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CT-04 Candidate Rob Merkle Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, September 21st, 2009, 4:40 PM PERMALINK

Finance industry expert Rob Merkle becomes the first Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer in the race for Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District. Democrat Rep. Jim Himes defeated former Rep. Chris Shays in 2008 to flip the seat from Republican to Democrat; eliminating the last GOP member from New England.  Prior to his defeat, Shays was a 10-term incumbent who had won his last two elections with over 51% of the vote in 2004 and 2006.

Cook Political Report ranks this race "Likely D" with a PVI of D +5 while CQ Politics ranks it as a "Leans Democrat."
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Rob Merkle signing the Pledge, click read more.
 
Rob Merkle (R-Conn.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rob Merkle, a Republican running in Connecticut’s 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, Rob Merkle demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Connecticut’s 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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Randy Altschuler Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Monday, September 21st, 2009, 10:16 AM PERMALINK

Businessman Randy Altschuler recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race against Rep. Tim Bishop. Bishop represents the taxpayers of New York’s First Congressional District. According to Politics1, Altschuler is currently the only Republican in the race.

The Cook Political Report rates NY-01 as having a PVI of EVEN. To see additional comments on the race, check out ATR’s press release on Altschuler signing the Pledge below the fold.
 
Randy Altschuler (R-N.Y.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Randy Altschuler, a Republican running in New York’s 1st 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, Randy Altschuler demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of New York’s 1st 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 the release, click here.

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Tim Walberg: First Candidate to Sign Taxpayer Protection Pledge in MI-07 Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, August 14th, 2009, 11:30 AM PERMALINK

Tim Walberg became the first candidate to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Michigan’s seventh Congressional District race. Walberg is seeking a rematch against current Congressman Mark Schauer. Schauer defeated Walberg in 2008 by two percentage points.

While President Obama won this district by six percentage points in 2008, former President Bush took this district in 2004 (54%) and 2000 (51%). Cook Political Report gives this district a PVI of R+2 with a rating of “Leans D.”
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Walberg signing the Pledge, click “read more.” 
Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tim Walberg, 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, Tim Walberg 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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Doug Hoffman Signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in Special Election Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009, 11:30 AM PERMALINK

Recently, Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his race to replace retiring Congressman John McHugh of New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Rep. John McHugh resigned from office to become Secretary of the Army in the Obama Administration. Currently, Hoffman is the only candidate to sign the Pledge in this race. ATR strongly encourages all candidates in this race to stand up for taxpayers and commit to protecting their wallets from the expanding size of government.

Hoffman faces two other candidates in this race including GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava and Democrat Bill Owens. Cook Political Report ranks this race as a “Toss Up” with a PVI of R+1 while CQ also sees this race as a “Toss Up.”  Rep. McHugh repeatedly won reelection with strong vote margins while President Obama took the district by 5 percent in 2008.
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Hoffman signing the Pledge, click read more.
 
Douglas Hoffman (R-N.Y.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Douglas Hoffman, a Republican running in New York’s 23rd 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, Douglas Hoffman demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of New York’s 23rd 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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Using Twitter for Advocacy and Marketing


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, July 31st, 2009, 6:19 PM PERMALINK

Alan Rosenblatt of Tech President shares his thoughts on why Twitter is so important to Advocacy and Marketing. For those new to Twitter, I recommend you read the whole post but here are some of the highlights: 

  • There are 26.5 million people on Twitter in the U.S. alone and among them are many of the influential people discussing your issue. If you’re not on Twitter, you’re missing out on the opportunity to engage them.
  • Twitter is essential for monitoring real-time reactions to your brand and issues.
  • Hashtags are how Twitter aggregates conversations and creates affinity groups. Hashtags get your tweets in front of new audiences, people who are not already following you.

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Steve Pearce: Looking Out for Taxpayers By Signing No Tax Pledge


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, July 31st, 2009, 1:31 PM PERMALINK

Taxpayers from New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional district should be elated to hear that former Congressman Steve Pearce recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge for his 2010 race against Rep. Harry Teague. After an unsuccessful 2008 U.S. Senate bid, former Congressman Steve Pearce is looking to win back his old seat. According to his campaign website, one of the many reasons that Pearce decided to run again was Teague’s “allegiance to the liberal leadership over the working families of New Mexico.” 

According to ATR’s Congressional Ratings, Pearce had a lifetime rating of 97% and received the “Hero of the Taxpayer” award five times during his first stint in Congress.
 
The NRCC recently named Pearce a member of their “Young Guns” program giving him the status of “on the radar.” This particular status means that he’s obtained a certain threshold among the various benchmarks set forth by committee. The requirements include things such as raising a predetermined amount of money, hiring a minimum number of staffer, etc.
 
Rep. Harry Teague defeated Rancher Ed Tinsley to win the seat in 2008, 56-44. Charlie Cook rates this race a “toss up” and gives this district a PVI of R+6. Prior to Teague’s victory, Pearce routinely won this district with over 56% of the vote.  
 
To see ATR’s official statement on Pearce signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Steve Pearce, a Republican running in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional seat, 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, Steve Pearce demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of New Mexico’s 2nd 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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Curtis Coleman Stands with Arkansas Taxpayers in his U.S. Senate Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009, 3:48 PM PERMALINK

In a crowded Republican primary field, Curtis Coleman has become the first individual to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The eventual winner will take on U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.).                                               

According to the Arkansas Times’ blog, Coleman said the taxpayer pledge is “necessary to protect Arkansas families from a growing tax burden being imposed by federal lawmakers. I’m proud to sign this important pledge as a sign of my commitment to restoring prosperity for all Arkansans.”
 
While generally considered a Red State (Senator McCain received close to 60% of the vote in 2008), Senator Lincoln defeated Republican Jim Holt by a 12 point margin, 56-44, in her 2004 reelection contest.
 
To see ATR’s press release on Coleman signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Curtis Coleman (R-Ark.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
U.S. Senate candidate promises to protect the family budget by signing “No New Tax” Pledge
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Curtis Coleman, a Republican considering a run for Arkansas’s U.S. Senate seat, 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, six Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge.
 
“American taxpayers need candidates that understand the financial issues facing the U.S. today,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
 
“By signing the Pledge, Curtis Coleman shows hardworking families that he understands that letting them keep more of their money is not only good for the family budget but good for the economy as well.”
 
“I strongly encourage every candidate for federal and state office to sign the Pledge,”
Norquist continued.

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Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Congressional Race


Posted by Adam Radman on Friday, July 24th, 2009, 1:00 PM PERMALINK

Councilman Charles Djou recently became the first candidate in Hawaii's First Congressional Distrct race to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Taxpayers in Hawaii should already be quite familiar with Djou and his pro-taxpayer stances as he previously signed the Pledge as a city councilman.

Djou is considered by many to be a highly touted prospect by the NRCC. They’ve already enlisted him in their Young Guns Program, where he is listed as an “On the Radar” candidate.
 
While Neil Abercrombie has been in office since 1991, Cook Political Report ranks this race as only “Likely D” with a PVI of D+11 and CQ Politics ranks the race as “Leans D.”
 
To see ATR’s official statement on signing the Pledge, click “read more.”
 
Charles Djou (R-Hawaii.) signs the Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressional candidate promises to protect taxpayers’ wallets
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Charles Djou, a Republican running in Hawaii’s 2nd 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, Charles Djou demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers in Hawaii’s 2nd 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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Taxpayer Protection Pledge Puts Democrat Signers at Odds with Their Caucus's Health Care Bill


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009, 4:31 PM PERMALINK

On Monday, The Hill published a piece on how the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is affecting some of its signatories in the context of the House Democrat Health Care Bill. Rep. Robert Andrews (NJ) and three other House Democrats have signed the Pledge including Reps. Ben Chandler (KY), Brad Ellsworth (IN), and Gene Taylor (MS).

Andrews signed the Pledge back in January of 1995, which commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses...”
 
The Hill reports that Rep. Andrews is trying to escape the promise he made to his constituents. Andrews claimed to have previously signed the Pledge but felt he should no longer be bound by it because Congress needs to impose new taxes to “raise money [to pay] for healthcare.” His constituents should know that in 2007 and 2008 Andrews repeatedly violated that promise by voting for H.R. 6, H.R. 2419, and H.R. 3996, and H.R. 2642. So this isn't the first time that he's felt the need to ignore his promise to taxpayers.
 
The Hill also contacted Rep. Chandler and Taylor for this story. While Rep. Chandler did not comment, Rep. Taylor cautiously came out against tax increases in the healthcare bill saying, “We can’t afford the promises that we have already made. Between the prescription drug benefit and the Medicare trust fund running out in the next seven years, I don’t think we need to make more promises until we can figure out how we are going to pay for the ones we have already made.”

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July 4th Tea Party Fact Sheet


Posted by Adam Radman on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009, 3:23 PM PERMALINK

As taxpayers gather in celebration of American Independence, ATR compiled a brief fact sheet on the federal government and the economy.

Number of employees at the IRS in FY 2010: Over 100,000 

Current IRS Budget: $11.4 billion

How many words does the IRS Code contain? The IRS Code is more than 3.4 million words

How many hours did individual taxpayers spend complying with income tax laws in 2009? Individual taxpayers alone spent an estimated 3.8 billion hours complying with various tax laws. This is up from 3.6 billion in 2008.

What is the origin of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? The IRS dates back to President Lincoln when he created the position of commissioner of the Internal Revenue and enacted an income tax during the Civil War. The income tax was repealed ten years later.

When was the U.S. Constitution amended to include the 16th Amendment? Wyoming ratified the 16th Amendment in 1913 providing the necessary majority of states to amend the Constitution. The first form 1040 appeared the same year.

When is the Cost of Government Day (COGD)? In 2001, Americans finished paying off their share of the total cost of government on July 5th. Due to bailouts, the Stimulus Package, and President Obama’s budget, Americans will finish paying off their share of the cost of government somewhere between August 9 and August 19th. To read more about COGD, visit ATR’s Center for Fiscal Accountability.
 
How much more has President Obama increased spending over other Presidents? The 40 year average for federal spending as a percentage of GDP is 20.7%. Looking at President Obama’s budget, federal spending will account for 28.7% of GDP this year.

Are there any new taxes in President Obama’s proposed budget? President Obama's Budget contains over $1 trillion in tax increases.

How much would President Obama’s Cap and Trade tax cost Americans? It would cost each American family up to $3,100 in new energy taxes a year.

How many members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge? How many U.S. Senators? 172 members of the U.S. House and 34 members of the U.S. Senate have signed the Pledge never to raise income taxes.

How many state legislators have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge? There are 1,113 Pledge signers on the state level. 

Hours between releasing final version of “stimulus” bill and its passage: 16
 
Hours between releasing final version of “cap-and-trade” bill and its passage: 17
 
Number of members of Congress who read the stimulus bill before voting for it: Zero.
 
Number of Members of the House who read the “cap-and-trade” bill before voting for it: Zero. 

Have Congressional leaders committed to providing taxpayers with more time to read the health care reform bill? Not according to Speaker Pelosi.

 

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