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Richard Pombo Returns in California's 19th Congressional District


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, January 7th, 2010, 4:28 PM PERMALINK

Former Rep. Richard Pombo recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid to replace retiring Rep. George Randanovich in California’s 19th Congressional District. Taxpayers should be quite familiar with Rep. Pombo as he was named “Hero of the Taxpayer” ten times over his seven terms in office. He has a lifetime rating of 91% with ATR.

Cook Political Report (subscription needed) ranks this district as a “Solid R” district with a PVI of R+9; making this the 126th most Republican district in the country. Swing State Project reports that President Bush won the 19th district with at least 58% of the vote in 2000 and 2004. McCain garnered 52% of the vote in 2008.
 
Pombo is the first candidate in the 19th district to sign the Pledge.
 
To see ATR’ official statement on Pombo signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Richard Pombo(R-Calif.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Richard Pombo, a Republican running in California’s 19th 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, Richard Pombo demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in California’s 19th 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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Maria Rodriguez Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Illinois Congressional Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, January 4th, 2010, 3:00 PM PERMALINK

Today, Maria Rodriguez becomes the second candidate to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the Republican primary in Illinois’ 8th Congressional District.

While Rep. Melissa Bean won this district in 2008 with 60% of the vote, Cook Political Report rates this district with a PVI of R+1 (subscription needed). Additionally, President Bush won this district in 2004 and 2000 with 56% of the vote.

To see ATR’s official statement on Rodriguez signing the Pledge, click “read more.”

 
Maria Rodriguez (R-Ill.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maria Rodriguez, a Republican running in Illinois’ 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, 33 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, Maria Rodriguez demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Illinois’ 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.
 
Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.

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Every Democrat Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signer Has Broken His Pledge Now


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, December 21st, 2009, 4:50 PM PERMALINK

Last night’s cloture vote on the Obama-Reid Big Government Healthcare Bill brought an end to any discussion of fiscal conservative or “moderate” Democrats. Two so-called moderate Democrats Ben Nelson and Arlen Specter betrayed taxpayers by violating their Taxpayer Protection Pledges and voting along with 58 other Democrats in support of the healthcare bill. (For a comprehensive list of all the tax hikes in this bill, click here.)

They were the only remaining Democrat Pledge Signers not to have violated their Pledges on at least one occasion. House Democrats including Brad Ellsworth, Ben Chandler, Rob Andrews, and Gene Taylor have all violated their Pledges on multiple occasions.

This appears to be a trend among Congressional Democrats.

Click “read more” to see the list of Pledge violating votes for House Democrats.

 
House Democrat Pledge Signers
Members H.R. 6 (12-6-07) H.R. 6 (1-18-07) H.R. 2419 H.R. 3996 H.R. 2642 H.R. 3962
Rep. Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  Nay  Aye
Rep. Ben Chandler (KY-06)  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  Nay
Rep. Gene Taylor (MS-04)  Aye  Aye  Aye  Nay  Aye  Nay
Rep. Robert Andrews ( NJ-01)  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye  Aye
 

 

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Free Press Shows Its Extreme Side


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, December 18th, 2009, 12:15 PM PERMALINK

Today, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and Media Freedom Project (MFP) issued a statement condemning the decision by Free Press to reject even the mildest consensus of network management in any new FCC guidelines regarding Internet non-discrmination. Even moderate Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine has accepted a basic level of freedom for network owners.

Chris Butler, MFP’s Executive Director, said in the statement that “The only solution ultimately acceptable to the hard left like Free Press is the socialist, public-utility model. The disabling demands of Free Press will bring down the networks that constitute the Internet and they know it. Their goal is a complete government takeover and they know the way to achieve it; by destroying the present system.”
 
To read the two groups’ entire statement, click “read more."
 
Socialist Media Org. Shows Extremist Stripes
Free Press attacks even basic assumptions accepted by ‘net neutrality’ supporters like Sen. Snowe
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Free Press, a socialist media organization headed by Marxist Robert McChesney, former editor of the leading communist Monthly Review, has now even rejected a nascent baseline of consensus (including several champions of so-called “net neutrality”) admitting at least the requirement of basic technological functionality of network management in any new FCC guidelines for ensuring non-discrimination. McChesney’s group has continued to stake out a radical position in letters to the FCC, its latest on December 15.
 
Since the Obama FCC has taken root, Free Press has held sway in the Commission, with the socialist organization’s former communications director having moved over to the FCC’s employ. There are some small signals of a potential new reasonableness at the FCC, however, and the hard-left property abolitionists at Free Press have reacted with attempts to derail even the smallest potential for rapprochement.
 
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and its Media Freedom Project (MFP) have argued strongly against the government monitoring, regulating and administering scheme, ironically known as ‘net neutrality,’ which is the current primary goal of Free Press. The free market is the best force for allocating bandwidth and online goods and services argues ATR President Grover Norquist, just as it is for the allocation of pizzas and auto parts.
 
“The Internet and the online marketplace are a rare bright spot in the U.S. economy. Attempts by the left to force government regulation of the Internet under so-called net-neutrality would bring it to its knees. Along the way, Americans’ most fundamental freedoms would careen off the information superhighway and into a crevasse,” the taxpayer leader and free-market advocate said.
 
While ATR and the MFP have staked out a position of economic freedom for the Internet since the beginning, over the last weeks even erstwhile advocates of new regulation such as moderate Republican Olympia Snowe (Maine), have begun to accept a basic level of freedom for network owners to manage their own networks in order to provide for traffic flow. But McChesney’s Free Press is attacking any reasonable standard that permits sensible network management as completely unacceptable.
 
“The only solution ultimately acceptable to the hard left like Free Press is the socialist, public-utility model,” argued MFP Executive Director Christopher Butler. “The disabling demands of Free Press will bring down the networks that constitute the Internet and they know it. Their goal is a complete government takeover and they know the way to achieve it; by destroying the present system.”
 
MFP noted that Free Press’ Robert McChesney has stated “What we want…is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility,” and “we need to do whatever we can to limit capitalist propaganda…perhaps even eliminate it.” McChesney has noted that control of the Internet and other media is a prerequisite for total societal reorganization along Marxist/ socialist principles.
 
Click here to obtain a printable .pdf of the document. 

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Patricia Lightner Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for KS-03 Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 4:52 PM PERMALINK

Patricia Lightner, a candidate running in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Lightner is competing in the GOP Primary for the opportunity to succeed Democrat Congressman Dennis Moore, who recently announced he would be retiring in 2010.The Cook Political Report rates the seat as an R+3 on the PVI index, and has classified the contest as a “toss-up” in next year’s midterms.
                                                         
To see ATR's official statement on Lightner signing the Pledge, visit "read more."
 
Patricia Lightner (R-Kan.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Patricia Lightner, a Republican running in Kansas’ 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, 33 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, Patricia Lightner demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Kansas’ 3rd 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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Mike Pompeo Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his Kansas Congressional Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, December 17th, 2009, 2:39 PM PERMALINK

Mike Pompeo, a businessman and RNC Committeeman, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race to replace Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R) in Kansas’s Fourth Congressional District. Pompeo joins State Sen. Dick Kelsey and Jim Anderson as the only other signer in the race. Rep. Tiahrt is running to replace retiring Sen. Sam Brownback.
 
Cook Political Report (subscription needed) ranks this district as the 71st most Republican in the nation with a PVI of R+ 14. CQ Politics ranks this race as “Safe Republican.” It appears that whoever wins the primary is most likely the winner in the general election.
 
To see ATR”s official statement on Pompeo signing the Pledge, click “read more.” 
Michael Pompeo (R-Kan.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michael Pompeo, a Republican running in Kansas’ 4th 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, Michael Pompeo demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Kansas’ 4th 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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Ask Sen. Ben Nelson to Keep His Taxpayer Protection Pledge on Any Health Care Votes


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, December 14th, 2009, 10:06 AM PERMALINK

Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is the only Senator to have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a Democrat. The Pledge that he took to the people of Nebraska obliges him to oppose income tax increases. Yet, the government healthcare bill before the United States Senate contains billions of dollars in income tax hikes. Sen. Nelson cannot support this legislation and remain faithful to his sacred promise to the people of Nebraska. Sign the Petition below to send Sen.Ben Nelson a personal message urging him to keep his Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Senator Nelson will receive the following message from you and other petition signers:
 
Dear Senator Nelson:
 
You have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which obliges you to oppose any and all efforts to raise income taxes. The U.S. Senate is currently considering government healthcare legislation which contains billions of dollars in income tax hikes. 
 
I urge you to fulfill your Pledge. Vote "no" on any procedural votes and/or final passage on this anti-taxpayer legislation. Failure to do so would be a breach of trust with the people of Nebraska who elected you with the understanding you would not raise their taxes. I urge you to oppose any cloture motions or final passage votes on a government healthcare plan that includes tax hikes.
 
Sincerely,
[Your Name Will Be Listed Here with the Other Petition Signers]

Thank you for signing the Sen, Ben Nelson Healthcare Petition. Please consider taking additional action by contacting your Senator.

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Brian Rooney Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Congressional Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, November 20th, 2009, 2:40 PM PERMALINK

Recently, Brian Rooney became the second candidate in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Tim Walberg, Rooney’s opponent in the GOP primary and former Representative of MI-07, signed back in August.

Cook Political Report gives this district a PVI of R+2 and a rating of “Leans D.” Rep. Mark Schauer narrowly defeated Tim Walberg in 2008 by two percentage points. However, former President Bush did take this district in 2004 (54%) and 2000 (51%).
 
To see ATR’s official statement on the Rooney signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
  
Brian Rooney (R-Mich.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brian Rooney, a Republican running in Michigan’s 7th 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, Brian Rooney demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Michigan’s 7th 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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Carly Fiorina Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 2:38 PM PERMALINK

Yesterday, Carly Fiorina signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in her race for California’s U.S. Senate seat, which is currently occupied by Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer. Fiorina becomes the second candidate in the Republican primary to publicly promise to oppose any and all efforts to raise income taxes.

For those interested in Sen. Boxer’s congressional ratings with taxpayer advocacy groups, I compiled just a few examples.  In 2008, Boxer received ratings of 4% from ACU, 0% from CAGW, and 3% from NTU. Boxer has a lifetime rating of 5% with Americans for Tax Reform.

To see ATR’s official statement on Carly Fiorina signing the Pledge, click “read more.”

 
Carly Fiorina (R-Calif.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Senatorial candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Carly Fiorina, a Republican running for the US Senate in California, 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, Carly Fiorina demonstrates that she understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in California.”
 
“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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ATR Launches Petition to Sen. Nelson to Keep Tax Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, 12:01 PM PERMALINK

Today, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) continued its pressure on Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) by releasing an online petition asking him to oppose the Senate healthcare bill because it violates the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. 

The petition, found at www.nohealthcaretaxes.org, urges Sen. Nelson to be a “no” vote on any procedural votes and/or final passage votes on this anti-taxpayer piece of legislation. The petition also reminds him that a failure to do so would be a breach of trust between him and the people of Nebraska.
 
“Sen. Nelson has shown the courage of his convictions. He is alone among Senators to have taken the Pledge as a Democrat,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The pressure is building now to break that Pledge, however. Majority Leader Harry Reid is pressing his caucus to deliver a healthcare bill, and it appears more and more likely he will not have a single Republican to lend a ‘bipartisan’ label to the government healthcare bill. Sen. Nelson needs encouragement to know that he’s not standing alone in the face of this pressure.”
 
The petition follows up on ATR’s recent launch of a series of television ads encouraging the Senator to oppose the healthcare bill. The ads will run on both local and national news and commentary broadcast for three weeks, reflecting the significance of Sen. Nelson’s vote to prevent tax increases as part of the healthcare bill.
 
“It’s clear with Harry Reid’s decision to include the public option in any healthcare legislation going to the floor that every Democrat vote is required to pass cloture. Now is the time for Sen. Nelson to follow through on the promise he made to get elected and stand by the Taxpayers,” continued Norquist.

Click here for a PDF of this document

 

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