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Kevin Raye Uses DCCC Playbook to Mislead Voters on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 3:44 PM PERMALINK


In the hotly contested GOP primary in ME-02, former State Sen. Kevin Raye is attempting to deflect attention away from his decision to leave the door open to higher taxes by lying about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

His arguments against the Pledge come straight out of the DCCC playbook. To claim the Pledge prevents tax reform or the elimination of any particular deduction and/or credit is simply false. ATR President Grover Norquist created the Pledge in 1985 to help pass the 1986 Tax Reform Act, the most comprehensive tax reform legislation to date.

The Pledge prevents politicians from raising taxes by eliminating this-or-that tax preference by itself.  Rather, the Pledge tells politicians that such base broadening is acceptable only in the context of tax reform—broaden the base, lower the rates, and don’t raise the net tax burden in the aggregate on American families and employers.  A tax preference eliminated today is a tax preference not available for tax reform tomorrow.

Claims similar to Raye’s have been debunked by Factcheck.org and Politifact in the past.

Factcheck.org said:

More important, it [Taxpayer Protection Pledge] does not rule out an overhaul of the tax code. Signers agree to oppose any "net" reduction of deductions or credits "unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

Factcheck.org continued on with their examination of the Pledge by agreeing with ATR that any attempt to say the Pledge “protects” any deduction or credit is untrue:

That [Pledge] leaves ample room for elimination of any number of special tax breaks so long as the overall level of taxation is not increased. To claim that this "protects" any particular provision of the tax code is simply untrue.

Politifact also agreed with Factcheck.org saying:

The taxpayer pledge doesn’t prevent a signer from opposing any tax break as long as he or she finds a way to offset the resulting increase in taxes.

Any attempt by Raye to use Sen. Rand Paul against the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is disproved by a simple Google search. Politico highlighted a number of pro-Pledge comments made by Sen. Paul in 2012:

I’m a huge fan of the pledge. And I think it does hold people’s feet to the fire and they’ve essentially signed their signature and said they’re not going to raise taxes so if they go back on their word, I think they’ll suffer the repercussions in their next election.

In ME-02, Bruce Poliquin is the only candidate to make a written promise to Maine taxpayers to oppose higher taxes. Poliquin understands the solution to our current economic malaise is to hold the line on taxes, grow the economy, and cut government spending.

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NJ-03: Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur Make Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 19th, 2014, 4:34 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of New Jersey to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

Candidates running for office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing and provide an additional layer of accountability to the taxpayer.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. Currently, 41 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen incumbent governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

I want to congratulate both Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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ATR Releases List of 2014 Federal Pledge Signers Ahead of Primaries in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Friday, May 16th, 2014, 2:15 PM PERMALINK


With the primary elections of several states slated to take place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for congressional offices who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the states of Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Pennsylvania. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, May 20. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday can be found in the following links:

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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Idaho’s Congressional Races

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 2:16 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of United States Congressional candidates in Idaho who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Currently Elected Officials

  • Mike Crapo (SEN)
  • James Risch (SEN)
  • Raul Labrador (ID-01)
  • Michael Simpson (ID-02)

Challengers

  • Bryan Smith (ID-02)
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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Montana’s Congressional Races

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 1:38 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of United States Congressional candidates in Montana who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

 

Currently Elected Officials

  • Steve Daines (MT AL)

Challengers

  • Steve Daines (SEN)
  • Champ Edmunds (SEN)
  • Matt Rosendale (MT-AL)
  • Ryan Zinke (MT-AL)
  • Corey Stapleton (MT-AL)
  • Elsie Arntzen (MT-AL)
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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Georgia

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Posted by John Beattie McEwan, Adam Radman on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, 4:28 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of congressional candidates in Georgia who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Currently Elected Officials

  • Johnny Isakson (SEN)
  • Saxby Chambliss (SEN)
  • Jack Kingston (GA-01)
  • Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
  • Tom Price (GA-06)
  • Austin Scott (GA-08)
  • Doug Collins (GA-09)
  • Paul Broun (GA-10)
  • Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
  • Tom Graves (GA-14)

Challengers

  • Derrick Grayson (SEN)
  • Karen Handel (SEN)
  • Paul Broun (SEN)
  • Phil Gingrey (SEN)
  • David Perdue (SEN)
  • Jack Kingston (SEN)
  • Bob Johnson (GA-01)
  • Jeff Chapman (GA-01)
  • Earl “Buddy” Carter (GA-01)
  • John McCallum (GA-01)
  • Darwin Carter (GA-01)
  • Chip Flanegan (GA-03)
  • Brian Slowinski (GA-10)
  • Jody Hice (GA-10)
  • Mike Collins (GA-10)
  • Donna Sheldon (GA-10)
  • Bob Barr (GA-11)
  • Barry Loudermilk (GA-11)
  • Edward Lindsey (GA-11)
  • Tricia Pridemore (GA-11)
  • Rick W. Allen (GA-12)
  • Delvis Dutton (GA-12)
  • Eugene Yu (GA-12)

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GA-11 Update: Four Candidates Make Written Commitment to Oppose Higher Taxes

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Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014, 9:10 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform congratulates GA-11 candidates Tricia Pridemore, Bob Barr, Barry Loudermilk, and Ed Lindsey for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and taking any discussion of tax hikes off the table.

Candidates running for office like to say they won’t raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing and provide an additional layer of accountability to the taxpayer.

Pridemore, Barr, Loudermilk, and Lindsey are competing to replace Rep. Phil Gingrey, who is running for the open U.S. Senate seat. Cook Political Report rates GA-11 a “Solid R” district with a PVI of R+19. It's safe to say whoever wins the primary will ultimately become the next Representative of Georgia's eleventh congressional district.

Tricia Pridemore and Ed Lindsey have both reached "On the Radar" status in the NRCC's Young Guns program.  Reaching the level of On the Radar means, “candidates have completed a stringent program of metrics and are on the path to developing a mature and competitive campaign operation.”

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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in West Virginia

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Posted by John McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, May 12th, 2014, 11:35 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of congressional candidates in West Virginia who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Current Elected Officials

  • David McKinley (WV-01)
  • Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02)

Challengers

  • Shelley Moore Capito (SEN)
  • Alex Mooney (WV-02)
  • Ron Walters Jr. (WV-02)
  • James A. Moss (WV-02)
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ATR Releases 2014 List of Federal Pledge Signers in Nebraska

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Posted by John McEwan, Adam Radman on Monday, May 12th, 2014, 11:24 AM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform released an updated list of congressional candidates in Nebraska who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. The list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Current Elected Officials

  • Deb Fischer (SEN)
  • Mike Johanns (SEN)
  • Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)
  • Lee Terry (NE-02)
  • Adrian Smith (NE-03)
     

Challengers

  • Shane Osborne (SEN)
  • Ben Sasse (SEN)
  • Bart McLeay (SEN)
  • Sid Dinsdale (SEN)
  • Clifton Johnson (SEN)
  • Tom Brewer (NE-03)

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ATR Congratulates Jake Rush on Signing the “No New Taxes” Pledge to Florida Taxpayers

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Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014, 4:06 PM PERMALINK


Attorney and former law enforcement official Jake Rush signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his primary race against non-signer, Rep. Ted Yoho in Florida’s third congressional district.

The Pledge, championed by Americans for Tax Reform, is a commitment to the people of Florida to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. Currently, 41 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen incumbent governors and over 1,000 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I congratulate Jake Rush on signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Rush made the bold decision to put his anti-tax rhetoric in writing and voters know exactly where he stands on taxes now,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

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