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U.S. Senate Candidate Dan Severson Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, April 12th, 2012, 12:59 PM PERMALINK


Former state Rep. Dan Severson (R-Minn.) recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Severson for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in the last election cycle with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, grow our economy, and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Dan Severson demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Minnesota.”

“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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Taxpayers Clear Winners in Tuesday Special Elections


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011, 5:58 PM PERMALINK


Voters expressed their clear dissatisfaction with President Obama’s economic policies by electing Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in the two special elections yesterday. Mark Amodei will be replacing Sen. Dean Heller, also a Pledge signer, in Nevada’s second congressional district while Bob Turner will be replacing the disgraced Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner in New York’s ninth congressional district.

The addition of Amodei and Turner brings the total number of Pledge signers in the U.S. House of Representatives to 238 members. There are currently 41 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate.

“The election of two Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in the NV-02 and NY-09 special elections yesterday should send a clear message to President Obama that Americans are tired of his unsuccessful, big government tax-and-spend policies. They are looking for a coherent economic policy that supports job creation and fiscal responsibility without the class warfare rhetoric,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“I applaud the decisions of Rep.-elect Mark Amodei and Rep.-elect Bob Turner to stand with taxpayers by signing the “no tax” Pledge. Voters have a right to know where candidates stand on the issues before they’re elected. Amodei and Turner showed they are on the side of taxpayers and were chosen to represent taxpayers in Nevada and New York to reverse the President’s failed economic policies,” continued Norquist.

“After the success of Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in Nevada and New York this week, I encourage all candidates running for elected office to stand on behalf of taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today.”

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George LeMieux Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011, 11:43 AM PERMALINK


Senate candidate George LeMieux has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Florida's U.S Senate seat. LeMieux was appointed to the Senate in August 2009, by former Governor Charlie Crist to serve out the remainder of Mel Martinez’s term after he retired. He will face off against former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, retired Army Colniel Mike McCallister, and former Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse CEO Craig Miller in the Republican primary next August.

The winner of the Republican primary will face two-term incumbent Senator Bill Nelson, who won his 2006 election with 60% of the vote against former Secretary of State Katherine Harris.

President Obama won Florida in 2008 with 50.9% and the state is rated as slightly leaning Democratic. However, Republican Marco Rubio won the general election in 2010 by a 19-point margin in a three-way Senate race with Independent Charlie Crist and Democrat candidate Kendrick Meek.

By signing the Pledge, LeMieux commits to the taxpayers of Florida that he will “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.”

Upon LeMieux signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate Mr. LeMieux for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again.

Adam Hasner has also signed the Pledge for this race. A copy of ATR's official statement on Sen. LeMieux signing the Pledge is below.

Florida Senate Candidate George LeMieux Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC— Former US Senator, George LeMieux has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 236 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Sen. LeMieux for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, George LeMieux demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Florida.”

“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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Mitt Romney Takes Tax Hikes Off The Table


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, June 23rd, 2011, 4:41 PM PERMALINK


Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), is a commitment to the American taxpayer to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 112th Congress, 41 U.S. Senators and 236 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,250 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“By signing the Pledge, Governor Romney keeps the faith of the American taxpayer by taking tax hikes off the table as President,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Politicians in Washington should be focused on reducing government spending.”

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Sarah Steelman Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011, 4:09 PM PERMALINK


Today, former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman became the first candidate in the Missouri U.S. Senate race to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Currently, the Republican primary field consists of only two officially announced candidates: Ed Martin, Chief of Staff to former Gov. Matt Blunt and 2010 congressional candidate, and Sarah Steelman. The eventual winner of the primary contest will face off against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill next November.

McCaskill is seeking reelection in a state that voted for Sen. John McCain in 2008 (50%-49%) and only elected her by 3% or roughly 45,000 votes in 2006.

By signing the Pledge, Steelman commits to the taxpayers of Missouri that she will “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.”

Upon Steelman signing the Pledge, ATR’s President Grover Norquist had this to say:

I want to congratulate Mrs. Steelman for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure last November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, grow the economy, and cut government spending.

To read ATR’s official statement, click “read more.”

Missouri Senate Candidate Sarah Steelman Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

WASHINGTON, DC—Former Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 237 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mrs. Steelman for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, grow the economy, and cut government spending,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Sarah Steelman demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Missouri.”

“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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Tom Leppert signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, 3:15 PM PERMALINK


Today former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The Pledge commits Leppert 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 President Grover Norquist had this to say about Leppert’s decision to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge:

By signing the Pledge, Tom Leppert demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Texas.

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

Ex-State Solicitor General Ted Cruz, former Mayor of Dallas Tom Leppert and former Secretary of State Roger Williams have also signed taken the Pledge in this race.

To read the entire ATR press release on Leppert signing the Pledge, click “read more.”

Tom Leppert (R-Texas) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Leppert promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Texas’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 237 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mayor Leppert for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real pro-growth solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,”said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Tom Leppert demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Texas.”

“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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George Allen Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, 2:50 PM PERMALINK


Former Gov. George Allen has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), 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, 41 U.S. Senators and 237 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, thirteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Gov. Allen for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs and cut government spending,”said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, George Allen demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Virginia.”

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

Click here for a printable pdf of the relase.

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Current List of Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers for the 112th Congress


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, November 5th, 2010, 5:31 PM PERMALINK


Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers for the 112th Congress

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AR-04 Update: Mike Ross Campaign Uses Discredited Attacks on Beth Anne Rankin and the Taxpayer Prote


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, October 29th, 2010, 5:40 PM PERMALINK


Taking its cues from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Mike Ross campaign recently began using a debunked line of attack against Beth Anne Rankin for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which commits a signer to “oppose and vote against” income tax hikes.

The Pledge, aka the “No New Taxes” Pledge, was created over twenty years ago to help promote President Reagan’s 1986 Tax Reform Act. It was specifically designed to prevent tax hikes and to promote revenue-neutral tax reform. Similar attacks to the ones used by the Ross Campaign have been discredited by a number of nonpartisan organizations including FactCheck.org, the Associated Press, and Politifact. FactCheck.org Director Brooks Jackson has gone as far as to characterize these attacks as “blatantly false.” Additionally, Jon Ralston of the TV program Face to Face in Nevada characterized a similar attack in the NV-03 race as “totally misleading.”

It’s clear the Ross campaign hopes to distract voters from his abysmal economic record by distorting the meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

To see ATR’s official statement on the Ross campaign’s attacks, click “read more.” 

Mike Ross Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Ross campaign desperate to distort Rankin’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Mike Ross Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Beth Anne Rankin by attempting to mislead voters about the actual meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The goal of the Pledge is to protect taxpayers and businesses from tax increases. The Ross campaign’s charges follow the patently false claims made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) earlier in the year – claims that the non-partisan FactCheck.org agrees are “blatantly false.”

The “No New Taxes” Pledge commits a 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.” By making this promise, Rankin has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Arkansas- something Mike Ross has not done.

This is not the first time Democrats have tried to misrepresent the meaning of the Pledge. During the special election in HI-01, the DCCC ran misleading attack ads against the Pledge. FactCheck.org, a non-partisan "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, responded by condemningthe DCCC and agreeing that the ads were “blatantly false.”

Similar claims about the Pledge were made recently in Michigan, Nevada, and Washington. In Michigan, the Jackson Citizen-Patriot, a Jackson, Michigan newspaper, deemed Rep. Mark Schauer’s claims about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and Tim Walberg to be “not true.”  In Nevada, Jon Ralston of Face to Face “reality checked” the Dina Titus campaign ad and found the claims made against the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “totally misleading.”King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi a “stretch.”

“Why is Mike Ross going out of his way to shamelessly distort Beth Anne Rankin’s position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Rankin is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. Ross has yet to make the same promise and should explain to voters how tax hikes revive a struggling economy and promote job growth in Arkansas,” said ATR President Grover Norquist. 

“Beth Anne Rankin has committed to never raising taxes on her constituents while her Democrat opponent has left the door for tax hikes wide open,” continued Norquist.

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Chet Edwards Just Doesn't Get it: the Taxpayer Protection Pledge Prevents Higher Taxes


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, October 18th, 2010, 6:21 PM PERMALINK


Chet Edward’s campaign recently sent out a mailer attacking Bill Flores for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which commits him to opposing and voting against income tax hikes. By attacking the Pledge, Edwards is deliberately misleading the voters of TX-17 about the laudable commitment Flores has made to taxpayers. It’s no surprise Edwards is touting the same line as other Democrats across the country who are desperate to distract voters from their dismal economic record

The Taxpayer Protection Pledge has existed for over twenty years. It was specifically designed to protect taxpayers and businesses from higher taxes and to promote revenue-neutral tax reform. The Pledge doesn’t protect any particular deduction or credit. It simply protects against tax hikes. A number of new sources have already discredited this line of attack. The nonpartisan, nonprofit FactCheck.org called attacks against the Pledge “blatantly false” while Jon Ralston of the TV program Face to Face in Nevada characterized a similar attack as “totally misleading.” The Associated Press recently reviewed similar attacks finding them false, AP stating, “The pledge, from Americans for Tax Reform, makes no promise to protect these companies. It says nothing about jobs. It's a pledge to oppose tax increases.”

Taxpayers aren’t interested in distortions on a candidate’s record and obvious attempts to distract from economic reality. With the unemployment rate over 9 percent for its seventeenth consecutive month, voters want to hear about solutions that promote job growth and economic activity.

To read ATR’s official statement on Edward’s misleading attacks on the Pledge; click “read more.”

Chet Edwards Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Edwards campaign desperate to distort Flores’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Chet Edwards Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Bill Flores by attempting to mislead voters about the actual meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The goal of the Pledge is to protect taxpayers and businesses from tax increases. The Edwards campaign’s charges follow the patently false claims made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) earlier in the year – claims that the non-partisan FactCheck.org agrees are “blatantly false.”

The “No New Taxes” Pledge commits a 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.” By making this promise, Flores has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Texas- something Chet Edwards has not done.

This is not the first time Democrats have tried to misrepresent the meaning of the Pledge. During the special election in HI-01, the DCCC ran misleading attack ads against the Pledge. FactCheck.org, a non-partisan "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, responded by condemningthe DCCC and agreeing that the ads were “blatantly false.”

Similar claims about the Pledge were made recently in Michigan, Nevada, and Washington. In Michigan, the Jackson Citizen-Patriot, a Jackson, Michigan newspaper, deemed Rep. Mark Schauer’s claims about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and Tim Walberg to be “not true.”  In Nevada, Jon Ralston of Face to Face “reality checked” the Dina Titus campaign ad and found the claims made against the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “totally misleading.”King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi a “stretch.”

“Why is Chet Edwards going out of his way to shamelessly distort Bill Flores’s position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Flores is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. Edwards has yet to make the same promise and should explain to voters how tax hikes revive a struggling economy and promote job growth in Texas,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

“Bill Flores has committed to never raising taxes on his constituents while his Democrat opponent has left the door for tax hikes wide open,” continued Norquist.

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