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Marlin Stutzman Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Indiana US Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 6:10 PM PERMALINK

Today, State Sen. Marlin Stutzman joined a growing list of candidates that have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge during the 2010 election cycle. Stutzman, also a Pledge signer on the state level, is looking to replace Sen. Evan Bayh who shocked politicos recently with his plans to retire.

Bayh looked to be a difficult candidate for any Republican challenger with $13 million in campaign cash and good polling numbers, but with his decision to retire the political landscape in Indiana changed dramatically. The open seat instantly became a major pickup opportunity for the GOP. Cook Political Report and CQ Politics now rate this race as “Lean Republican.” In fact, CPR said, “it is unlikely that they [Democrats] will be able to come up with a strong enough candidate to compete in a GOP-leaning state in the current political climate.”
 
Stutzman is currently the only candidate to have signed the “no new taxes” Pledge in the Indiana US Senate Race, but ATR continues to reach out to all campaigns.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Stutzman signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Senatorial candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
INDIANA, D.C. – Marlin Stutzman, a Republican running for the US Senate in Indiana, 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, Marlin Stutzman demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Indiana.”
 
“I challenge all candidates for federal office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” Norquist continued.

 

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Jim Waring (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK

Jim Waring (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Jim Waring, 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, Jim Waring 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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Bruce O'Donoghue Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Florida U.S. House Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, February 12th, 2010, 5:43 PM PERMALINK

Today, entrepreneur Bruce O’Donoghue signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid to challenge incumbent Rep. Alan Grayson (D) in Florida’s Eighth Congressional District. O’Donoghue joins 2008 candidate Todd Long and State Rep. Kurt Kelly as the only other Pledge signer in the Republican primary. According to Politics 1, there are 8 other candidates currently seeking the GOP nomination. These candidates have yet to sign the Pledge. ATR continues to reach out to these candidates and hopes to hear from them shortly.

Both Cook Political Report and CQ Politics rank this race as a “Toss Up.” Grayson defeated former four term Republican Congressman Ric Keller in 2008 with 52% of the vote.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on O’Donoghue signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Bruce O’Donoghue (R-Fla.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bruce O’Donoghue, a Republican running in Florida’s 8th 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, Bruce O’Donoghue demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Florida’s 8th 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.

 

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Kurt Kelly Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Florida Congressional Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, February 12th, 2010, 12:07 PM PERMALINK

State Rep. Kurt Kelly recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid to face off against incumbent Rep. Alan Grayson (D) in Florida’s Eighth Congressional District. Kelly joins 2008 candidate Todd Long as the only Pledge signer in the GOP primary field to date.

Cook Political Report ranks this race as a “Toss Up” with a PVI of R+2; making this the 212th- most Republican district in the country. Grayson is a first term Congressman who defeated Republican Ric Keller in 2008 with 52% of the vote. Previously, Keller had won reelection with 53% in 2006 and 60% in 2004. President Obama took this district in 2008 with 53% of the vote, but former President Bush received 55% in 2004.
 
Kelly joins the growing number of Pledge signers challenging vulnerable incumbents across the country.
 
To see ATR’s official announcement on Kelly signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Kurt Kelly (R-Fla.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kurt Kelly, a Republican running in Florida’s 8th 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, Kurt Kelly demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Florida’s 8th 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.
 
For a pdf version of this release, click here.

 

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David Schweikert Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Congressional Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 12:53 PM PERMALINK

Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert became the second candidate in the GOP primary in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The two other Pledge signers in the GOP primary are Businessmen Jim Ward and Eric Wnuck.

Schweikert is looking to faceoff against Rep. Harry Mitchell, who was elected in 2006 after defeating J.D. Hayworth. Cook Political Report ranks the seat as “Lean D” with a PVI of R+5. Additionally, Hayworth held the seat for more than a decade prior to Mitchell’s win.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Schweikert signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Schweikert, a Republican running in Arizona’s 5th 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, David Schweikert demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Arizona’s 5th 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.

 

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Ed Winkler (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK

Ed Winkler (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Ed Winkler, 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, Ed Winkler 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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Do You Know Which Candidates in Illinois Have Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, January 29th, 2010, 12:13 PM PERMALINK

With the Illinois primary on Feb. 2nd, Americans for Tax Reform would like to highlight the following candidates for taking a written promise never to raise their constituents' taxes. When considering which candidates to support on the federal level, ATR strongly encourages voters to consider those that have made such a promise to their constituents.

The following list highlights the federal Pledge signers:
 
Incumbents
Challengers
IL-10 Bill Cadigan (R)
 
 
 
IL-11 Dave White (R)
 
 
IL-14 Jeff Danklefsen (R)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taxpayer Hero Announces Run for Congress


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, January 18th, 2010, 6:00 PM PERMALINK

Yesterday, state Sen. Pamela Gorman signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the race to replace retiring Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District. Arizona taxpayers know her as a strong supporter of taxpayers’ rights as she signed the Pledge previously as a state legislator.

Cook Political Report rates this district as “Lean R” with a PVI of R+9. Rep. Shadegg won this district in 2008 with 54% of the vote.
 
To read ATR’s official statement on Gorman signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
 
Taxpayer Hero Announces Run for Congress
Sen. Pamela Gorman vies to continue Shadegg’s legacy of conservative leadership
 
Washington, D.C. – Arizona state Senator Pamela Gorman (R – District 6) announced today that she will seek to replace congressman John Shadegg in representing Arizona’s third congressional district. Shadegg, who has represented Arizona’s third House district since 1995, announced last week that he is retiring from congress.
 
Upon announcing her candidacy, Sen. Gorman became the first candidate to sign the federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to oppose tax increases on Capitol Hill.
 
“Sen. Pamela Gorman is a proven and courageous advocate for fiscally conservative principles and policies,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “In standing up against many in her own party and the media, Sen. Gorman was instrumental in preventing the imposition of a $3 billion, mid-recession, tax hike on all Arizonans.”
 
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.
 
“As a lawmaker who actually reads and understands the legislation she votes on, Gorman would be a refreshing addition to Congress. Not only has Gorman staved off family budget busting tax increases in the Grand Canyon State, she has championed legislation to streamline government and eliminate wasteful spending. Examination of Gorman’s record proves that she will continue Congressman Shadegg’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and conservative principles if elected and will stand strong against the agenda of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid,” added Norquist.

 

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Pamela Gorman (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Saturday, January 16th, 2010, 12:00 PM PERMALINK

Pamela Gorman (R-Ariz.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Pamela Gorman, 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, Pamela Gorman demonstrates that she 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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Californians: Do You Know Which Candidates Have Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge?


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, January 15th, 2010, 3:04 PM PERMALINK

Yesterday, Jon Fleischman of The Flash Report put California’s candidates for elected office on notice that they’ll be highlighting which candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Flesichman said, “It's that time of year when we highlight which Republicans running for statewide office, Congress, State Senate and Assembly have signed the Americans for Tax Reform No New Taxes Pledge. This is NOT about playing "gotcha" though, or catching that candidate who would have signed but hadn't thought about it… So this is actually a "last minute warning" alert …”
 
ATR encourages all taxpayers in California to ask their candidates and representatives if they have signed the Pledge, and if the answer is anything but yes, to find out which taxes they intend increase and report it to us. Taxpayers should know where their representatives stand on the issues before they vote for them.

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