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Martin Heinrich Launches Misleading and False Attack against Pledge Signer Jon Barela


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, September 27th, 2010, 3:02 PM PERMALINK


Martin Heinrich joins a growing list of Democrats that have tried to deceive voters this election cycle by purposely distorting the meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Heinrich campaign recently began running an attack ad against Jon Barela for signing the “No New Taxes” Pledge, which is a written promise to never raise income taxes on individuals and/or businesses.

The claims about outsourcing made by the Heinrich campaign have repeatedly been debunked by a number of non-partisan news sources. In Nevada, Jon Ralston of Face to Face reviewed a similar Democrat attack ad against the Pledge and found it to be “thoroughly misleading.” Earlier in the year, Factcheck.org found claims against the Pledge by the Democrat Congressional Committee to be “blatantly false.” King 5 TV, a news show in Washington state, called the attacks against the Pledge and Dino Rossi by Sen. Patty Murray’s campaign “a stretch.”

By joining with these other campaigns in attempting to mislead voters about the Pledge, Heinrich’s campaign shows just how desperate they are to get voters to focus on anything other than jobs and the economy.

To read ATR’s official statement on Heinrich’s misleading attacks, click “read more.”

Martin Heinrich Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Heinrich campaign desperate to distort Barela’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Martin Heinrich Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Jon Barela 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 Heinrich 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, Barela has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in New Mexico- something Martin Heinrich 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 condemning the 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 “thoroughly misleading.” King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi to be a “stretch.”

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

“Jon Barela 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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Kosmos Goes After Sandy Adams with Blatantly False Attack Ad


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, September 24th, 2010, 11:56 AM PERMALINK


Rep. Suzanne Kosmas recently began airing blatantly false attack ads against her opponent Sandy Adams for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Kosmos’ claims come straight out of the playbook of the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) who have made similiar accusations across the country. Earlier in the year, Factcheck.org found the claims made by the DCCC to be "blatantly false" and Jon Ralston of Face to Face said the claims against the Pledge were "thoroughly misleading."

Kosmas’ campaign is attempting to distort the actual meaning of the Pledge by linking it to outsourcing. The reality is that the “No New Taxes” Pledge focuses on protecting individuals and/or businesses from experiencing tax hikes. The Kosmos’ campaign should have learned that the lower taxes supported by the Pledge protect jobs while tax increases don't give anyone, anywhere a job.

To read ATR’s official statement on the attempts by the Kosmos campaign to distort the Pledge, click “read more.”

Suzanne Kosmas Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Kosmas campaign desperate to distort Adams’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Suzanne Kosmas Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Sandra Adams 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 Kosmas 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, Adams has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Florida- something Suzanne Kosmas 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 condemning the 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 “thoroughly misleading.” King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi to be a “stretch.”

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

"Sandra Adams 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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Ann Kirkpatrick Uses Faulty Logic to Attack Paul Gosar and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010, 4:32 PM PERMALINK


Recently, Paul Gosar has come under attack from the Ann Kirkpatrick campaign in AZ-01 for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which commits a signer to oppose and vote against income tax hikes.

Kirkpatrick isn’t the first Democrat to try this line of attack against the “No New Taxes” Pledge. It began in the special election in HI-01, where Factcheck.org found the claims made against the Pledge to be “blatantly false.” It’s continued in states like Washington where King 5 TV found the claims made by the Patty Murray campaign against the Pledge and Dino Rossi to be “a stretch.” Additionally, Jon Ralston of Face to Face called the accusations made by the Dina Titus campaign against the Pledge to be “thoroughly misleading.” It appears that Democrats haven’t learned their lesson yet. Candidates that take the Taxpayer Protection Pledge should be applauded for their serious commitment to taxpayers and not attacked for it.

To read ATR’s official statement on the Pledge and Kirkpatrick’s faulty claims against it, click “read more.”

Ann Kirkpatrick Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Kirkpatrick campaign desperate to distort Gosar’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Ann Kirkpatrick Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Paul Gosar 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 Kirkpatrick 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, Gosar has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Arizona- something Ann Kirkpatrick 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 condemning the 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 “thoroughly misleading.” King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi to be a “stretch.”

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

“Paul Gosar 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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ATR Launches Media Buy Fighting Lies About Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, September 16th, 2010, 2:19 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) began airing television ads in Nevada’s Third Congressional District recently in response to false claims made by the Dina Titus for Congress campaign about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. ATR will spend over $600,000 in the coming weeks in Nevada’s 3rd district alone, in order to inform voters about Titus’ tax-hiking record and to correct the claims made against the “no new taxes” Pledge. 

The accusations by the Titus campaign mirror the misleading charges 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, Heck has taken tax hikes off the table -- something Dina Titus has not done.

This is not the first time Democrats have tried to misrepresent the meaning of the Pledge. Democrats including the DCCC have wrongly attacked Pledge signers in HI-01, WI-07, WA-02, and WA-03.

Jon Ralston of the public affairs show Face to Face on KSNV Channel 3 fact checked the ad during a segment of  the show. Ralston found the claims made by the Titus campaign to be "thoroughly misleading." TheJackson Citizen-Patriot, a Jackson, MI newspaper, also found the claims made by Rep. Mark Schauer against the Pledge to be “not true.”

The following is an excerpt from the television ad, “Dina Titus attacks people for promising not to raise taxes. But it’s just more negative ads to hide her liberal record...And Titus’s attack has been called ‘thoroughly misleading’ and ‘blatantly false’ The facts? Titus voted for higher taxes…And for the failed $787 billion stimulus…”

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Rick Larsen Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the "No New Taxes" Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, September 9th, 2010, 10:22 AM PERMALINK


The Rick Larsen Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on John Koster 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 Larsen 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, Koster has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Washington- something Rick Larsen 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 condemning the DCCC and agreeing that the ads were “blatantly false.”

Similar claims about the Pledge were made recently in Michigan and Nevada. 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 and the Las Vegas Review-Journal “reality checked” the Dina Titus campaign ad and found the claims made about the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “thoroughly misleading.”

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Denny Heck Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the "No New Taxes" Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010, 3:53 PM PERMALINK


The Denny Heck for Congress campaign issued a statement recently attacking Jaime Herrera for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The attack is almost identical to the misleading claims made by a number of Democrat candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. These claims have been thoroughly discredited by a number of sources including Factcheck.org and Jon Ralston, a leading political pundit in Nevada. Factcheck.org found the claims to be “blatantly false” while Jon Ralston agreed that the accusations were “thoroughly misleading.”

The Pledge is a commitment made by the signer to his/her future constituents to vote against tax hikes and to promote pro-growth economic policies. It appears that Denny Heck’s only solution to a struggling economy and an unemployment rate of almost ten percent is tax hikes.

For ATR’s official statement on Denny Heck’s misleading claims about the Pledge, click “read more.”

 Denny Heck Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Heck campaign desperate to distort Herrera’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Denny Heck Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Jaime Herrera 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 Heck 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, Herrera has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Washington- something Denny Heck 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 condemning the DCCC and agreeing that the ads were “blatantly false.”

Similar claims about the Pledge were made recently in Michigan and Nevada. 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 and the Las Vegas Review-Journal “realty checked” the Dina Titus campaign ad and found the claims made about the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “thoroughly misleading.”

“Clearly Denny Heck is scared to debate Jaime Herrera on the issues. Otherwise, why would his campaign go out of its way to shamelessly distort her position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Herrera is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. Heck has yet to make the same promise and should explain to voters how tax hikes revive a struggling economy and promote job growth in Washington,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

“Jaime Herrera 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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Video: JFK vs. Obama on Tax Cuts


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010, 2:36 PM PERMALINK


H/T to the Winston Group for putting this excellent video together on the differing opinions of two Democrat Presidents: John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama on tax cuts and their impact on the economy.

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Lassa Campaign Following the Tactics of the DCCC in WI-07


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010, 5:58 PM PERMALINK


Taking a page from the Democrat Party of Wisconsin, the Julie Lassa for Congress campaign began running its own deliberately false attack ad against Sean Duffy and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Their ad makes the same faulty assertions as previous attacks on the Pledge including the DCCC's "blatantly false" ad aired earlier this year

Lassa’s campaign basically asserts that by signing the “no new taxes” Pledge, Duffy supports sending jobs overseas. Jon Ralston, a leading pundit in Nevada, fact checked these same claims made by the incumbent Democrat in Nevada’s Third Congressional District and found them to be “thoroughly misleading.” The reality of the Pledge is it supports keeping taxes low and helps to promote revenue-neutral tax reform.

Liberals don’t seem to under that promoting lower taxes and preventing tax hikes are positive steps towards creating jobs in America.

To read ATR’s official statement on Lassa’s misleading claims, click “read more.”

Lassa Campaign Launches “Blatantly False” Attack Ad on Sean Duffy
Lassa desperate to distort Duffy’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DC--The Julie Lassa for Congress campaign recently began airing a blatantly false attack ad on Republican Sean Duffy for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Lassa campaign’s charges mirror the misleading claims made by the Democrat Party of Wisconsin in late August and the 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, Duffy has taken tax hikes off the table- something Julie Lassa 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 condemning the DCCC and agreeing that the ads were “blatantly false.”

Similar claims about the Pledge were made recently in Michigan and Nevada. 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 and the Las Vegas Review-Journal “realty checked” the Dina Titus campaign ad and found the claims made about the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “thoroughly misleading.”

“Democrats are desperate to take voters’ eyes off of their dismal performance as stewards of our economy. That’s why they continue to roll out this disturbingly false claim about candidates and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

The idea behind the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is to protect against tax increases and to promote revenue-neutral tax reform. This is a concept that Democrats fail to understand as they continue to betray voters trust on taxes.  

“Sean Duffy has committed to never raising taxes on his constituents while his Democrat opponents have left the door for tax hikes wide open,” continued Norquist.

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