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Nebraskans: Do You Know Who Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 10th, 2010, 5:31 PM PERMALINK


Today, ATR released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in Nebraska who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to never raise their taxes. ATR 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
NE-Sen Mike Johanns (R)
NE-Sen Ben Nelson (D)*
NE-01 Jeff Fortenberry (R)**
NE-02 Lee Terry (R)
NE-03 Adrian Smith (R)

 

State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers
Incumbents   Challengers
 Scott Price (L-3) Debra Bosshart (H-16)  
 Tony Fulton (20-L) John Lillis (H-12)  
   Richard Morthland (H-71)
  Tom Nesbitt (Treasurer)  
   Don Stenberg (Treasurer)

Notes:
* Senator Nelson recently violated his pledge by voting for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (12/24/09)

** Representative Fortenberry has violated his pledge by voting for H.R. 6 (1-18-07); H.R. 2419 (07/27/2007); and H.R. 2642 (05/18/2008)

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West Virginians: Do You Know Which Candidates Have Signed the Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, May 10th, 2010, 1:40 PM PERMALINK


Today, ATR released an updated list of incumbents and challengers in West Virginia 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
WV-02 Shelley Moore Capito (R) WV-01 David McKinley (R)
  WV-01 Mac Warner (R)
  WV-01 Sarah Minear (R)
  WV-01 Thomas Stark (R)
  WV-03 Lee A. Bias (R)
  WV-03 E.E. Maynard (R)
  WV-03 Conrad Lucas (R)

 

State Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers
Incumbents Challengers Challengers (cont)
Sam Argento (H-35) Cindy Frich (S-13) Kevin Patrick (H-44)
Tim Armstead (H-32) Jim Mullins (S-9) Rupert W. Phillips, Jr. (H-19)
Larry Border (H-9) Russell Snyder (S-12) Chris Walters (H-44)
Mitch B. Carmichael (H-12) Diana Bartley (H-41) Ronald N. Walters (H-32)
Allen V. Evans (H-48) Darrell Justin Black (H-14) Tommy Phillips (H-41)
Daniel J. Hall (H-22) Danny Hamrick (H-41) Kevin Poe (H-44)
Jonathan Miller (H-53) Brian Hicks (H-30) Jerry Reynolds (H-39)
John Overington (H-55)** Eric Householder (H-56) Dolph Santorine (H-3)
Thomas (Mike) Porter (H-25) Gary Howell (H-49) Rick Starn (H-43)
Ruth Rowan (H-50) Donny Jones (H-57) Chad Story (H-19)
John Shott (H-24) Fred Joseph (H-30) Blake Thompson (H-58)
Kelli Sobonya (H-16) Larry D. Kump (H-52)  
Linda Sumner (H-27) Tom Louisos (H-29)  
Ronald N. Walters (H-32)    
Larry A. Williams (H-45)    

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Tom Campbell is No Friend of Taxpayers


Posted by Adam Radman on Saturday, May 8th, 2010, 9:30 AM PERMALINK


Tom Campbell, US Senate candidate

California voters should be cautious of Tom Campbell and his claims of fiscal conservatism. Campbell has repeatedly refused to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for U.S. Senate. The Pledge is a simple tool that over 400 candidates this election cycle have signed promising never to raise their constituents’ income taxes. If over 400 candidates including Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, and the two gubernatorial candidates- Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner- can sign the Pledge, why can’t Campbell?

Well, the problem appears to be the following: Campbell wants to raise taxes. Look at his response to Fiorina’s criticism of his decision not to sign the Pledge, “The problem with the pledge is you don't know what the future is going to be.”

If he doesn’t have the resolve to find spending cuts in a three trillion dollar budget, then California voters should look elsewhere. Currently, the United States has an overspending problem in excess of one trillion dollars and has an unemployment rate of 9.9%. The situation is even graver in California, which has a 12.6% unemployment rate.

Voters will also find a number of questionable statements made or positions taken by Campbell over the last several years on taxes. During the recent state budget woes, Campbell suggested a 32 cents-per-gallon increase in the gas tax.  In addition, he agreed with Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Democrat-led legislature that passing a budget with $15 billion in tax hikes “was the right thing to do.” Campbell actively supported Prop 1A, which was rejected by nearly two-thirds of California voters.

Time and again, Campbell has been on the wrong side of the tax issue. Voters should be aware of his disappointing positions as they get ready to vote in the June 8th GOP primaries. There are a number of issues that should be of concern for primary voters. The 2001 and 2003 tax cuts are set to expire and Liberals seem intent on letting them. Furthermore, President Obama and Congress have done nothing to curb the explosive growth in government, but have in fact exacerbated the problem. Voters need a strong commitment, especially in this election cycle, from their candidates to vote against tax hikes and to curb spending. Sadly, Tom Campbell has yet to display the necessary resolve to be considered a friend of the taxpayer.

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Mark Critz Is Open to Tax Hikes


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, May 6th, 2010, 5:30 PM PERMALINK


Yesterday, Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Tim Burns debated former Murtha staffer Mark Critz in the lead up to the PA-12 special election on May 18. During the debate, both candidates were asked, "Will you promise on camera never to raise my taxes?" You can watch the video below, but the candidates' responses were quite clear. Burns pledged to never raise taxes while Critz left the door open to a number of tax hikes.

Grover Norquist had this to say about the candidates' responses:

Yesterday’s debate made the choice for taxpayers abundantly clear: if you want higher taxes and a continued recession vote for Mark Critz, but if you want pro-growth economic policies and lower taxes vote for Tim Burns,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “On the issue of taxes, the contrast between the two candidates could not be any greater.

To read the full ATR press release on the debate, click here. To see the debate question on taxes, watch the video below.

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Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK


Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Ben Quayle, 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, Ben Quayle 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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SC-01 Update: Paul Thurmond Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, 4:35 PM PERMALINK


Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race for South Carolina’s First Congressional District. Thurmond is looking to replace retiring Congressman Henry Brown, but must first get through a crowded GOP primary field that includes several other candidates and two other Pledge signers: Carroll Campbell and Stovall Witte.
 
Cook Political Report ranks SC-01 as a “Solid R” district with a PVI of R+ 10. Brown has won reelection over the last two election cycles with at least 52% of the vote. Former President Bush carried the district in 2000 with 59% of the vote, 61% in 2004, and Sen. John McCain took the district with 57% of the vote in 2008. The winner of the GOP primary will be the heavy favorite in November.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Thurmond signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
Paul Thurmond (R-S.C.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Paul Thurmond, a Republican running in South Carolina’s 1st 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 173 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, Paul Thurmond demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.
To obtain a printable pdf version, click here

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ATR on Flash Report on Feinstein's Regulatory Overkill Bill


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, April 19th, 2010, 12:11 PM PERMALINK


Taxpayers may have voiced their frustrations over taxation and government spending last week, but that is not preventing some lawmakers on Capitol Hill from actively pursuing efforts to grow the Nanny State. On today’s FlashReport.com, ATR’s Sandra Fabry discusses the latest push in that area, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) which if implemented would be yet another perfect example of regulatory overkill – the legislative push to ban Bisphenol A (BPA) from food and drink containers. From Fabry’s commentary:

Rumor has it that Sen. Feinstein’s bill may be offered as an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, possibly as early as this week.

You may ask: “What’s not to like?” After all, who would be opposed to banning “poisonous” additives? Well, here’s the rub. Not only is BPA of the most ubiquitously used chemicals that strengthens many plastic products, helps prevent food spoilage and contamination when used in food containers, and can withstand high heat enabling metal cans to tolerate temperatures necessary for sterilization purposes – it is also considered safe. While the bill title suggests otherwise, Bisphenol A has been found safe, not just once, but over and over again.

As recently as a few weeks ago, the FDA updated its policy on the substance deeming it once again safe as currently used. In fact, according to Josha Sharfstein, M.D., Chief Deputy Commissioner at the FDA, there is no reason to be concerned regarding the safety of the substance: “If we thought it [BPA] was unsafe, we would be taking strong regulatory action.”

Activist environmental groups have for decades pushed for a ban on the substance, basing their fear-mongering on flawed and poorly designed studies, the premises of which have been repudiated on numerous occasions.

Click here to read the full piece.

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FactCheck.org Agrees DCCC Ad Against Taxpayer Protection Pledge is Blatantly False


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


In a sign of desperation, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently launched an attack ad against HI-01 candidate Charles Djou for signing a “no new taxes” pledge otherwise known as the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

ATR responded by explaining how the DCCC deliberately misled voters in Hawaii about the true intentions of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and called the ad “blatantly false.”
 
FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, published their own review of the DCCC’s ad and agreed with ATR’s response. Brooks Jackson, director of Factcheck.org wrote
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… to characterize his [Charles Djou] opposition to raising taxes as protecting tax breaks that send jobs abroad is wrong. Any tax benefit can be eliminated and offset by a rate cut or by other benefits without raising taxes overall, and without violating the terms of that pledge. This attack ad is false.
 Perhaps the DCCC should have checked with the sponsor of the Pledge before airing such a factually incorrect ad?

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DCCC Attacks Charles Djou with False Claims about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, 2:00 PM PERMALINK


In a somewhat unsurprising move this morning, the DCCC launched a blatantly false TV ad against Charles Djou, Republican candidate for Hawaii’s First Congressional District, for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. They intentionally misrepresented the language of the Pledge and the meaning behind it.

If you were to believe the message from the TV ad, Charles Djou signed a pledge to some “special interest group” to “protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.”
 
In reality, Djou signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform. ATR’s goal is to prevent higher taxes for American taxpayers and the goal behind the Pledge is simple: make candidates and elected officials put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing. Candidates tend to talk a big game about never wanting to raise taxes. Why not simply ask them to put it in writing? A promise has more validity when put down for all to see. Djou has done just that and should be applauded for his decision.
 
Anyone that reads the language of the Pledge will recognize that a candidate or elected official makes the Pledge to his (or her) constituents promising 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 language of the Pledge hardly sounds like some evil plot by a candidate to protect big business over jobseekers. If that were the case, the DCCC should explain to voters why several current U.S. House and U.S. Senate Democrats, and numerous Democrats on the state level have already made the same commitment as Djou. The following Democrat members of Congress have signed the Pledge: Reps. Brad Ellsworth (IN-08), Rob Andrews (NJ-01), Gene Taylor (MS-04), Ben Chandler (KY-06) and Sens. Ben Nelson (NE) and Arlen Specter (PA). Interestingly, every single Democrat named has violated the Pledge on at least one occasion. Even more interesting is the fact that every House Democrat named has violated the Taxpayer Protection Pledge on multiple occasions.
 
With the billions of dollars in new taxes that ordinary Americans face with the government takeover of health care and at a time when the unemployment rate stands at 9.7%, attacking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is probably the last thing the DCCC should focus on. 

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Tea Partiers Are Mainstream


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, April 5th, 2010, 3:42 PM PERMALINK


Two very interesting polls released this morning appear to dispel the claims made by liberal media types that Tea Party activists are really rightwing extremists. Gallup finds that demographically members of the Tea Party movement represent the public at large: 

 
While on the policy front, Rasmussen finds the general public’s views to more closely resemble those of an average Tea Party member than the President’s on the important issues of the day. According to the survey, “On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.”
 
Additionally, last week Rasmussen found that 47% of voters felt closer to the views of Tea Party members than to Congress.
 
It appears the claims that Tea Party activists are extremists just don’t hold up.
 
Update: A poll released yesterday by the Winston Group found that 4 in 10 Tea Party members are Democrats or Independents. The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic. (H/T Brett)

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