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Adam Radman

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.”

To view the whole segment, check the YouTube video below.

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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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Georgians: Do You Know Which Candidates Have Taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, July 19th, 2010, 1:35 PM PERMALINK


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

Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers
Incumbents Challengers Challengers (con.'t)
GA-Sen Johnny Isakson (R) GA-Sen Charles Donovan (I) GA-08 Austin Scott (R)
GA-Sen Saxby Chambliss (R) GA-02 Mike Keown (R) GA-13 David Orr (R)
GA-01 Jack Kingston (R) GA-02 Rick Allen (R) GA-09 Mike Evans (R)
GA-03 Lynn Westmoreland (R) GA-04 Cory Ruth (R) GA-09 Bill Stephens (R)
GA-06 Tom Price (R) GA-07 Jody Hice (R) GA-09 Lee Hawkins (R)
GA-07 John Linder (R)- retiring GA-07 Clay Cox (R) GA-09 Chris Cates (R)
GA-09 Tom Graves (R) GA-07 Jef Fincher (R) GA-12 Carl Smith (R)
GA-10 Paul Broun (R) GA-07 Tom Parrott (R) GA-12 Mike Horner (R)
GA-11 Phil Gingrey (R) GA-07 Chuck Efstration (R) GA-12 Jeanne Seaver (R)
  GA-08 Angela Hicks (R) GA-12 Raymond McKinney (R)

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MD-01 Update: Andy Harris Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010, 6:09 PM PERMALINK


Mary'and's First Congressional District

Recently, State Sen. Andy Harris signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for Maryland’s First Congressional District. Harris is hoping for a rematch against incumbent Democrat Frank Kratovil, who defeated Harris in 2008 by less than 3,000 votes. In this conservative district, Kratovil will have a hard time explaining his votes for the Waxman Cap and Tax Bill and the so-called "Stimulus Package."

 The Cook Political Report rates this race a “Toss Up” with a PVI of R+13. The district has voted for a Republican presidential candidate in the last three elections. McCain won the district with 58% in 2008 and former President Bush won the district with 62% in 2004 and 57% in 2000.

To read ATR’s official statement on Harris signing the Pledge, click “read more.”

Andy Harris (R-Md.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
House candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Andy Harris, a Republican running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland’s 1st District, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, 33 U.S. senators and 173 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, nine Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge. 

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

“By signing the Pledge, Andy Harris demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Maryland.”

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

 For a printable pdf, click here.

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Grover Norquist on the Importance of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010, 3:00 PM PERMALINK


Today, Human Events features a piece by Grover on the importance of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for the 2010 elections. As you know, ATR asks candidates for state and federal elected office to promise, in writing, to vote against tax increases. Has your candidate for elected office signed the “Anti-Tax” Pledge? If not, ask them which tax hikes they support.

Here’s a snippet from Grover’s article:

This great divide between those who publically and irrevocably take tax increases off the table and demand spending restraint and those who remain “open” to tax increases in place of spending cuts is dramatically revealed in the 2010 elections.

The Tea Party movement is demanding that candidates commit to reducing government spending. Politicians are forced to focus on spending only when tax increases are permanently and irrevocably off the table. Then and only then will elected officials do the hard work of prioritizing, ending failed programs and laying off the incompetent.

Raising taxes is what politicians do when they don’t have the strength to actually govern.

To read more, click here.

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

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

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

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

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