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Americans for Tax Reform Announces $756,000 Ad Buy in NY-18


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, October 12th, 2012, 6:04 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform is investing $756,000 for television ads in New York’s competitive race for the 18th Congressional District. Democrat Sean Maloney is challenging Republican Nan Hayworth in the Hudson Valley district.

The ad will begin airing on Saturday, October 13th and will run for two weeks on all major cable and network television channels in the district.

The ad begins by explaining that Democrat Sean Maloney is a tax-raising politician who supports raising taxes on small businesses. Maloney’s support for allowing tax rates to automatically expire on more than one million small businesses could result in 700,000 lost jobs nation-wide.

In the district, only Congresswoman Nan Hayworth has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to New York voters to oppose higher taxes. Sean Maloney has refused to sign the Pledge, leaving the door open to higher taxes.

“Sean Maloney’s plan for higher taxes should concern voters in New York’s 18th District. It is a job killing agenda that will prevent genuine economic recovery,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Maloney’s Manhattan mentality of forcing taxpayers to fork over more of their hard earned money ignores a basic fact: Washington does not have a revenue problem, it has an overspending problem. The Maloney tax and spend agenda is simply out of touch.”

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ATR Announces Half Million Dollar Ad Buy in GA-12


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, October 12th, 2012, 5:56 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform has reserved $496,000 in air time for television ads in Georgia’s competitive 12th Congressional District race. After a barrage of proven-false attack ads from the Democrat Super PAC Center Forward and other John Barrow allies, ATR is fighting back for Republican Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Lee Anderson.

ATR has reserved air time in the Augusta-Aiken, Macon, and Savannah media markets for television ads to begin airing on Monday, October 15th. The first ad responds to Center Forward’s ad. It explains that the Taxpayer Protection Pledge “is a simple Pledge, to not raise your taxes.” It is a Pledge that Anderson has made to the taxpayers of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. 

In addition to $496,000 in television ads, ATR has spent $17,500 on a targeted direct mail campaign. The campaign will highlight the fact that Anderson has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising Georgians that he will oppose any effort to raise taxes. It will also highlight Democrats’ reckless behavior in Congress over the last couple of years.

The Center Forward attack ad contains recycled claims made against Pledge signers in 2010, suggesting that Pledge signers promise to “protect” tax breaks for “companies that ship out American jobs.” 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 Lee Anderson signed reads as follows:

I, Lee Anderson, pledge to the taxpayers of the 12th District of the state of Georgia, 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.

When the DCCC said the exact same thing against Republicans 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.”

As a result, Americans for Tax Reform is defending Anderson from the barrage of false claims in his bid for Congress in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.

“Democrats seem to lack the kind of negative attack ad creativity we have come to expect from their organizations over the past couple of election cycles,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Recycling a proven-false claim against Pledge signers is perhaps the best they’ve got as an alternative to explaining their plan for an economic recovery: higher taxes and more government spending.

Lee Anderson has made a simple promise to Georgia voters. He has promised them that when he gets to Washington, he will not raise their taxes. Voters would do well to protect their pocketbooks by voting for Lee Anderson, the only Pledge signer in the race,” continued Norquist.

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ATR Announces 1.6 Million Dollar Ad Buy in California's 52nd Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, October 12th, 2012, 5:47 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform is investing $1.6 million for television ads in California’s competitive 52nd Congressional District. Democrat Scott Peters is challenging Republican Brian Bilbray for the Coastal San Diego seat.

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

In the district, only Congressman Brian Bilbray has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to California voters to oppose higher taxes. Scott Peters has refused to sign the Pledge, leaving the door open to higher taxes.

“Scott Peters certainly is the wrong prescription for California 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 1.7 Million Dollar Ad Buy in Ohio's 6th Congressional District


Posted by Paul Blair on Friday, October 12th, 2012, 5:43 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform is investing $1.7 million for television ads in Ohio’s competitive race for the 6th Congressional District. Former Democrat Congressman Charlie Wilson is challenging Republican Bill Johnson in the Ohio River Valley district.

 

The ad is entitled “Boxer." It highlights Wilson’s time in Congress, defined by a vote for the $700 billion bailout, trillion dollar stimulus, Obamacare and an additional $5 trillion added to the national debt.

The ad will begin airing on Saturday, October 13th and run for two weeks on all major cable television channels in the district.

In the district, only Congressman Bill Johnson has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Ohio voters to oppose higher taxes. Charlie Wilson has refused to sign the Pledge, leaving the door open to higher taxes.

“Charlie Wilson had more than enough time in Washington to demonstrate that he understood the concerns of Ohio Voters. Unfortunately, he supported plans to raise taxes, balloon the debt, and increase spending by trillions,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “A man’s record is important and voters should pay close attention to Wilson’s. Voters shouldn’t give Wilson another chance to recklessly spend more of their hard earned money.”

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Americans for Tax Reform Announces $500,000 Campaign in PA-12


Posted by Paul Blair on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, 3:29 PM PERMALINK


Americans for Tax Reform is investing $495,000 into a targeted campaign in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District in defense of Republican Keith Rothfus. After a barrage of proven-false negative attack ads from the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee and their allies, ATR is fighting back on behalf of Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer Keith Rothfus.

ATR has reserved $385,000 in air time for a television ad in the Pittsburgh and Johnstown media markets.

The ad explains that the Taxpayer Protection Pledge “is a simple Pledge, to not raise your taxes.” It is a Pledge that Rothfus has made to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. 

The ad will air on all major network and cable television channels for 16 days beginning today.

In addition to reserved airtime, ATR will be investing nearly $110,000 in a targeted direct mail campaign, live phone calls, and online ads. The campaign will highlight the fact that Rothfus has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising Pennsylvanians that he will oppose any effort to raise taxes.

The DCCC and SEIU have run two specific ads over the past month targeting Rothfus for signing the Pledge. The attack ads contain recycled claims made against Pledge signers in 2010, suggesting that Pledge signers promise to “protect” tax breaks for “companies that ship jobs overseas.” 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 Keith Rothfus signed reads as follows:

I, Keith Rothfus, pledge to the taxpayers of the 12th District of the state of Pennsylvania, 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.

When the DCCC said the exact same thing against Republicans 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.”

As a result, Americans for Tax Reform has made its first television ad buy to defend Rothfus from the barrage of false claims in his bid for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.

“Democrats seem to lack the kind of negative attack ad creativity we have come to expect from their organizations over the past couple of election cycles,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Recycling a proven-false claim against Pledge signers is perhaps the best they’ve got as an alternative to explaining their plan for an economic recovery: higher taxes and more government spending.

Keith Rothfus has made a simple promise to Pennsylvania voters. He has promised them that when he gets to Washington, he will not raise their taxes. Voters would do well to protect their pocketbooks by voting for Keith Rothfus, the only Pledge signer in the race,” continued Norquist.

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New Angus King Ad Lies About Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Paul Blair on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, 2:28 PM PERMALINK


U.S. Senate candidate Angus King has a new television ad airing in Maine where he attacks his Republican opponent Charlie Summers for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. In the ad, King recycles a disingenuous attack against the Pledge. King’s recent decline in the polls may account for his new stance on going negative.

In the ad, which can be seen here, Angus King claims, “Charlie signed a no-taxes-ever pledge that will make it impossible to solve the deficit.”

As Roll Call pointed out, King is referencing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a promise made to Maine taxpayers to oppose higher net taxes. Had King read the Pledge, he would know that as a signer, Charlie Summers has promised to oppose net tax hikes. To claim that such a stance makes it impossible to solve the deficit is simply untrue.  

Pledge signers take tax hikes off the table so that they can you focus on Washington’s real problem: overspending. Congress absolutely can solve the deficit without raising taxes. They can do it by cutting spending and implementing pro-growth policies that do not punish job creators with higher taxes.

King goes on to note that he wants “to bring common sense to the budget.” As Americans for Tax Reform has pointed out, what King means by “common sense” is higher taxes. As a supporter of the Simpson-Bowles tax hike plan, King supports trillions of dollars in higher taxes. That isn’t what many Mainers would call a “new independent direction.”

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a promise to take higher taxes off the table so that you can come together and address Washington’s true problem: overspending,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “As a supporter of the multi-trillion dollar Simpson-Bowles tax hike plan, Angus King should start telling the truth about the kind of ‘direction’ he’s going to bring to Washington. At the end of the day, when it comes to taxes, King stands with national Democrats like Harry Reid and President Obama.”

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In US Senate Debate, Tim Kaine Tells "47 Percent" To Pay Up


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, September 20th, 2012, 3:25 PM PERMALINK


In a Virginia US Senate debate, moderated by David Gregory of NBC News, Democrat nominee and former Governor Tim Kaine echoed sentiments he attempted to legislate as Virginia’s Governor, that people don’t pay enough taxes. As Governor, he proposed nearly $4 billion in higher taxes.

During the debate, David Gregory asked Tim Kaine about his thoughts on making the so-called “47 percent” pay more in federal taxes. A clip for the questions and answers can be seen here.

Gregory: “Do you believe everyone in Virginia should pay something in federal income taxes?”

Kaine: “Everyone pays taxes.”

Gregory: “But federal income taxes?”

Kaine: “I would be open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax level for everyone.”

This may come as no surprise to those who remember Kaine’s annual plea with the Virginia General Assembly that they raise taxes and fees by billions of dollars.

“Governor Kaine is notorious for asking Virginians to pay more in taxes and fees. His annual pleas with the General Assembly should give Virginians even more evidence about the kind of proposals Kaine will support if he is their next Senator,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “Waging a ‘who pays what’ minimum tax war on the 47 percent is not a viable solution to getting Washington’s fiscal house in order.”

“To declare that you would support a minimum level of federal taxation is to admit that you not only intend on eliminating many tax credits and deductions, but that you support raising taxes on millions of low and middle class Americans,” continued Norquist.

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Maine US Senate Candidate Angus King Supports $5 Trillion Tax Hike


Posted by Paul Blair on Thursday, September 20th, 2012, 12:47 PM PERMALINK


Democrat co-chairman for President Obama’s debt commission Erskine Bowles recently campaigned in Portland on behalf of Independent U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Angus King.  Although King has campaigned as a middle-of-the-road candidate, by supporting the plan put forward by Bowles, also known as the Simpson-Bowles Plan, King officially supports a $5 trillion tax hike.

According to the Simpson-Bowles co-chair report, the revenue target of their proposal is to “cap revenue at or below 21 percent of GDP.” This figure is significantly higher than the historical tax revenue burden of around 18.5 percent of GDP.

If the Simpson-Bowles tax revenue target was in place for ten years, it would raise $5 trillion in additional revenue, or taxes, paid by American taxpayers and businesses.

Given the significant costs of this plan, King’s support for Simpson-Bowles should concern the sensibilities of hardworking Mainers. During the campaign event with Bowles, King noted, “Sometimes you’ve just got to step up and do the right thing and understand that people aren’t going to be happy about it.”

“Angus King is absolutely correct that people aren’t going to be happy about the Simpson-Bowles Plan and that’s because the plan is a $5 trillion tax increase,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “His support for the Simpson-Bowles Plan demonstrates that when it comes to taxes, King stands with Democrats like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.”

“When you raise taxes, you get lousy economic growth and you hurt any chance of a legitimate economic recovery. Now is not the time to concede defeat on the fight of our lifetime, the fight to rein in the oversized federal government that spends and taxes too much,” continued Norquist.

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Americans for Tax Reform Calls on Rep. McNerney to Denounce DCCC's False Claims in CA-09


Posted by Paul Blair on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012, 2:36 PM PERMALINK


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just released a series of attacks against Ricky Gill in his bid to defeat incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney. Lying about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge isn’t a new tactic for the DCCC, nor is ignoring the fact that independent organizations have called them out on their fallacious claims. Americans for Tax Reform calls on McNerney to denounce the DCCC’s false claims.

The attacks suggest that as a Pledge signer, Ricky Gill has signed a pledge to “protect special tax breaks for corporations that send American jobs overseas.” Unfortunately, when the same claim was levied against 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.”

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.

When the DCCC said the exact same thing against Republicans 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.”

Despite the fact that the DCCC has pledged financial support for Jerry McNerney’s reelection, Rep. McNerney should denounce this proven false claim so that both he and Gill can focus on what California voters care most about: curbing rising gas prices, unsustainable government spending, and the looming tax hikes that take effect on January 1st of next year.

“I applaud Ricky Gill for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Taxpayers in California are fed up with tax-and-spend policies that are bankrupting cities and scaring businesses out of the state, policies that the DCCC champions,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The most recent false claims by this group further demonstrates the difficult time national Democrats are going to have defending the Democrat ‘plan’ for economic recovery: higher taxes and more government spending,” continued Norquist.

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Democratic Super PAC Releases Ad with Lies About Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Georgia


Posted by Paul Blair on Monday, September 10th, 2012, 3:38 PM PERMALINK


Center Forward, a Democratic super PAC, began airing ads attacking Republican Lee Anderson in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. The ad targets Anderson for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Georgia taxpayers. According to independent organizations, the claim levied in the ad is both misleading and false.

The ad suggests that as a Pledge signer, Lee Anderson has pledged to keep “tax breaks for companies that ship out American jobs.” Unfortunately, when the same claim was levied against 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.”

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.

Despite the fact that Center Forward has pledged over $350,000 to Barrow’s campaign this month, Rep. Barrow should denounce this proven false claim so that both he and Anderson can focus on what Georgia voters care most about: curbing rising gas prices, unsustainable government spending, and the looming tax hikes that take effect on January 1st of next year.

“I applaud Lee Anderson for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Taxpayers in Georgia have clearly shown their displeasure with tax-and-spend policies coming out of Washington, policies that national Democratic organizations champion,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The most recent false claims by this group further demonstrates the difficult time national Democrats are going to have defending the Democrat ‘plan’ for economic recovery: higher taxes and more government spending,” continued Norquist.

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