UCLA withdraws outrageous conservative speaker fees

Friday, November 24, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Ben Shapiro speaking at Penn StateA California university has backed off of its demand that a conservative student group pay outrageous security fees for an appearance on campus by conservative speaker Ben Shapiro.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) sent a demand letter to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), demanding the fee be withdrawn before Shapiro's appearance earlier this month, arguing that it is unconstitutional.

ADF Senior CounselTyson Langhofer maintains that it would have been impossible for the Republican Bruins to pay the enormous fee.

"The First Amendment does not allow speech to be financially burdened any more than it allows it to be censored,” Langhofer asserted in an ADF press release. “And what is happening here is the university is imposing restrictions on Bruin Republican speech based on the viewpoint that is being expressed."

The fee policy enacted eight years ago is supposed to be applied equally to all student groups, but Langhofer contends that has not been the case.

"There are 1,200 student organizations at UCLA,” the conservative attorney pointed out. “They hold thousands of events every year, but the university has not applied this policy to those other groups. They've only applied it on five occasions. and three of those occasions were to the Bruin Republicans."

After announcing that its demand for an unreasonable security fee had been withdrawn, UCLA also said it will be reviewing the fee policy, according to the Washington Post.

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