ACRU Projects


The Voting Integrity Institute — As Americans, our right to vote and to have it count is our most essential civil right because it gives us — We the People — the power to decide who governs our country. To ensure free and fair elections, the American Civil Rights Union is advocating passage of strong ballot integrity laws in all states. Close elections have awakened us to the vital importance of protecting the integrity of the ballot box. is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use website about voting. With a single click, you can find out what your state laws require, get the latest news on vote fraud and prevention efforts, and find out how you can help protect your vote. The stakes couldn’t be higher! If we lose faith that our votes actually count, it will spell the end of our 236-year experiment as a self-governing republic. Get informed and get involved!

RTR-banner — America is awash in near-instant communications technology and 24-7 media. Yet many politicians count on their constituents having short-term memories. These profligate politicians spend tax dollars recklessly and increase the size of government regardless of the public’s growing concern over what this unsustainable debt will do the economy and to the next generations. Just before elections, the big-spending incumbents present themselves as budget hawks, with a compliant media fostering amnesia among the plucked taxpayers. Recall can provide more accountability in between elections and put office holders on notice that they are being watched. Recall is now available to constituents in 18 states. Another 13 states have initiative procedures whereby petitioners could put recall measures on the ballot. provides each state’s relevant laws, plus updated news and commentary on recall efforts around the nation. (This site is not intended to promote political action with regard to any particular elected official, but to inform Americans about the laws and procedures that exist to protect them.) (Click here for more)


These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls — Thomas Paine is rightly referred to as the “forgotten” Founder. We remember Washington, Jefferson, and Adams, but too often overlook the first person to write the momentous words: “the United States of America.” With his first two books, Common Sense and The American Crisis, Paine helped a majority of American colonists to think of themselves, for the first time, as citizens of new nation—the United States of America. And it was Paine who, through the power of the pen, encouraged the colonists to declare their independence; to fight their freedom and ultimately win the Revolutionary War. Thomas Paine’s words have not lost their power with the passage of over two centuries. Paine’s writing about dictators who were called kings is just as applicable today, although his “kings” are now replaced by Presidents, Generals, and Prime Ministers. These Are the Times that Try Men’s Soulseloquently connects the life and times of Thomas Paine with the modern crises facing America. We, the American people, once again face threats to our freedom and liberty; political and economic events that threaten the very existence of the United States. (Click here for more)


Government is the Problem —Government Is the Problem is the story of a broken welfare system that needed to be fixed; of a great leader named Ronald Reagan who said that it could be fixed; of doubters who said that it couldn’t be fixed; and of the man—Robert B. Carleson—who fixed it. Carleson pioneered reform measures that reversed a growing dependence on the welfare state and moved America away from the ruinous path of income redistribution. Much has been written about welfare reform over the years—a lot of it by people who had no involvement with the process. But in this book the real story of how welfare was fixed is told. Bob Carleson has left a fascinating memoir of how out–of–control public spending was tamed; of the controversies and obstacles that threatened to derail its success; and of the principles that a decent society must follow to direct scarce resources to those truly in need. (Click here for more)