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ATR Releases List of August 28th Primary Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers


Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Sunday, August 26th, 2018, 10:30 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform congratulates all candidates running for federal office in Arizona and Florida who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of the August 28th primaries. The "no new taxes" pledge is a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. 

 “I applaud these candidates for making this important commitment to taxpayers. Republican primary voters in Arizona and Florida can go to the polls confident that there are candidates committed to protecting taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The full lists of Pledge signers from in Arizona and Florida are as follows:

ARIZONA

Incumbents

  • John McCain (SEN)
  • Paul Gosar (AZ-04)
  • Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
  • David Schweikert (AZ-06)
  • Debbie Lesko (AZ-08)

 

Candidates

  • Kelli Ward (SEN)
  • Doug Marks (SEN)
  • Tiffany Shedd (AZ-01)
  • Steve Smith (AZ-01)
  • Wendy Rogers (AZ-01)
  • Sergio Arellano (AZ-03)
  • Dave Giles (AZ-09)

 

FLORIDA

Incumbents

  • Marco Rubio (SEN)
  • Matt Gaetz (FL-01)
  • Neal Dunn (FL-02)
  • John Rutherford (FL-04)
  • Ron DeSantis (FL-06)
  • Bill Posey (FL-08)
  • Daniel Webster (FL-11)
  • Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
  • Dennis Ross (FL-15)
  • Vern Buchanan (FL-16)
  • Tom Rooney (FL-17)
  • Brian Mast (FL-18)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

 

Candidates

  • Cris Dosev (FL-01)
  • Michael Waltz (FL-06)
  • Fred Costello (FL-06)
  • Mike Miller (FL-07)
  • Scott Sturgill (FL-07)
  • Vennia Francois (FL-07)
  • Bradley Sostack (FL-13)
  • Danny Kushmer (FL-15)
  • Ed Shoemaker (FL-15)
  • Seam Harper (FL-17)
  • Julio Gonzalez (Fl-17)
  • Greg Steube (FL-17)
  • Bill Akins (FL-17)
  • Nicolas Kimaz (FL-22)
  • Javier Manjarres (FL-22)
  • Michael Ohevzion (FL-27)
  • Maria Piero (FL-27)
  • Gina Sosa (FL-27)
  • Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27)
  • Bruno Barreiro (FL-27)
  • Elizabeth Adidi (FL-27)

ATR Releases List of August 21st Primary Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers


Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Sunday, August 19th, 2018, 10:30 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform congratulates all candidates running for federal office in Alaska and Wyoming who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of the August 21st primaries. The "no new taxes" pledge is a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. 

 “I applaud these candidates for making this important commitment to taxpayers. Republican primary voters in Alaska and Wyoming can go to the polls confident that there are candidates committed to protecting taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The full lists of Pledge signers from in Alaska and Wyoming are as follows:

 

WYOMING

Incumbents

  • Mike Enzi (SEN)
  • Liz Cheney (WY-AL)

 

ALASKA

Incumbents

  • Lisa Murkowski (SEN)
  • Dan Sullivan (SEN)
  • Don Young (AK-AL)

ATR Releases List of August 14th Primary Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers


Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Monday, August 13th, 2018, 10:30 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform congratulates all candidates running for federal office in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Wisconsin who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of the August 14th primaries. The "no new taxes" pledge is a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. 

 “I applaud these candidates for making this important commitment to taxpayers. Republican primary voters can go to the polls confident that there are candidates committed to protecting taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The full lists of Pledge signers from in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are as follows:

CONNECTICUT

Candidates

  • Dominic Rapini (SEN)

 

MINNESOTA

Incumbents

  • Karin Hously (SEN)
  • Jason Lewis (MN-02)
  • Erik Paulsen (MN-03)
  • Tom Emmer (MN-06)

 

Candidates

  • Jim Hagedorn (MN-01)
  • Dave Hughes (MN-07)
  • Tim Miller (MN-07)
  • Pete Stauber (MN-08)

 

WISCONSIN

Incumbents

  • Ron Johnson (SEN)
  • Paul Ryan (WI-01)
  • Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05)
  • Glenn Grothman (WI-06)
  • Sean Duffy (WI-07)
  • Mike Gallagher (WI-08)

 

Candidates

  • Kevin Nicholson (SEN)
  • Leah Vukmir (SEN)
  • Paul Nehlen (WI-01)
  • Kevin Steen (WI-01)

 


ATR Releases List of August 7th Primary Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers

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Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Friday, August 3rd, 2018, 10:30 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform congratulates all candidates running for federal office in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of the August 7th primaries. The "no new taxes" pledge is a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. 

 “I applaud these candidates for making this important commitment to taxpayers. Republican primary voters can go to the polls confident that there are candidates committed to protecting taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The full lists of Pledge signers from Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington are as follows:

KANSAS

Incumbents

  • Jerry Moran (SEN)
  • Pat Roberts (SEN)
  • Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)
  • Ron Estes (KS-04)

 

Challengers

  • Nick Reinecker (KS-01)
  • Steve Watkins (KS-02)
  • Dennis Pyle (KS-02)
  • Steve Fitzgerald (KS-02)
  • Kevin Jones (KS-02)

 

MICHIGAN

Incumbents

  • John Bergman (MI-01)
  • Bill Huizenga (MI-02)
  • Justin Amash (MI-03)
  • John Moolenaar (MI-04)
  • Fred Upton (MI-06)
  • Tim Walberg (MI-07)
  • Mike Bishop (MI-08)
  • Paul Mitchell (MI-10)
  • David Trott (MI-11)

 

Challengers

  • John James (SEN)
  • Candius Stearns (MI-09)
  • Lena Epstein (MI-11)
  • Rocky Raczkowski (MI-11)
  • Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11)
  • Mike Kowall (MI-11)
  • Klint Kesto (MI-11)

 

MISSOURI

Incumbents

  • Roy Blunt (SEN)
  • Ann Wagner (MO-02)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03)
  • Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
  • Sam Graves (MO-06)
  • Billy Long (MO-07)
  • Jason Smith (MO-08)

 

Challengers 

  • John Webb (MO-04)

 

WASHINGTON

Incumbents

  • Jaime Herrera (WA-03)
  • Dan Newhouse (WA-04)
  • Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA-05)
  • Dave Reichert (WA-08)

 

Challengers

  • Dino Rossi (WA-08)

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ATR Releases List of Tennessee Primary Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers


Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018, 10:30 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform congratulates all candidates running for federal office in Tennessee who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of the August 2nd primary. The "no new taxes" pledge is a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. 

“I applaud all those who made this important commitment to Tennessee taxpayers. Tennessee Republican primary voters can go to the polls confident that sixteen primary candidates are committed to protecting taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The full list of Pledge signers from Tennessee is as follows:

Incumbents

  • Bob Corker (SEN)
  • Lamar Alexander (SEN)
  • Phil Roe (TN-01)
  • John Duncan (TN-02)
  • Chuck Fleischman (TN-03)
  • Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)
  • Diane Black (TN-06)
  • David Kustoff (TN-08)

Candidates

  • Marsha Blackburn (SEN)
  • Todd McKinley (TN-01)
  • Vito Sagliano (TN-02)
  • Jimmy Matlock (TN-02)
  • Bob Corlew (TN-06)
  • Lee Miller (TN-07)
  • Mark Green (TN-07)
  • George Flinn (TN-08)

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett Makes Written Commitment to Oppose Tax Hikes in TN-03 Race

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Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Thursday, July 26th, 2018, 9:32 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) warmly congratulates congressional candidate Tim Burchett on signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to his constituents in Tennessee’s 2rd district to oppose tax increases. Burchett joins the growing list of Pledge signers in Tennessee looking to fill the seat left open by Jimmy Duncan’s decision to retire at the end of his term.

Currently serving as the Mayor of Knox County, Tim Burchett has a long history of public service to Tennessee with a proven tax record of fighting taxes. He spent 4 years in the Tennessee State House of Representatives from 1995-1998. In 1999 Burchett won election to the State Senate until 2010 when he was sworn in as Mayor. 

“The American people are tired of the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington and they are looking for solutions that create jobs, cut government spending, and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires these candidates to put their rhetoric in writing. It is offered to every candidate for state and federal office and to all incumbents. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge.

“We are ecstatic about Mr. Burchett’s commitment to the taxpayers of Tennessee. I challenge all candidates for Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist.

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Both AL-02 GOP Primary Runoff Candidates Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

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Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Friday, June 29th, 2018, 9:32 AM PERMALINK

Alabama voters may need to wait until the July 17th runoff to find out who will be the GOP nominee for U.S. House District 2, but right now they know that whoever wins is committed to protecting taxpayers. Incumbent Representative Martha Roby and challenger Bobby Bright have both signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, Roby and Bright have made a written commitment to constituents to oppose any and all attempt to raise taxes while in office. The winner of the primary runoff will most likely go on to win the solid red district in the November general election.

“I applaud both the candidates running in the GOP primary for making such an important commitment to Alabama taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Following passage of federal tax reform, the United States has become an even more attractive destination for investment. Avoiding tax increases will ensure that Alabama remains an attractive destination in the U.S. for the expected influx of global capital. By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, both Republicans running for Congress have made clear that they recognize the importance of keeping Alabama a low tax state.” 

Americans for Tax Reform offers the Pledge to all candidates for state and federal office. In the 115th Congress, 46 U.S. Senators and 209 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are pledge signers. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady are also pledge signers.

On the state level, this commitment is shared by 11 incumbent governors including Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Gov. Rick Scott (Fla.), and Gov. Paul LePage (M.E.), and nearly 1,000 state legislators across the country.

President Ronald Reagan endorsed the Pledge and campaigned for Pledge-signing candidates in the 1986 midterm elections.


Mississippi Rep. Suggests Taxpayer Funded Congressional Dorms

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Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, 3:38 PM PERMALINK

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson’s newest proposal to give legislators cheap housing is a taxpayer nightmare that would create a Congressional “animal house.”

Thompson introduced H.R. 5845, the No Couches for Congress Act, to ban House members from sleeping in their offices and introduce monthly housing deductions. This move comes after an exposé in the New York Post documented an array of House members who opt to sleep on cots in their office rather than incurring additional housing expenses in Washington, D.C. The proposed legislation would amend the tax code to allow House members to deduct D.C. living expenses up to $3,000 per month, a practice that is currently prohibited under section 152(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

House members make $174,000 per year, except for the Speaker of the House and Majority and Minority leaders. With the average cost of a D.C. studio apartment falling around $1,602 per month, representatives could pay less than 10% of their annual income on housing. That’s 21% lower than the average household spends on housing annually.

Twenty three Democrats co-sponsor Thompson’s bill, while fellow House members from both parties scoff at the idea. Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) told the New York Post that glorified Congressional dorms “might be a breeding house for something bad." Rep. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), who regularly sleeps in his office to save money, says "I'm here to work, not relive my college days in a taxpayer-funded dorm." Donovan pointed out that with our national debt sitting around $20 trillion, this is no time to tax the public so that House members can live comfortably for free. What Thompson and his co-sponsors fail to realize is that many of the House members highlighted in the Post piece were not discouraged about bunking in their offices. Donovan thinks it’s a small concession to make to be able to save for his daughter’s college tuition. Military veteran Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) says sleeping in his office makes him more efficient.

While D.C. laments a troubling homeless population, hovering around 6,904 people, Thompson wants his housing plan to take root in a currently vacant residence hall near Capitol Hill. Some House members have pointed out that there are other groups who find living expenses far more prohibitive than representatives do. One Congresswoman suggested turning the building into intern housing.

Within 180 days, Thompson would like to see a report on the feasibility of converting unused buildings into affordable Congressional housing. In the meantime, he believes that those who continue to sleep in their office should be hit with a tax burden and report their living arrangements to the IRS as an accrued benefit.

No Couches for Congress Act is Co-sponsored by:

  1. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
  2. A. Donald McEachin (VA-04)
  3. James E. Clyburn ( SC—06)
  4. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)
  5. Joyce Beatty (OH-03)
  6. Val Butler Demings (FL-10)
  7. Robin L. Kelly (IL-02)
  8. Alma S. Adams (NC-12)
  9. Karen Bass (CA-37)
  10. Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14)
  11. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20)
  12. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL)
  13. Eddie Bernice (TX-30)
  14. Henry C. Johnson (GA-04)
  15. Sanford D. Bishop Jr (GA-02)
  16. Dwight Evans (PA-02)
  17. Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07)
  18. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
  19. Donald M. Payne Jr (NJ-10)
  20. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
  21. Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24)
  22. Al Green (TX-09)
  23. Lacy Clay (MO-01)

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ATR Releases List of June 26th Primary Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers

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Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Thursday, June 21st, 2018, 4:15 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform congratulates all those who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of the June 26th primaries. The "no new taxes" pledge is a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. 

The Pledge signers from Oklahoma, Maryland, New York, Colorado, and Utah are as follows:

Oklahoma

Incumbents

  • Markwayne Millin (OK-02)
  • Frank Lucas (OK-03)
  • Tom Cole (OK-04)
  • Steve Russell (OK-05)

 

Challengers

  • Andy Coleman (OK-01)
  • Nathan Dahm (OK-01)
  • Kevin Hern (OK-01)

 

Maryland

Incumbents

  • Andy Harris (MD-01)

 

Challengers

  • Liz Matory (MD-02)
  • Bradley Rohrs (MD-06)

 

New York

Incumbents

  • Lee Zeldin (NY-01)
  • Peter King (NY-02)
  • John Faso (NY-19)
  • Claudia Tenney (NY-22)
  • Tom Reed (NY-23)
  • Chris Collins (NY-27)

 

Challengers

  • Sakima Brown (NY-18)

 

Colorado

Incumbents

  • Scott Tipton (CO-03)
  • Ken Buck (CO-04)
  • Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
  • Mike Coffman (CO-06)

 

Challengers

  • Owen Hill (CO-05)

 

Utah

Incumbents

  • Rob Bishop (UT-01)
  • John Curtis (UT-03)

 

Challengers

  • Mike Kennedy (SEN)
  • Chris Herrod (UT-03)

 

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ATR Releases List of June 12th Primary Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers

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Posted by Christina Mitsopoulos on Thursday, June 7th, 2018, 5:12 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform applauds all candidates who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of the June 12th primaries. The “no new taxes” pledge is a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases while in elected office.

ATR has shares the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed the Pledge. In the 115th Congress, 46 Senators and 208 Representatives have signed.

The Pledge signing candidates from Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia are as follows:

Maine

Incumbents:

  • Bruce Poliquin (ME – 02)
     

Challengers:

  • Eric Brakey (SEN)
     

Nevada

Incumbents:

  • Dean Heller (SEN)
  • Mark Amodei (NV – 02)
  • Sharron Angle (NV – 02)
     

Challengers:

  • Scott Hammond (NV – 03)
  • Michelle Mortensen (NV – 03)
  • Eddie Hamilton (NV – 03)
  • David Gibbs (NV – 04)
  • Cresent Hardy (NV – 04)
     

North Dakota

Challengers:

  • Kevin Kramer (SEN)
  • Kelly Armstrong (ND-AtL)
     

South Carolina

Incumbents:

  • Mark Sanford (SC – 01)
  • Joe Wilson (SC – 02)
  • Jeff Duncan (SC – 03)
  • Ralph Norman (SC – 05)
     

Challengers:

  • Kelly Arrington (SC – 01)
  • Lee Bright (SC – 04)
  • William Timmons (SC – 04)
  • Josh Kimbrell (SC - 04)
     

Virginia

Incumbents:

  • David Brat (VA – 07)
  • Morgan Griffith (VA – 09)
  • Barbara Comstock (VA – 10)
     

Challengers:

  • Mary Jones (VA – 02)
  • Ben Cline (VA – 06)
  • Shak Hill (VA – 10)

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