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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.”

For a printable pdf, click here

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Carly Fiorina Wins U.S. Senate Primary in California


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, 4:31 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, Republican primary voters chose Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Carly Fiorina as their standard bearer in the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer. In a three-way primary, Fiorina defeated former Congressman Tom Campbell, who repeatedly refused to sign the Pledge, and Pledge signer Chuck DeVore.

Fiorina used the Pledge during the campaign to highlight the significant difference between her and primary opponent Tom Campbell on taxes. In fact, she aired a TV commercial close to primary day that specifically attacked Campbell for his record and his decision not to sign the Pledge.

To read our full release on Fiorina’s win, click “read more.”

Key Factor in Fiorina Victory: Fiorina Signed Tax Pledge, Campbell Did Not
Fiorina made the Taxpayer Protection Pledge cornerstone of primary campaign while Campbell left door open to tax hikes

WASHINGTON, DC--Yesterday, taxpayers rejoiced as Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Carly Fiorina defeated former Congressman Tom Campbell, who repeatedly refused to sign the Pledge, for the chance to faceoff against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Fiorina regularly campaigned on her decision to sign the Pledge and even included it in a TV spot that aired right before Tuesday’s election. The ad said, “Thinking of voting for Tom Campbell? Even though he refused to sign the taxpayer protection pledge? And pushed for higher gas, sales and income taxes? …Vote Carly. Instead.”

"Carly Fiorina’s victory yesterday against RINO Tom Campbell sends a clear message to the rest of the candidates running for office that if you are serious about lowering taxes, you sign the taxpayer protection pledge," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Over 400 candidates for federal offices have already signed the Pledge this election cycle. 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.”

“Sen. Barbara Boxer has done nothing to help improve the lives of Californians. California currently has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 12.6%. Her continued support of the failed policies of the Obama administration is unacceptable,” continued Norquist.

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Video: Dick Morris Endorses Carly Fiorina


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 1:03 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, Dick Morris announced his endorsement of Carly Fiorina in the Republican primary for California's U.S. Senate seat. Morris cited Tom Campbell's refusal to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a major reason for his decision to endorse Fiorina.

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Steve Moak (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, June 7th, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


Steve Moak (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Steve Moak, a Republican running in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional 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, 34 U.S. senators and 172 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, seven 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, Steve Moak demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 3rd district.”

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

Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at jkartch@atr.org

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Central Difference Between Carly Fiorina and Tom Campbell: Taxes


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010, 4:31 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, Carly Fiorina appeared on Fox Business News and took a moment during the interview to discuss the importance of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. California taxpayers should be encouraged by what Fiorina had to say because as she explained her core campaign principle is no new taxes - something that dramatically separates her from primary opponent Tom Campbell. Fiorina is running in the GOP primary against Chuck DeVore, another Pledge signer, and Tom Campbell for the opportunity to face Democrat incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

While Fiorina and DeVore have taken the Pledge never to raise their constituents’ taxes, Campbell has flat out refused to make such a stand. While still claiming to be a fiscal conservative, Tom Campbell has supported a number of tax hikes over the last several years as both a gubernatorial candidate and Senate candidate. Primary voters should take that into consideration as they vote on June 8th.

Check out Carly’s explanation of why she signed the Taxpayer Protection below:

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Do You Know Which Candidates Have Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 17th, 2010, 5:16 PM PERMALINK


Tomorrow, primary voters in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania are heading to the polls to pick their respective candidates for November. Americans for Tax Reform would like to urge these voters to give special consideration to candidates that have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which 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.” These candidates have made a solemn promise to protect your family budget over the ever-expanding coffers of the federal government.

The following candidates have signed the Pledge in:

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Pittsburgh TV Station Pulls DCCC's False Attack Ad on Burns


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, May 14th, 2010, 3:35 PM PERMALINK


The American Spectator blog and RedState recently reported that WPGH-TV, the Pittsburgh affiliate of Sinclair Broadcasting, just suspended the DCCC’s latest attack ad against Tim Burns that falsely claims he supports a national 23% sales tax and shipping jobs overseas.

The DCCC and Mark Critz have repeatedly tried to misrepresent Burns’ position on taxes. Burns signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge early on in his campaign, which commits the 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.” Critz has yet to make any such promise to the voters of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. In fact, Critz was asked bluntly during a recent debate whether he would raise taxes and his response left the door wide open for tax hikes. Watch the YouTube video here.

Kent Gates, a Burns campaign spokesman, remarked on the decision to pull the ad:

Mark Critz and his Pelosi backed attack machine have been lying about Tim Burns’ positions throughout this campaign. The non-partisan FactCheck.org has already called Critz’s smears ‘false’ and now they are caught again falsely claiming Tim Burns supports a 23% national sales tax. Mark Critz even apologized at one point for these lies. So if he really is sorry, Critz should stop the smears and call on his Washington based backers to do the same.

Last month, the DCCC tried to make similar claims against HI-01 candidate Charles Djou. FactCheck.org came out so strongly against these ads that they wrote, “For Democrats, misrepresenting an opponent’s anti-tax position as an anti-jobs position is getting to be a bad habit.”

I think that explains just how desperate they are to run away from their record on the economy. 

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