House GOP raises funds on #FreeBritney as lawmakers watch Tories
The House Republican Conference campaign arm on Wednesday launched a fundraising campaign based on pop star Britney Spears’ efforts to break free from allegedly abusive tutelage as lawmakers on both sides consider more oversight. strict of these legal provisions.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) sent a text to donors saying Spears is “a victim of government censorship and toxic abuse,” urging them to “join the struggle for freedom.”
The campaign appears to tie in Spears’ trusteeship with the GOP of recent crusade against tech giants, centered in part on suspensions of former President Donald Trump from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites – though it’s unclear how the two are connected.
But that dovetails with concrete action taken by Republican lawmakers: Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) On Wednesday introduced a bill to penalize health care providers who “refuse to remove contraceptive devices without the approval of an individual’s registrar,” something Spears has claims happened to him.
The effort spans the ideological spectrum as well, with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) balustrade against the treatment of Spears and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) And Bob Casey (D-Pa.) request information on how federal agencies collect data on guardianship.
Forbes contacted NRC for clarification.
A court-ordered deal in 2008 made Spears’ father Jamie Spears one of his legal guardians, along with attorney Andrew Wallet, who resigned in March 2019 and was replaced by the management company of Bessemer Heritage Trust, which recently requested its withdrawal. The arrangement gave Jamie Spears and others control over Spears’ finances, career, and other aspects of his life. the New York Times reported last month, Spears fought for years against what she claims to be an “oppressive” tutelage that has “too much control” over her life.
Jamie Spears defended himself as his daughter tried to oust him as co-curator, affirming in December, they are on “good terms” and that his efforts have been to provide “protection against those with selfish interests”. In March, his lawyer mentionned her goal is “always to do what’s best for Britney. “
“We need to determine the extent of these problems, the number of complaints filed and make sure that the system works to protect people and does not enrich gatekeepers with bad actors or abusive conservatives,” Rep. Alan Lowenthal said ( D-Fla.) mentionned earlier this month, calling for greater oversight of transparency and conservatorships.