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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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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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