Letter to Russel Vought, Director of the Office of Management and Budget - Following Bishop's Urging, White House Calls to Cut Funds for Anarchy Cities
Dear Director Vought,
We write to urge you to exercise your authority to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to
promote anarchy. In recent weeks, mobs hijacked peaceful protests and vandalized cities, and
State and local officials enabled and encouraged them. One egregious product of this
encouragement of chaos are so-called "autonomous zones.' These anarchist zones are
incompatible with the American commitment to its citizens that it is a nation based on laws.
Most concerning, various city officials have used their platforms and taxpayer dollars to promote
their existence, facilitate their expansion and clean up the destruction.
In Seattle, where an "autonomous zone' persisted for weeks and was only stopped after a string
of shootings and murders, local officials' abysmal judgment has a budgetary effect, as the city
wrestles with a $300 million revenue shortfall. Law abiding citizens should not have to pay for
their abdication of responsibility. We ask that you scrutinize any future federal funding that
flows to such lawless jurisdictions.
The federal government must ensure judicious and lawful use of taxpayer funds. With this
responsibility in mind, we ask you to investigate and report the amount of taxpayer dollars local
officials used to, encourage, sustain, bolster, supply or repair the damage in these anarchist
In FY2019, the federal government provided the top 20 most populous U.S. cities over $88
billion in taxpayer dollars. That money comes from the people, and should have been spent to
protect them, not put them in harm's way. The most fundamental duty of these cities is to
provide security for law-abiding citizens. Instead, we have seen businesses destroyed and lives
senselessly taken. Thank you for your time, and we look forward to your leadership in ensuring
transparency for tax-payer dollars used to enable anarchy