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Leigh-Ann Bellew Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013, 12:29 PM PERMALINK


Leigh-Ann Bellew has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her bid for New Jersey 13th State Senate seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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 office since 1987. To date, 1,037 state legislators and 14 Governors throughout the country have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Ms. Bellew for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The people of New Jersey have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Trenton. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Leigh-Ann Bellew demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers throughout New Jersey.”

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

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Shawn Pickston Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, March 15th, 2013, 11:31 AM PERMALINK


Shawn Pinkston has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Pinkston for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Shawn Pinkston demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Curtis Bostic Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, March 15th, 2013, 11:25 AM PERMALINK


Curtis Bostic has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Bostic for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Curtis Bostic demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Peter McCoy Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, March 15th, 2013, 11:17 AM PERMALINK


State Representative Peter McCoy has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. McCoy for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Peter McCoy demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Larry Grooms Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, March 15th, 2013, 11:15 AM PERMALINK


State Senator Larry Grooms has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional seat. The Pledge, sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, 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, 39 U.S. Senators and 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, fourteen governors and over 1,200 state legislators have signed the Pledge.

“I want to congratulate Mr. Grooms for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people have clearly shown their displeasure with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and get the economy going again,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“By signing the Pledge, Larry Grooms demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of South Carolina.”

“I challenge all candidates for South Carolina’s special election to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

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Update: Special Election in South Carolina's 1st District


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, March 15th, 2013, 11:00 AM PERMALINK


When South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint announced his resignation to become president of the Heritage Foundation, Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Rep. Tim Scott (SC-01) to fill the vacant seat. As a result, the 1st District seat is now up for grabs in a special election to be held on Tuesday May 7.

The crowded field officially includes sixteen Republicans, three Democrats, and two Green Party candidates. According to the Cook Political Report, the race rates as “Solid Republican.” The 1st District’s Partisan Voter Index is listed as “R+11.”

With the March 19th primaries approaching, ATR will release an official list of candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Keith Blandford, Curtis Bostic, Larry Grooms, Chip Limehouse, Peter McCoy, Andy Patrick, Shawn Pinkston, Mark Sanford, Teddy Turner, have provided their signatures, and others are expected to follow suit. When it comes time to vote, the people of South Carolina’s 1st District will know which candidates are committed to protecting them from higher taxes.

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D.C. Council Likes Picking Winners and Losers


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, 5:06 PM PERMALINK


The D.C. City Council recently rejected Donald Trump’s request seeking a possessory interest tax (PIT) exemption for the hotel and spa currently being built in the Old Post Office. The PIT is designed collect revenue from businesses that operate in tax exempt federal buildings. Trump’s organization requested such an exemption for the hotel and spa that is to be located a stone’s throw from both the White House and Capitol Hill.

“Members of the D.C. Council were not receptive to the idea of providing a tax break to one of the world’s most famous wealthy people, someone who claims to be worth $7 billion, despite their interest in adding high-end hospitality on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

The D.C. Council acts as though it was strange for Trump to seek a PIT exemption. Well, he would hardly be the first; the top developers at Union Station Development Corps requested and were also denied a similar tax exempt status for the shops at Union Station. The D.C. City Council should not be shocked by Trump’s request, as the District regularly hands outs tax exemptions to favored businesses.

Just last year the D.C. Council gave a $32.5 million tax break to LivingSocial because District officials deemed them to be fashionable and edgy. At least Trump’s venture will likely turn a profit, as opposed to Living Social, which lost $650 million last year.

The upshot: If you’re a company that the notoriously corrupt D.C. City Council deems “cool”, you get a tax break; everyone else is left to foot the bill.

 

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Americans for Tax Reform Releases 2012 List of Wyoming Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, November 2nd, 2012, 3:41 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the Wyoming general election taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative and state-wide office who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, November 6. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:


Challengers
Jim Allen (H-33)
Thomas Zachary (H-44)
Mark Baker (H-48)

 

 

 


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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Americans for Tax Reform Releases 2012 List of Wisconsin Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, November 2nd, 2012, 3:39 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the Wisconsin general election taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative and state-wide office who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, November 6. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:

Incumbents
Glenn Grothman (S-20)
Mary Lazich (S-28)
Tyler August (H-32)
Garey Bies (H-1)
Mark Honadel (H-21)
Andrew Jacque (H-2)
Chris Kapenga (H-33)
Joel Kleefisch (H-38)
Dale P. Kooyenga (H-14)
Bill Kramer (H-97)
Scott Krug (H-72)
Jim Ott (H-23)
Don Pridemore (H-22)
Roger L. Rivard (H-75)
Scott Suder (H-69)
Jeremy Thiesfeldt (H-52)
Robin J. Vos (H-63)
Evan B Wynn (H-43)


Challengers
Josh Young (H-3)
Rob Hutton (H-13)
David Stowlow (H-32)
Trish Schaefer (H-46)
Sandy Back (H-47)
Ben Olson III (H-50)
Nancy VanderMeer (H-70)
John Sendra (H-74)
David Vanderleest (H-90)
Bruce F. Evers (H-94)


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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Americans for Tax Reform Releases 2012 List of West Virginia Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers


Posted by Kyle Baccei on Friday, November 2nd, 2012, 3:38 PM PERMALINK


WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the West Virginia general election taking place Tuesday, Americans for Tax Reform has released an updated list of incumbents and challengers for state legislative and state-wide office who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. These candidates have made a written commitment to their constituents to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes. ATR strongly encourages taxpayers to consider those who have made this commitment when they vote on Tuesday, November 6. The list of incumbents and challengers who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will be on the ballot Tuesday is as follows:


Incumbents
Clark Barnes (S-11)
Kelli Sobonya (H-18)
Rupert Phillips (H-24)
Marty Gearheart (H-27)
Linda Sumner (H-30)
Doug Skaff (H-35)
Ronald N. Walters (H-39)
Tim Armstead (H-40)
Gary Howell (H-56)
Ruth Rowan (H-57)
Larry D. Kump (H-59)
John Overington (H-62)
Eric Householder (H-64)

Challengers
Randy Tomblin (H-19)
Ron Hedrick (H-29)
Roger Stacy (H-21)
Karen Arvon (H-31)


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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