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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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Associated Press Joins FactCheck.org in Debunking Democrat Attacks on Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, October 15th, 2010, 3:52 PM PERMALINK


Today, the Associated Press joined a growing list of news organizations that have debunked false claims made by Democrat candidates and their allies against signers of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. The “No New Taxes Pledge” has existed for over twenty years and was specifically designed to promote revenue-neutral tax reform.

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 Pledge does not protect any particular tax deduction or credit. Removing a deduction or credit from the tax code while accompanying it with a tax reduction of equal value does not violate the Pledge. This requirement can be met by increasing another deduction/credit or by lowering marginal income tax rates.

Democrats have repeatedly tried to misrepresent the meaning of the Pledge this election cycle. 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 against the Pledge were made in a number of states including 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 to be “not true.”  In Nevada, Jon Ralston of Face to Face “reality checked” the Titus campaign ad and found the claims against the “no new taxes” Pledge to be “totally misleading.” King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge a “stretch.”

The Associated Press had the following to say about the Democrats’ attacks on the Pledge:

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.

Democrats have tried to end tax breaks used by companies that ship jobs overseas, and Republicans have opposed that. The pledge, however, simply says the candidate will oppose increases in income tax rates and oppose cutting deductions or credits unless matched dollar-for-dollar by lower rates.

John Kartch, spokesman for the group, said it would be possible to end tax breaks for overseas companies while honoring the pledge, by substituting a tax reduction of equal value elsewhere in the tax code.

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Paul Hodes Campaign Spreading Falsehoods about Kelly Ayotte and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, October 11th, 2010, 6:19 PM PERMALINK


Desperate to take voters’ minds off his dismal performance in Congress, Paul Hodes has attacked Kelly Ayotte for signing a “No New Taxes” Pledge, which commits her to never raise income taxes on individuals and/or businesses. Hodes has attempted to spin Ayotte’s support of taxpayers by saying it “protects companies that ship jobs overseas.” The claim is absolutely false and ATR has repeatedly refuted similar attacks.

Comparable claims made against other candidates who have signed the Pledge have been called “blatantly false” by the nonpartisan, nonprofit FactCheck.org. The Pledge does not protect any particular tax deduction or credit. In fact, the Pledge was designed to promote revenue-neutral tax reform. As such, removal of a deduction or credit from the tax code that is accompanied by a tax reduction of equal value does not violate the Pledge. This requirement can be met by increasing another deduction/credit or by lowering marginal income tax rates.

Paul Hodes has made no attempt at reforming the tax code. Hodes is attacking Ayotte’s pledge not to raise taxes to hide his preference for higher taxes, a fondness he made clear by leaving Washington before voting to prevent one of the largest tax hikes in history. Voters should be wondering why they would be expected to let Hodes keep his job, when he hasn’t fulfilled its responsibilities this session.

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

Paul Hodes Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Hodes campaign desperate to distort Ayotte’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Paul Hodes Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Kelly Ayotte 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 Hodes 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, Ayotte has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in New Hampshire- something Paul Hodes 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 “thoroughly misleading.”King 5 TV in Washington called the accusations against the Pledge and senate candidate Dino Rossi a “stretch.”

“Why is Paul Hodes going out of his way to shamelessly distort Kelly Ayotte’s position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Ayotte is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. Hodes 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 Hampshire,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

“Kelly Ayotte 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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Hare Desperate to Take Focus Off Record Uses Debunked Attacks on Bobby Schilling and ATR Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010, 9:00 AM PERMALINK


The recent attacks by Rep. Phil Hare’s campaign against Bobby Schilling and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge lack credibility. Democrats like Rep. Hare have made these false and misleading claims over and over again across the country. A number of news sources have reviewed the charges and discredited them. Starting in April, FactCheck.org’s Brook Jackson condemned the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for making similar claims calling the attacks “blatantly false.” Jon Ralston, during his television show Face to Face, called similar claims against the Pledge in NV-03 “thoroughly misleading.” Even the DSCC and Democrat Senate candidates have attempted to distort the meaning of the Pledge. Democrat Sen. Patty Murray’s attempts were called “a stretch” by King 5 TV in Washington State.

Rep. Phil Hare has attempted to distract voters from the important issues this election cycle: jobs and economic growth. Voters should demand to know from Rep. Hare just how tax hikes on individuals and/or businesses create jobs. In fact, voters should also ask him why he left Washington before putting a stop to one of the largest tax hikes in U.S. History. By taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Schilling has made a clear pledge to the taxpayers in IL-17 that he will oppose and vote against any and all tax increases on working families and employers

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

Phil Hare Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Hare campaign desperate to distort Schilling’s “no new taxes” promise

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

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

“Bobby Schilling 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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Desperate to Mislead Voters: Kanjorski Uses Discredited Claims to Attack Lou Barletta and ATR Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010, 11:24 AM PERMALINK


In the coming weeks, voters should expect Rep. Paul Kanjorski to step up his misleading attacks on Lou Barletta and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Kanjorski will do everything in his power to avoid talking about his dismal track record on job growth and the economy. In signing the Pledge, Barletta has promised to never raise income taxes on individuals and/or businesses. Kanjorski’s attacks are nothing but an attempt to distract and misinform taxpayers on who will stand up for them in Congress.

Kanjorski’s claims the Pledge “protects shipping jobs overseas.” These charges have already been refuted by numerous news sources numerous including the nonpartisan, nonprofit FactCheck.org. Brooks Jackson, Director of Factcheck.org, found the claims against the Pledge to be “blatantly false” while Jon Ralston of the television program Face to Face in Nevada said similar accusations against the Pledge were “thoroughly misleading.” As Kanjorski attempts to sidestep his record, voters should ask him to explain why he thinks tax hikes create jobs?
 

Paul Kanjorski Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Kanjorski campaign desperate to distort Barletta’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Paul Kanjorski Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Lou Barletta 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 Kanjorski 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, Barletta has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in Pennsylvania - something Paul Kanjorski 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 Paul Kanjorski going out of his way to shamelessly distort Lou Barletta’s position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Barletta is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. Kanjorski has yet to make the same promise and should explain to voters how tax hikes revive a struggling economy and promote job growth in Pennsylvania,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

“Lou Barletta 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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In Desperation, Joe Manchin Campaign Lies about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and John Raese


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, September 30th, 2010, 1:25 PM PERMALINK


The recent attacks by the Joe Manchin campaign against John Raese and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge smack of desperation. The claims made by the Manchin campaign about “outsourcing” have repeatedly been discredited by a number of news sources.

Earlier in the year, Factcheck.org condemned the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s similar claims as “blatantly false” and King 5 TV in Washington State found the claims made by the campaign of Democrat Sen. Patty Murray against the Pledge to be “a stretch.” Jon Ralston of Face to Face in Nevada also reviewed similar charges made by Democrats against the Pledge and found them to be “thoroughly misleading.”

It’s time for Manchin to eschew the talking points coming out of the DSCC playbook in Washington, D.C. and start discussing real issues like economic growth and job creation. Raese has made a serious commitment to West Virginians by signing the Pledge and shouldn’t be attacked for promising to protect taxpayers.

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

 

Joe Manchin Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Manchin campaign desperate to distort Raese’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Joe Manchin Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on John Raese 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 Manchin 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, Raese has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in West Virginia - something Joe Manchin 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 a “stretch.”

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

“John Raese 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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Democrat Bill Owens Uses Discredited Attack against Matt Doheny and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010, 6:36 PM PERMALINK


In a sign of desperation, Democrat Rep. Bill Owens (NY-23) has begun attacking Republican candidate Matt Doheny and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge with thoroughly discredited charges. In their recent attack ad, the Owens’ campaign attempts to distort the meaning of the “No New Taxes” Pledge by linking it to the issue of outsourcing. In reality, the Pledge focuses on preventing income tax hikes for individuals and/or businesses. It’s a tool to protect against dishonest politicians who claim to oppose an “unfair tax credit” in an attempt to raise taxes.

This isn’t the first instance of Democrats using this extremely misleading line of attack against the Pledge. The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee assailed the Pledge in the HI-01 special election. Factcheck.org condemned the DCCC saying their claims against the Pledge were “blatantly false.” Additionally Jon Ralston, a leading political pundit in Nevada, said the charges made by the Dina Titus campaign against the Pledge were “thoroughly misleading.”

Even after numerous news sources have debunked their claims, Democrats continue to attempt to mislead voters on the true meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

To Read ATR’s official statement on Owens’ attacks on the Pledge, click “read more.”

Bill Owens Campaign Caught Telling Lies about the “No New Taxes” Pledge
Owens campaign desperate to distort Doheny’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DCThe Bill Owens Campaign recently launched a new line of attack on Matt Doheny 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 Owens 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, Doheny has taken tax hikes off the table for all taxpayers in New York - something Bill Owens 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 Bill Owens going out of his way to shamelessly distort Matt Doheny’s position on taxes? The Pledge signed by Donehy is a promise to constituents and businesses to never raise taxes. Owens 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 York,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.

“Matt Doheny 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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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.

Click here to view a printable pdf of the release.

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