing I learned. These videos are reaching a lot of people. Far more than I had expected.

We’re releasing our Nullify! series to the general public like a TV series, one every Saturday, and it’s gaining momentum. We’ve only posted a handful so far, but it will run through April 2016. They’re already averaging around 10,000 views each. That puts us on path to hit a quarter million views on this one series alone. Add to that our other series of weekly videos, and we’ve already hit well-over 300,000 views. 500,000 is definitely within our reach.

The fourth thing I learned? We’re definitely not done. We’re going to turn that 500,000 into a million, and more.

Today we’re launching this new fundraising campaign so we can have the tools we need to keep this going. We’re putting together Nullify! Season 2 – an important follow up series to go even further into the history behind nullification and how to put it into practice today.

Because it couldn’t be more important for people to learn how to advance liberty right now.

Plus, we’re going to continue with our weekly special report videos that we’ve been doing the last few months. We’ll cover current events, views from the founders, and even nullification movement news.

Late night recording session from a hotel in D.C.

Late night recording session from a hotel in D.C.

Getting the shot lined up at The Village Recording Studio, April 2015

 

In recent months, we’ve seen reports of sheriffs saying they will not help enforce federal gun control, governors saying they’ll refuse to participate in a federal refugee program, and bills introduced for 2016 taking on programs like mass spying, the EPA, Common Core, raw milk and industrial hemp bans, health insurance mandates, and much more.

But it’s not just talk. Things are happening in practice and have been ramping up steadily in recent years.

On November 4, 2014 – when the people of Arizona voted to approve Proposition 122, I know something historic was in the works – something I never could have imagined happening just a few years ago. Here’s part of what they approved:

PERMITS THE STATE TO EXERCISE ITS SOVEREIGN AUTHORITY BY RESTRICTING STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO PURPOSES THAT ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

Education and activism on state-resistance to federal power – something the Tenth Amendment Center set out to do just over 8 years ago – has now been approved by a majority of voters in the state of Arizona.

While this one vote will not turn things around on its own, it’s a powerful step forward. More importantly, all these acts tell me that our message and tactics – are really starting to get into the mainstream.

Me, on CBS This Morning this year discussing our bills to turn off water to the NSA

Me, on CBS This Morning discussing our bills to turn off water to the NSA

WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?

It’s not just Arizona.  There are states from East to West, from North to South – that are taking strong steps forward to nullify federal “laws” on various issues. In fact, so much has happened that we recently published our 2nd Annual “State of the Nullification Movement Report.”

More than 2 dozen states are taking steps to circumvent and effectively nullify unconstitutional FDA regulations that keep potentially life-saving medications from terminally-ill people.

11 states have passed bills that set the foundation to protect the 2nd Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms, whether the feds want us to or not.

MOST STATES will consider legislation in 2016 to push back on the surveillance state – whether it’s drones, or stingrays, or the collection of all your data – we’re pushing back as hard as we can.

8 states are nullifying the unconstitutional ban on industrial hemp farming.

Multiple states are taking on the federal reserve.  Texas took the biggest step in 2015, but others, like Utah and Oklahoma have set a foundation with more to join them soon.

People and states are opting out of Common Core. Without participation, the whole program will come tumbling down.

2 states have taken the first step to nullify the federal militarization of local police.

And that’s far from all of it.

Tom Woods speaks at Nullify Now in Ft. Worth Texas. Sept., 2010

Tom Woods speaks at Nullify Now in Ft. Worth Texas. Sept., 2010

Step by step we keep ramping things up every year.  Reaching new people to support the effort will just multiply the impact of everything we’re already doing.

And while the endless litany of liberty violations coming out of Washington D.C. can easily overwhelm any constitution or liberty activist, it’s essential for us to make a big deal about the good things happening.  That way, people not only realize that change can happen, it encourages more people to get involved.

WHAT INSPIRED ME?

In 2006, when I registered the tenthamendmentcenter.com domain name, my goal was simple: Change the minds of people by writing about the endless litany of constitutional violations from the federal government.

With less than $100 bucks, I thought to myself – even if I reach just a handful of people, my time and money will be worth it.

Here we are just a few years later, and the TAC has already accomplished far more than I ever imagined. Instead of a one-person blog, it has grown in a national movement, supported by team members and volunteers all over the country.

BANG FOR THE BUCK

In what I sometimes think must be a series of miracles, TAC has been able to get huge reach – while only having the fundraising power of an ant.  Our yearly total receipts are rarely higher than $80,000 – but yet we’ve found a way to get dozens of nullification bills introduced and passed, publish 4 books, produce a DVD (the Nullification Documentary in 2010), and now release a 2nd. We’ve gotten major media coverage around the world – all encompassing what my friend Tom Woods says is doing “more than anyone in the world to advance the Jeffersonian principle of nullification.”

The biggest roadblock, unfortunately, is simply funding.

That’s why we’re asking you to help out – and specifically making our goal to reach more people with this message.

This is how we win.

On the left, lifetime member Mike Rogers in his Nullify Shirt. On the right Cynthia Maharrey leads our volunteer team in Philly.

On the left, lifetime member Mike Rogers in his Nullify Shirt. On the right Cynthia Maharrey leads our volunteer team in Philly.

home studio makeshift setup

Part of the makeshift home studio in my living room. A permanent setup will save loads of time, and increase quality.

Doing this work is – for lack of a better phrase – an indescribable experience for me. I’ve given up the high-paying job, vacation, insurance, a car, cable tv, a cell phone – and virtually everything else associated with a comfortable modern, American lifestyle.  But the rewards of standing for liberty are much greater than any material comfort I can imagine.

I’ve made amazing friends, built bonds that will last lifetimes, and will never turn my back on what I believe is the right path forward.

The hours are incredibly long – a 60 hour work week, every single week – would barely make a dent in my task list.  But this something that I love with all my heart – and I intend to keep pushing on against all odds.

I’m lucky to have incredible people around me – people who volunteer an amazing amount of hours every week, take on leadership roles, and do the bulk of what needs to get done here.

I’m grateful for my family and my friends, for everyone who pitches in to help out – both with work and with money.  And I’m grateful for you – reading to this point.

I hope you’ll consider putting your financial faith and backing into taking the Tenth Amendment Center to the next level.

Individual liberty is a team effort, and together we can win.

Thank you!

boldin-signature-200

Michael Boldin
control room at the village april 2015 from a video recorded at home getting mic setup at the village april 2015

OPTIONAL: Choose a support level and gift

$15 OR MORE

The Patrick Henry: You will get a digital download of Nullify! season 2, and the satisfaction of helping to take this message to a much broader audience.

Estimated delivery: Fall 2016

$15.00 Add to cart

$35 OR MORE (50 available)

The Samuel Adams: You will get the digital download of Nullify! season 2, plus a DVD of the 2012 Documentary, Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and a DVD of Nullify! Season 1.

Estimated delivery: Fall, 2016
Only ships to: United States

$35.00 Add to cart

$50 OR MORE

The John Dickinson: You will get the new special edition DVD of Nullify! Season 2, signed by TAC executive director, Michael Boldin

Estimated delivery: Fall, 2016
Only ships to: United States

$50.00 Add to cart

$100 OR MORE (50 available)

The George Mason: You will get three DVDs: 1) a DVD of Nullify! Season 2, signed by TAC executive director, Michael Boldin, 2) a DVD of the 2012 Documentary, Nullification: The Rightful Remedy 3) a DVD of Nullify! Season 1

Estimated delivery: Fall, 2016
Only ships to: United States

$100.00 Add to cart

$300 OR MORE (50 available)

The St. George Tucker: You will get an exclusive, limited edition 1oz Tenth Amendment Center silver medallion, usually only available to TAC membership. (.999 pure silver round). You will get all three DVDs in the George Mason level.

Estimated delivery: Fall 2016
Only ships to: United States

$300.00 Add to cart

$600 OR MORE (10 available)

The Mercy Otis Warren: Your name will be in the final credits of Nullify! Season 2! You will get an exclusive, limited edition 1oz Tenth Amendment Center silver medallion, usually only available to TAC membership. (.999 pure silver round). You will get all three DVDs as noted in the previous level.

Estimated delivery: Fall, 2016
Only ships to: United States

$600.00 Add to cart

$1200 OR MORE (5 available)

The James Madison: You will be listed with an official Associate Producer credit in Nullify! Season 2!  You will also receive one of the only 10 signed full-color movie posters for the DVD. You will get an exclusive, limited edition 1oz Tenth Amendment Center silver medallion, usually only available to TAC membership. (.999 pure silver round). You will get all three DVDs noted in previous levels.

Estimated delivery: Fall, 2016
Only ships to: United States

$1,200.00 Add to cart

$2500 OR MORE (4 available)

The Thomas Jefferson: You will be listed with an official Executive Producer credit for Nullify! Season 2!  You will receive a personalized certificate of appreciation, suitable for framing.  You will also receive one of the only 10 signed full-color movie posters for the DVD. You will get an exclusive, limited edition 1oz Tenth Amendment Center silver medallion, usually only available to TAC membership. (.999 pure silver round). You will get all three DVDs from the previous reward levels.

Estimated delivery: Fall, 2016
Only ships to: United States

$2,500.00 Add to cart

  • The Tenth Amendment Center has done more than anyone in the world to advance the Jeffersonian principle of nullification.
    Tom Woods
  • The nullification effort by the Tenth Amendment Center has had a lot of success.
    Kevin Gutzman
  • I would encourage you to go to the Tenth Amendment Center and learn more about your 10th Amendment rights.
    Chuck Norris
  • Michael, this has been one of the best interviews I've ever done. It's like talking to a life-long friend just based on how we view things.
    Jack Spirko
**Gifts to TenthAmendmentCenter.com are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. 

Why? Based on our principles – we won’t accept any government handouts, bribes, or tax discounts to partner with the organization we’re working to limit. We believe in freedom of action and equal treatment for all organizations. Thus, we see the tax “benefits” (at risk of giving up freedom to operate and express free speech) offered to some organizations to be unfair, unequal, and unacceptable.

The feds tell us that 501c3 and other non-profit groups are serving the community and deserve to be tax exempt. But doesn’t your neighborhood plumber or carpenter or grocer also serve the community? We think so. Therefore, we stay “for-profit” and will never get handouts or grants from those looking for benefits from Washington D.C. Please join us!