After the social media company Parler announced it had named Mark Meckler as its interim CEO, the corporate media and even less mainstream outlets were abuzz with one question: who is Mark Meckler?
You may have seen these articles. Some are more true than others, so we wanted to provide information the mainstream media has failed to cover.
Mark Meckler is the President and co-founder of Convention of States Action, the largest nationwide movement seeking to call the first-ever Article V Convention of States.
Mark wasn't always interested in politics. He started his career as an internet attorney with extensive experience in technology law, and he's said on numerous occasions that he never held political aspirations. He just wanted to pursue his career and raise his family without undue interference from the federal government.
But then the Tea Party movement began, and it became clear to Mark that if patriots didn't step up and limit federal power, our country was headed for disaster. In 2009, Mark co-founded the Tea Party Patriots, the largest Tea Party group in the United States. As the result of Mark's leadership, the Tea Party grew to a massive, nationwide movement that elected numerous members to the U.S. Congress who still hold powerful positions today.
Mark left the Tea Party Patriots in 2012 when it became clear that most Tea Party politicians were unwilling to keep their campaign promise to drain the swamp in D.C. The pull of power and money in Washington was too strong for most politicians to resist, and Mark realized that true reform would never happen from within the nation's capital.
But that didn't keep Mark from the fight for freedom. His experience with the Tea Party had taught him that average citizens can make a difference, and he dedicated the rest of his life to empowering the American people in the movement to limit Washington's power.
He left the Tea Party to found Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) and launch a class-action lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS had unlawfully target Tea Party groups, and Mark led the only successful class-action lawsuit against the IRS to make targeted victims whole.
While battling the IRS, he joined with Michael Farris to found Convention of States Action and expand CSG's education initiatives with the Convention of States Foundation. An Article V Convention of States allows the states to come together to propose constitutional amendments that limit federal power and spending, and impose term limits on federal officials.
Article V is the solution Mark was looking for during his days with the Tea Party. A Convention of States isn't controlled by D.C. and doesn't rely on the courage and conviction of federal politicians. It's driven by the states and the people, yet it still has the power to implement the reforms our country so desperately needs.
Founded in 2013, the Convention of States movement has grown under Mark's leadership to five million supporters and 15 states that have called for a Convention. It takes 34 states to call a Convention of States, so the effort is nearly halfway complete.
Today, Mark remains as committed as ever to calling a Convention of States. But he's also using his experience as an internet lawyer and organization leader to help Parler get back on its feet after it was shut down by Big Tech.
More importantly, Mark is dedicated to the principles enshrined in our Constitution. He's spent a lifetime fighting for limited government and constitutional rights (including free speech), and he takes those principles into whatever endeavor he pursues.
We're honored to have Mark as the leader of Convention of States Action, and we're excited to continue to partner with him in the fight to give all Americans a voice in Washington. The federal government will never reform itself, but as more and more patriots answer the call to hold Washington accountable, the people and the states can finally restore their rightful place in our system of governance.
To join Mark and other like-minded patriots all across the nation, sign the Convention of States Petition below!