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PA-07 Update: Do You Know Which Tax Hikes Bryan Lentz Supports?


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, 1:04 PM PERMALINK

Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Pat Meehan recently called on his general election opponent State Rep. Bryan Lentz to sign the Pledge in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District. As Meehan pointed out, Lentz has a history of supporting tax increases. In fact, Lentz voted for the 2009 Pennsylvania budget that contained nearly $1 billion in tax hikes.

We think it’s time that Lentz comes clean about his position on taxes. He should either take the Pledge or clarify exactly which taxes he would like to see raised.

This is an open seat that Cook Political Report rates as a “Toss Up” with a PVI of D+3. Rep. Joe Sestak is currently running in the U.S. Senate race against Pat Toomey.

To read the rest of ATR’s statement, click “read more.”

Bryan Lentz: What Tax Hikes Are You For?
Taxpayer Group calls on Lentz to clarify exactly where he stands on taxes

WASHINGTON, DC- Americans for Tax Reform calls on State Rep. Bryan Lentz to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his run in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District or tell voters exactly which taxes he intends to hike if elected to Congress. Recently, Lentz’s general election opponent and Pledge signer Pat Meehan called on him to join him in promising never to raise taxes on Pennsylvania voters. ATR has not yet received Lentz's Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  

The Pledge commits signers 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.”

“The voters in Pennsylvania have a right to know where candidates stand on the issues before electing them to Congress,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Lentz has a history of voting for massive tax hikes and should tell Pennsylvanians whether or not he intends to raise their taxes. It’s only a logical step to assume that if he won’t sign the Pledge then he wants to raise taxes.”

In the past Lentz has tried to claim that he voted for a “no tax” budget in 2009. However, the 2009 budget contained nearly $1 billion in tax hikes including reducing all tax credits by 33%, increasing the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax, and a 25 cents per pack increase in Pennsylvania's cigarette tax.

“I applaud Meehan for dedication to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania,” continued Norquist. “Taxpayers deserve to know that the men and women they elect to office will stand on their side against the special interests in Washington. I urge Lentz to join with Meehan in promising never to raise taxes on the voters of Pennsylvania.”

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Carly Fiorina Wins U.S. Senate Primary in California


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, 4:31 PM PERMALINK

Yesterday, Republican primary voters chose Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Carly Fiorina as their standard bearer in the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer. In a three-way primary, Fiorina defeated former Congressman Tom Campbell, who repeatedly refused to sign the Pledge, and Pledge signer Chuck DeVore.

Fiorina used the Pledge during the campaign to highlight the significant difference between her and primary opponent Tom Campbell on taxes. In fact, she aired a TV commercial close to primary day that specifically attacked Campbell for his record and his decision not to sign the Pledge.

To read our full release on Fiorina’s win, click “read more.”

Key Factor in Fiorina Victory: Fiorina Signed Tax Pledge, Campbell Did Not
Fiorina made the Taxpayer Protection Pledge cornerstone of primary campaign while Campbell left door open to tax hikes

WASHINGTON, DC--Yesterday, taxpayers rejoiced as Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Carly Fiorina defeated former Congressman Tom Campbell, who repeatedly refused to sign the Pledge, for the chance to faceoff against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Fiorina regularly campaigned on her decision to sign the Pledge and even included it in a TV spot that aired right before Tuesday’s election. The ad said, “Thinking of voting for Tom Campbell? Even though he refused to sign the taxpayer protection pledge? And pushed for higher gas, sales and income taxes? …Vote Carly. Instead.”

"Carly Fiorina’s victory yesterday against RINO Tom Campbell sends a clear message to the rest of the candidates running for office that if you are serious about lowering taxes, you sign the taxpayer protection pledge," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Over 400 candidates for federal offices have already signed the Pledge this election cycle. The Pledge commits signers 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.”

“Sen. Barbara Boxer has done nothing to help improve the lives of Californians. California currently has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 12.6%. Her continued support of the failed policies of the Obama administration is unacceptable,” continued Norquist.

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Video: Dick Morris Endorses Carly Fiorina


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 1:03 PM PERMALINK

Yesterday, Dick Morris announced his endorsement of Carly Fiorina in the Republican primary for California's U.S. Senate seat. Morris cited Tom Campbell's refusal to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a major reason for his decision to endorse Fiorina.

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Steve Moak (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, June 7th, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK

Steve Moak (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Steve Moak, a Republican running in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional district, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers 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. To date, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“After the passage of the so-called ‘Stimulus Package,’ better known as the Pelosi-Obama-Reid Spending Give-Away, Americans are desperately searching for candidates and politicians that will protect their livelihoods and put their wallets ahead of the federal government’s coffers,”said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Steve Moak demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 3rd district.”

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

Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at jkartch@atr.org

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Central Difference Between Carly Fiorina and Tom Campbell: Taxes


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010, 4:31 PM PERMALINK

Yesterday, Carly Fiorina appeared on Fox Business News and took a moment during the interview to discuss the importance of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. California taxpayers should be encouraged by what Fiorina had to say because as she explained her core campaign principle is no new taxes - something that dramatically separates her from primary opponent Tom Campbell. Fiorina is running in the GOP primary against Chuck DeVore, another Pledge signer, and Tom Campbell for the opportunity to face Democrat incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

While Fiorina and DeVore have taken the Pledge never to raise their constituents’ taxes, Campbell has flat out refused to make such a stand. While still claiming to be a fiscal conservative, Tom Campbell has supported a number of tax hikes over the last several years as both a gubernatorial candidate and Senate candidate. Primary voters should take that into consideration as they vote on June 8th.

Check out Carly’s explanation of why she signed the Taxpayer Protection below:

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Do You Know Which Candidates Have Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 17th, 2010, 5:16 PM PERMALINK

Tomorrow, primary voters in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania are heading to the polls to pick their respective candidates for November. Americans for Tax Reform would like to urge these voters to give special consideration to candidates that have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which commits signers 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.” These candidates have made a solemn promise to protect your family budget over the ever-expanding coffers of the federal government.

The following candidates have signed the Pledge in:

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Pittsburgh TV Station Pulls DCCC's False Attack Ad on Burns


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, May 14th, 2010, 3:35 PM PERMALINK

The American Spectator blog and RedState recently reported that WPGH-TV, the Pittsburgh affiliate of Sinclair Broadcasting, just suspended the DCCC’s latest attack ad against Tim Burns that falsely claims he supports a national 23% sales tax and shipping jobs overseas.

The DCCC and Mark Critz have repeatedly tried to misrepresent Burns’ position on taxes. Burns signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge early on in his campaign, which commits the signer 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.” Critz has yet to make any such promise to the voters of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. In fact, Critz was asked bluntly during a recent debate whether he would raise taxes and his response left the door wide open for tax hikes. Watch the YouTube video here.

Kent Gates, a Burns campaign spokesman, remarked on the decision to pull the ad:

Mark Critz and his Pelosi backed attack machine have been lying about Tim Burns’ positions throughout this campaign. The non-partisan FactCheck.org has already called Critz’s smears ‘false’ and now they are caught again falsely claiming Tim Burns supports a 23% national sales tax. Mark Critz even apologized at one point for these lies. So if he really is sorry, Critz should stop the smears and call on his Washington based backers to do the same.

Last month, the DCCC tried to make similar claims against HI-01 candidate Charles Djou. FactCheck.org came out so strongly against these ads that they wrote, “For Democrats, misrepresenting an opponent’s anti-tax position as an anti-jobs position is getting to be a bad habit.”

I think that explains just how desperate they are to run away from their record on the economy. 

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Nebraskans: Do You Know Who Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 10th, 2010, 5:31 PM PERMALINK

Today, ATR released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Nebraska who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers
NE-Sen Mike Johanns (R)
NE-Sen Ben Nelson (D)*
NE-01 Jeff Fortenberry (R)**
NE-02 Lee Terry (R)
NE-03 Adrian Smith (R)

 

State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers
Incumbents   Challengers
 Scott Price (L-3) Debra Bosshart (H-16)  
 Tony Fulton (20-L) John Lillis (H-12)  
   Richard Morthland (H-71)
  Tom Nesbitt (Treasurer)  
   Don Stenberg (Treasurer)

Notes:
* Senator Nelson recently violated his pledge by voting for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (12/24/09)

** Representative Fortenberry has violated his pledge by voting for H.R. 6 (1-18-07); H.R. 2419 (07/27/2007); and H.R. 2642 (05/18/2008)

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West Virginians: Do You Know Which Candidates Have Signed the Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 10th, 2010, 1:40 PM PERMALINK

Today, ATR released an updated list of incumbents and challengers 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. Americans for Tax Reform strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is as follows:

Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers
Incumbents Challengers
WV-02 Shelley Moore Capito (R) WV-01 David McKinley (R)
  WV-01 Mac Warner (R)
  WV-01 Sarah Minear (R)
  WV-01 Thomas Stark (R)
  WV-03 Lee A. Bias (R)
  WV-03 E.E. Maynard (R)
  WV-03 Conrad Lucas (R)

 

State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers
Incumbents Challengers Challengers (cont)
Sam Argento (H-35) Cindy Frich (S-13) Kevin Patrick (H-44)
Tim Armstead (H-32) Jim Mullins (S-9) Rupert W. Phillips, Jr. (H-19)
Larry Border (H-9) Russell Snyder (S-12) Chris Walters (H-44)
Mitch B. Carmichael (H-12) Diana Bartley (H-41) Ronald N. Walters (H-32)
Allen V. Evans (H-48) Darrell Justin Black (H-14) Tommy Phillips (H-41)
Daniel J. Hall (H-22) Danny Hamrick (H-41) Kevin Poe (H-44)
Jonathan Miller (H-53) Brian Hicks (H-30) Jerry Reynolds (H-39)
John Overington (H-55)** Eric Householder (H-56) Dolph Santorine (H-3)
Thomas (Mike) Porter (H-25) Gary Howell (H-49) Rick Starn (H-43)
Ruth Rowan (H-50) Donny Jones (H-57) Chad Story (H-19)
John Shott (H-24) Fred Joseph (H-30) Blake Thompson (H-58)
Kelli Sobonya (H-16) Larry D. Kump (H-52)  
Linda Sumner (H-27) Tom Louisos (H-29)  
Ronald N. Walters (H-32)    
Larry A. Williams (H-45)    

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Tom Campbell is No Friend of Taxpayers


Posted by Adam Radman on Saturday, May 8th, 2010, 9:30 AM PERMALINK

Tom Campbell, US Senate candidate

California voters should be cautious of Tom Campbell and his claims of fiscal conservatism. Campbell has repeatedly refused to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for U.S. Senate. The Pledge is a simple tool that over 400 candidates this election cycle have signed promising never to raise their constituents’ income taxes. If over 400 candidates including Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, and the two gubernatorial candidates- Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner- can sign the Pledge, why can’t Campbell?

Well, the problem appears to be the following: Campbell wants to raise taxes. Look at his response to Fiorina’s criticism of his decision not to sign the Pledge, “The problem with the pledge is you don't know what the future is going to be.”

If he doesn’t have the resolve to find spending cuts in a three trillion dollar budget, then California voters should look elsewhere. Currently, the United States has an overspending problem in excess of one trillion dollars and has an unemployment rate of 9.9%. The situation is even graver in California, which has a 12.6% unemployment rate.

Voters will also find a number of questionable statements made or positions taken by Campbell over the last several years on taxes. During the recent state budget woes, Campbell suggested a 32 cents-per-gallon increase in the gas tax.  In addition, he agreed with Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Democrat-led legislature that passing a budget with $15 billion in tax hikes “was the right thing to do.” Campbell actively supported Prop 1A, which was rejected by nearly two-thirds of California voters.

Time and again, Campbell has been on the wrong side of the tax issue. Voters should be aware of his disappointing positions as they get ready to vote in the June 8th GOP primaries. There are a number of issues that should be of concern for primary voters. The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts are set to expire and Liberals seem intent on letting them. Furthermore, President Obama and Congress have done nothing to curb the explosive growth in government, but have in fact exacerbated the problem. Voters need a strong commitment, especially in this election cycle, from their candidates to vote against tax hikes and to curb spending. Sadly, Tom Campbell has yet to display the necessary resolve to be considered a friend of the taxpayer.

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