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Texas Democrat Party Makes Absurd Claim Against Republican Randy Weber


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, November 1st, 2012, 3:48 PM PERMALINK


The Texas Democrat Party’s most recent attack against Republican Randy Weber is both proven-false and absurd. A mailer being sent to voters in Texas’s 14th Congressional District recycles a line of attack made against Republicans in 2010 which was rated as “blatantly false” by numerous independent organizations.

The claim is made on the mailer's front and back pages, and suggests that Weber has pledged to “protect” tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas.” With the Texas Democrat party’s stamp of approval on the piece, it is clear that out of desperation lying is the only path left in attempting to defeat Weber.

When the same claim was levied against Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers in 2010, the Associated Press labeled the attack as “one of the wildest claims of the 2010 campaign.” Adding insult to injury, the non-partisan FactCheck.org rated the attacks against the Pledge as “blatantly false.”

 The Taxpayer Protection Pledge that Randy Weber signed reads as follows:

 I, Randy Weber, pledge to the taxpayers of the 14th District of the state of Texas, and to the American People that I will:

 ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing taxes.

As FactCheck.org has noted, “[The Pledge] leaves ample room for the elimination of any number of special tax breaks so long as the overall level of taxation is not increased. To claim that this ‘protects’ a particular provision is simply untrue.” The overall goal of Pledge signers is to reduce the size of the government by focusing on spending alone.

In 2010, another independent fact-checking organization weighed in. To the accusation that the Pledge “protects” companies who ship jobs overseas, Politifact noted that the claim about the Pledge included a “spurious connection” that requires a “huge leap of logic,” concluding that the DCCC’s claim was “False.”

The claim is not new in this competitive Congressional race. Weber’s Democrat opponent, Nick Lampson used the same claim in a television ad his campaign paid for last month.

As a result of the false attacks, Texas’s 14th District is part of Americans for Tax Reform’s targeted multi-million dollar campaign. We have sent direct mail and are currently running online ads to combat the false-claims. Additionally, in the coming days we will be running live calls to voters to inform them that the Democrat claims are false.

“The Texas Democrat Party should be ashamed. Recycling a proven-false narrative about Randy Webber’s personal written commitment to Texans to oppose higher taxes is not only sadly dishonest but indicative of panic,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is the same idiotic claim that Democrat Nick Lampson put in a TV ad last month. The Party’s use of the claim demonstrates coordinated stupidity. Then again, telling the truth about their plan for higher taxes and more government spending probably didn’t poll very well,” continued Norquist.

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Americans for Tax Reform's 2012 Ads in California's 52nd Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, 3:42 PM PERMALINK


The ads are part of Americans for Tax Reform's $1.4 million investment in the district.

The first ad is entitled “Wrong Prescription." It begins by explaining that Democrat Scott Peters supports Obamacare, which includes over $700 billion in Medicare cuts nation-wide. Seniors can thank Democrats like Peters for $60 billion in cuts to the program in California alone.

The second ad highlights Scott Peters' record of extreme mismanagement and reckless decisions. Peters used his City Council vote to underfund the city pension system and to reward a city contract to a company that his wife was invested in. The ad is titled "Typical Selfish Politician."

The ads will run through Election Day.

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Americans for Tax Reform's 2012 Ads in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, 3:28 PM PERMALINK


The ads are part of Americans for Tax Reform's $1.3 million investment in the district.

The first ad is entitled “Wrong Prescription.”  It begins by explaining that Democrat Sal Pace supports Obamacare, which includes over $700 billion in Medicare cuts nation-wide. Seniors can thank Democrats like Pace for $6.6 billion in cuts to the program in Colorado alone.

When ATR announced our ad buy in the district, Pace seemed perplexed as to why we were targeting him. Our second ad explains that we have at least 25 reasons and is entitled "Napkin."

The ads will run up through Election Day.

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Americans for Tax Reform's 2012 Ads in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, 3:19 PM PERMALINK


The ads are part of Americans for Tax Reform's $321,400 investment in the district.

Although Ben Chander signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to oppose higher taxes, he has broken his written commitment to the taxpayers of Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.

The first television ad: "Bankrupt"

The second ad: "Skyrocket"

 

The ads will run through Election Day.

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Americans for Tax Reform's 2012 Ads in Georgia's 12th Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Monday, October 22nd, 2012, 4:09 PM PERMALINK


The ads are part of Americans for Tax Reform's $840,000 investment in the district.

After a barrage of proven-false attack ads from the Democrat Super PAC Center Forward and other John Barrow allies, ATR began airing its first ad in the district, entitled "Simple Promise."

The second ad, entitled “Wrong Prescription,” targets Democrat John Barrow for his refusal to preserve and protect Medicare.

When John Barrow asked ATR why we got involved in the race, we provided the top four reasons. No word on whether the Barrow campaign is satisfied.

The third ad, entitled "B" tells Georgia voters to say Bye Bye to John Barrow.

The fourth ad airing in the district asks if in fact John Barrow's "support for President Obama is beside the point." The only way to stay safe from Barrow's bad policies are to vote against him.

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Americans for Tax Reform's 2012 Ads in Ohio's 6th Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Monday, October 22nd, 2012, 3:32 PM PERMALINK


Both ads are part of Americans for Tax Reform's $2.1 million investment in the district.

First television ad: "Boxer"

Second television ad: "Control"

Third television ad: "Tax Raising Politician"

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Americans for Tax Reform Announces $318,560 Ad Buy in KY-06


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, October 19th, 2012, 5:39 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform is investing $318,560 for television ads in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District race. Democrat incumbent Ben Chandler faces a 2010 rematch with Republican Andy Barr.

The ad began airing October 18th and will run through Election Day in the Lexington media market, which covers the 6th District.

The ad is entitled “Bankrupt” and can be seen below:

It explains that instead of fighting for Kentucky taxpayers, Democrat Ben Chandler broke his personal commitment to oppose higher taxes and voted for President Obama’s energy tax hike scheme.

The energy tax could have cost Kentucky 35,000 jobs and driven up energy costs by $1,000 per year.

Although Ben Chandler initially signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to oppose higher taxes, he has broken that commitment to Kentucky taxpayers numerous times. 

“Ben Chandler made a written promise to Kentucky taxpayers to oppose higher taxes that he never had any intention of keeping. He’s the kind of guy who says things to get elected and cannot be trusted by taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “If voters want a Congressman who breaks his promises by joining the ranks of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and President Obama on higher energy taxes, Ben Chandler is their guy. If, however, voters are concerned about Washington’s tax and spend agenda, Chandler cannot be trusted back in the nation’s capital.”

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Americans for Tax Reform Responds to John Barrow's Lack of Leadership in GA-12


Posted by Paul Blair on Monday, October 15th, 2012, 4:31 PM PERMALINK


On Friday, Americans for Tax Reform announced plans for a half million dollar ad buy in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. Vying for the seat are Democrat incumbent John Barrow and Republican Lee Anderson. As a result of the ads, the Barrow campaign seems perplexed as to why Americans for Tax Reform got involved in the race. Here are the top four reasons:

  1. Republican Lee Anderson is the only candidate in the race to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Georgia voters. John Barrow refuses to make that same promise to oppose all net tax hikes in Washington. Barrow’s Democratic allies in Washington propose tax hikes on a daily basis, which is reason enough to have concerns for his re-election in November.
  2. Democrat John Barrow refused to denounce a proven-false ad in the district. When the Democrat Super PAC Center Forward aired more than $300,000 in false television ads attacking Lee Anderson for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Georgia taxpayers, Barrow remained silent. Both the Georgia Republican Party and Americans for Tax Reform urged him to take action but instead, he stood silent as his allies did the bidding for him.
  3. Tax and spend liberal Democrats count on John Barrow’s vote in Washington. Barrow voted for San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Barrow voted for the failed $700 billion stimulus. Barrow voted against repealing Obamacare. Barrow cannot escape his party’s failed record even if he refuses to get truthful about his allegiance to the Democrat party.
  4. John Barrow is not being truthful about his support for $700 billion in Medicare cuts. When given the opportunity to repeal Obamacare, John Barrow voted no. He voted to hit the middle class with a tax hike and keep the $716 billion in Medicare cuts in place. The Medicare cuts Barrow voted for amount to more than $1 billion in Georgia’s 12th District alone.

 

Americans for Tax Reform will be running two ads in the district. The first responds to Center Forward’s proven-false ad attacking Lee Anderson for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and can be seen here:

The second ad, entitled “Wrong Prescription,” targets John Barrow for his refusal to preserve and protect Medicare. It can be seen here:

“John Barrow had more than enough time to denounce the proven-false claims being made against Lee Anderson on his behalf. Instead, he sat idly by as Democrat allies lied for him,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Perhaps even worse is this idea that Barrow is not someone who tax and spend liberals in Washington count on. From the failed stimulus to the refusal to vote in favor of repealing Obamacare, Barrow has voted against the interests of Georgia for too long.”

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ATR Announces Additional $840,000 Ad Buy in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, October 12th, 2012, 6:14 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform is investing an additional $840,000 for an ad against incumbent Democrat Mark Critz in his bid for re-election in the 12th Congressional District.  Rep. Critz faces a challenge from Republican Keith Rothfus.

The ad is entitled "Wrong Prescription." It begins by explaining that Democrat Mark Critz voted against repealing Obamacare, which includes over $700 billion in Medicare cuts nation-wide. Seniors can thank Critz for $1.8 billion in cuts to the program from PA-12 alone.

The ad will air through Election Day on all major cable channels in the district.

In the district, only Keith Rothfus has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Pennsylvania voters to oppose higher taxes. Congressman Critz has refused to sign the Pledge, leaving the door open to higher taxes.

“Mark Critz certainly is the wrong prescription for Pennsylvania taxpayers. That’s because Washington doesn’t need more politicians who think higher taxes are a good idea,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Democrats should get real with taxpayers and seniors specifically about their plan to pay for even more overspending with cuts to Medicare that do nothing to shore up the program.”

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ATR Announces 1.3 Million Dollar Ad Buy in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, October 12th, 2012, 6:10 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform is investing $1.3 million for television ads in Colorado’s competitive 3rd Congressional District. Democrat Sal Pace is challenging Republican Scott Tipton for the Western Slope seat.

The ad is entitled “Wrong Prescription.”  It begins by explaining that Democrat Sal Pace supports Obamacare, which includes over $700 billion in Medicare cuts nation-wide. Seniors can thank Democrats like Pace for $6.6 billion in cuts to the program in Colorado alone.

The ad will air Saturday, October 13th and will run for two weeks on all major cable channels.

In the district, only Congressman Scott Tipton has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Colorado voters to oppose higher taxes. Sal Pace has refused to sign the Pledge, leaving the door open to higher taxes.

“Sal Pace certainly is the wrong prescription for Colorado taxpayers. That’s because Washington doesn’t need more politicians who think higher taxes are a good idea,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Democrats should get real with taxpayers and seniors specifically about their plan to pay for even more overspending with cuts to Medicare that do nothing to shore up the program.”

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