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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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Dina Titus Attack Ad on Joe Heck and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is Thoroughly Misleading


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, September 3rd, 2010, 3:06 PM PERMALINK


Following in the footsteps of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and several other Democrat congressional candidates, Dina Titus launched a “blatantly false” attack ad against Joe Heck and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. ATR responded Wednesday by explaining that the claim was bogus and already debunked by multiple sources.

Yesterday Jon Ralston, a leading political pundit in Nevada, further discredited the claims made by the Titus campaign about the Pledge on his TV show, Face to Face. During his Reality Check segment, Ralston said the Titus campaign’s claims against the Pledge were “thoroughly misleading.”

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Dina Titus Launches False Attack Ad on Joe Heck and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010, 3:49 PM PERMALINK


It appears that Democrats can’t help themselves when it comes to campaigning against the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Yesterday, the Dina Titus for Congress campaign attacked Joe Heck for signing the “no new taxes” Pledge with deliberately misleading information. The Pledge is used as a tool to protect against tax increases and to promote revenue-neutral tax reform. The lower taxes supported by the Pledge protect jobs. Tax increases don't give anyone, anywhere a job.

It began with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee running ads in HI-01. Then the Mark Schauer campaign tried to malign the Pledge in MI-07 and the Democrat Party of WI took aim at the Pledge in WI-07. Now Dina “Taxus” Titus is misleading voters in NV-03 about the Pledge. It’s becoming something of a bad habit for liberals.

FactCheck.org’s Director Brooks Jackson wrote the following about Democrats’ attempt to distort the intention of the Pledge:

We find the ad to be false. The pledge only protects corporations from an increase in taxation overall. It explicitly allows elimination of any specific tax deduction or credit if matched dollar-for-dollar by an overall cut in rates. And it says nothing about jobs…This attack ad is false.

The Citizen-Patriot Journal in Michigan also deemed the attacks by Democrats on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to be “not true.”

To read ATR’s official statement on Democrats’ attempts to mislead voters on the meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, click read more.

Titus Campaign Launches “Blatantly False” Attack Ad on Joe Heck
Democrats try to distort Heck’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DC--The Dina Titus for Congress campaign recently issued a deliberately false attack ad on Republican Joe Heck for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Their claims 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. 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.”

Two weeks ago in Michigan, Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) made similarly incorrect claims about Tim Walberg and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Jackson Citizen-Patriot, a Jackson, MI newspaper, deemed Schauer’s claims “not true.”

“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. Quite simply, there has been no improvement in the economy or in job growth since Democrats took over. They have nothing to show for themselves in the run up to November,” 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 the issue of taxes.  

“Joe Heck has committed to never raising taxes on his constituents while liberal Dina Titus has left the door for tax hikes wide open,” continued Norquist.

Click here for a printable pdf of the press release.

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WI Democrats Launch "Blatantly False" Attack on Sean Duffy


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010, 3:53 PM PERMALINK


Following in the DCCC’s footsteps, the Democrat Party of Wisconsin recently launched its own attack on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Sean Duffy came under attack today for promising to take tax hikes off the table.

Democrats issued a release purposely misleading voters on the meaning of the “No New Taxes” Pledge. This same attack was tried earlier in the year during the HI-01 special election and two weeks ago in Michigan where Rep. Mark Schauer’s claims were deemed “not true” by the Jackson Citizen-Patriot.

FactCheck.org’s Director Brooks Jackson wrote the following about Democrats’ attempt to distort the intention of the Pledge:

We find the ad to be false. The pledge only protects corporations from an increase in taxation overall. It explicitly allows elimination of any specific tax deduction or credit if matched dollar-for-dollar by an overall cut in rates. And it says nothing about jobs…This attack ad is false.

To read ATR’s official statement on Democrats’ attempts to mislead voters on the meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, click read more.

State Democrats Launch “Blatantly False” Attack on Sean Duffy
Democrats try to distort Duffy’s “no new taxes” promise

WASHINGTON, DC--The Democrat Party of Wisconsin recently issued a deliberately false attack on Republican Sean Duffy for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Their claims 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, Duffy has taken tax hikes off the table -- something neither Democrat candidate has 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.”

Two weeks ago in neighboring Michigan, Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) made similarly incorrect claims about Tim Walberg and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Jackson Citizen-Patriot, a Jackson, MI newspaper, deemed Schauer’s claims “not true.”

“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. Quite simply, there has been no improvement in the economy or in job growth since Democrats took over. They have nothing to show for themselves in the run up to November,” 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 the issue of 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.

Click here for a printable pdf of the release.

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Schauer Campaign Launches Patently False Attack on Tim Walberg


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, August 11th, 2010, 4:11 PM PERMALINK


Tim Walberg recently came under attack from the Mark Schauer Campaign for promising to take tax hikes off the table. The Schauer Campaign issued a press release trying to deliberately mislead voters on the meaning of the “No New Taxes” Pledge. This same attack was tried earlier in the year during the HI-01 special election.

FactCheck.org’s Director Brooks Jackson wrote the following about Democrats’ attempt to distort the intention of the Pledge:

We find the ad to be false. The pledge only protects corporations from an increase in taxation overall. It explicitly allows elimination of any specific tax deduction or credit if matched dollar-for-dollar by an overall cut in rates. And it says nothing about jobs…This attack ad is false.

To read ATR’s official statement on Schauer’s attempts to mislead voters on the meaning of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, click read more.

Schauer Campaign Launches Patently False Attack on Tim Walberg
Democrats try to distort Walberg’s “no new taxes” promise

Washington, DC- The Schauer for Congress Campaign recently issued a deliberately false attack on Republican Tim Walberg for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. 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, Walberg has taken tax hikes off the table. This is something Schauer has yet to do by refusing to make this commitment.

This is not the first time Democrats have tried this line of attack on signers of the Pledge. During the special election in HI-01, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ran misleading attack ads against the Pledge. FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, issued a statement condemning the DCCC and agreeing with ATR’s position that the ads were “blatantly false.”

“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. Quite simply, there has been no improvement in the economy or in job growth since Democrats took over. They have nothing to show for themselves in the run up to November,” 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 the issue of taxes.

"If Democrats were so determined to promote tax reform, why do they always insist on eliminating deductions or credits without lowering rates? What Democrats truly want is higher taxes and to send more of taxpayers’ hard earned money to the federal government. They’re trying to pull the wool over voters’ eyes with this argument,” continued Norquist.

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GA-07 Update: Rob Woodall Refuses to Sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, August 2nd, 2010, 11:19 AM PERMALINK


On August 10th, Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Jody Hice faces Rob Woodall in a run off for the Republican nomination in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. Woodall recently refused to sign the Pledge leaving the door wide-open to tax hikes. His decision puts him outside the Republican mainstream in the U.S. House as over 95% of Republicans have signed the Pledge.

Since 2003, GA-07 has been represented by Rep. John Linder, a FAIR tax advocate and Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer.

Grover Norquist had this to say about Woodall’s recent statements on the Pledge:

“The fundamental question is: does the federal government have too much money, or not enough.  Rob Woodall believes it doesn’t have enough, I think Georgians believe the government has enough money and needs to start living within its means,” said ATR President Grover Norquist

“Why on earth in these times is Woodall talking about hiking taxes?” asked Norquist. “Instead, he should be taking tax hikes off the table by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”

To read ATR’s entire statement on Woodall, click “read more.”

Rob Woodall Refuses to Sign No New Taxes Pledge
Hice and Linder signed, why won’t he?

Washington, DC- Republican candidate Rob Woodall (GA-07) has refused to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. The Pledge, signed by 95% of House Republicans, 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.”  In refusing to sign, Woodall aligns himself to the political left of 95% of the Republicans in the U.S. House, and 4 of its Democrats. 

Woodall’s refusal to sign the Pledge leaves the door open to a wide variety of tax hikes and is a dramatic departure from the fiscal record of his current boss Rep. John Linder, who signed the Pledge in 1992, 1996, and 2002. Woodall’s opponent in the August 10th run off is Jody Hice, a former Talk Radio Host. Hice has taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, ruling out tax increases.

“The fundamental question is: does the federal government have too much money, or not enough.  Rob Woodall believes it doesn’t have enough, I think Georgians believe the government has enough money and needs to start living within its means,” said ATR President Grover Norquist

“Why on earth in these times is Woodall talking about hiking taxes?” asked Norquist. “Instead, he should be taking tax hikes off the table by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”

In a recent release, Woodall deliberately attempted to mislead voters about the Pledge. As Woodall knows, the Pledge does not prohibit revenue-neutral reform.  In fact, the Pledge was created to aid in the passage of the 1986 Tax Reform Bill put forth by President Reagan.

“Primary voters are faced with a clear choice on August 10th,”continuedNorquist. “They choose between two candidates: Jody Hice, a candidate that has forsworn taxes increases as a matter of principle, and Rob Woodall, a candidate that has refused to sign the Pledge.”

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