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Dozens of Candidates Make “No New Taxes” Promise Ahead of the August 4th Primaries

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Posted by Gerald Sharpe, Leigh Payne on Monday, August 3rd, 2020, 12:03 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform commends the federal incumbents and candidates in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington who have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge ahead of tomorrow’s congressional primary. The Pledge is a written commitment to the American people to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. 

“By signing The Pledge, these candidates and incumbents demonstrate that they will safeguard taxpayers from higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. “Pledge signers understand that government should be reformed so that it spends less and will oppose tax increases that prolong the failures of the past.” 

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, zero congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.  

Candidates can still make this important commitment to voters ahead of the primary by visiting: www.atr.org/take-the-pledge 

The following candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

Arizona 

  • Tiffany Shedd (AZ-01) 

  • Brandon Martin (AZ-02) 

  • Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04) 

  • Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05) 

  • Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06) 

  • Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) 

  • David Giles (AZ-09)  

Kansas 

  • Sen. Jerry Moran  

  • Sen. Pat Roberts  

  • Susan Wagle (SEN) 

  • Kris Kobach (SEN) 

  • Bob Hamilton (SEN) 

  • Bill Clifford (KS-01) 

  • Tracey Mann (KS-01) 

  • Rep. Steve Watkins (KS-02) 

  • Jake LaTurner (KS-02) 

  • Adrienne Foster (KS-03) 

  • Amanda Adkins (KS-03) 

  • Sara Hart Weir (KS-03) 

  • Rep. Ron Estes (KS-04) 

Michigan  

  • John James (SEN) 

  • Rep. Jack Bergman (MI-01) 

  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02) 

  • Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03) 

  • Lynn Afendoulis (MI-03) 

  • Peter Meijer (MI-03)  

  • Rep. John Moolenaar (MI-04) 

  • Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) 

  • Elena Oelke (MI-06)  

  • Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07) 

  • Kristina Lyke (MI-08)  

  • Mike Detmer (MI-08) 

  • Rep. Paul Mitchell (MI-10) 

  • Lisa McClain (MI-10) 

  • Whitney Williams (MI-11) 

  • Eric Esshaki (MI-11) 

  • Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11) 

Missouri 

  • Sen. Roy Blunt 

  • Sen. Josh Hawley  

  • Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02) 

  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) 

  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MI-04) 

  • Rep. Sam Graves (MI-06) 

  • Rep. Billy Long (MI-07) 

  • Rep. Jason Smith (MI-08) 

Washington 

  • Rep. Jaime Herrera (WA-03) 

  • Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-04) 

  • Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (WA-05) 

  • Corey Bailey (WA-08)  

 

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Pledge Signers Overwhelmingly Win June 9th GOP Primaries

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Posted by Leigh Payne, Adam Radman on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, 2:04 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates the 27 Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers who won primaries in Georgia, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and West Virginia on Tuesday. These signers made written commitments to the taxpayers of their respective states to oppose and vote against all tax hikes.  

The following primary winners signed the Pledge: 

Georgia 

  • Sen. David Purdue (GA-Sen) 
  • Rep. Buddy Carter (GA-01) 
  • Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-03) 
  • Karen Handel (GA-06) 
  • Rich McCormick (GA-07) 
  • Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08) 
  • Matt Gurtler (GA-09) 
  • Andrew Clyde (GA-09) 
  • Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10) 
  • Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) 
  • Rep. Rick Allen (GA-12) 
  • Marjorie Greene (GA-14) 
  • John Cowan (GA-14) 


Nevada 

  • Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-02) 
  • Dan Rodimer (NV-03)* 
  • Jim Marchant (NV-04)* 


North Dakota 

  • Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL) 
     

South Carolina 

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC-Sen) 
  • Nancy Mace (SC-01) 
  • Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) 
  • Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) 
  • Rep. William Timmons (SC-04) 
  • Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05) 


West Virginia  

  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV-Sen) 
  • Rep. David McKinley (WV-01) 
  • Rep. Alex Mooney (WV-02) 
  • Rep. Carol Miller (WV-03) 
     

There are currently 172 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise.

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is harder to break.

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge stands as a barrier against tax hikes and makes continued pro-growth tax reform possible. We are ecstatic about the candidates’ decisions to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to their constituents,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. 

The June 9th primary winners join over 90% of Senatorial and Congressional Republicans in making this commitment.   

“The American people are looking for solutions that create jobs and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” continued Norquist. 

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on these races or any other races, please visit the ATR Pledge Database

*Votes are still being collected and are expected to be finalized in Nevada on June 19th. 


Tyler Kistner Makes “No New Taxes” Commitment In MN-02 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020, 3:53 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates congressional candidate Tyler Kistner for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Minnesota to oppose income tax hikes.  

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes 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 

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge stands as a barrier against tax hikes and makes continued pro-growth tax reform possible. We are ecstatic about Kistner’s decision to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the taxpayers of Minnesota,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. 

Kistner joins several members of the Minnesota delegation in making this commitment to The North Star State taxpayers, including Rep. Jim Hagedorn, Rep. Pete Stauber, and Rep. Tom Emmer. 

“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,” continued Norquist. 

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database


John Clark Makes “No New Taxes” Commitment In TN-01 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020, 11:01 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates congressional candidate John Clark for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Tennessee to oppose income tax hikes.   

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes 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. 

“The Taxpayer Protection Pledge stands as a barrier against tax hikes and makes continued pro-growth tax reform possible. We are ecstatic about Clark’s decision to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the taxpayers of Tennessee,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform. 

Clark joins several members of the Tennessee delegation in making this commitment to The Volunteer State taxpayers, including Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Rep. David Kustoff, Rep. Mark Green, Rep. Phil Roe, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, and Rep. Tim Burchett.  

“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,” continued Norquist.  

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database


Tom Tiffany Makes “No New Taxes” Commitment In WI-07 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, 12:00 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates congressional candidate Tom Tiffany for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Wisconsin to oppose income tax hikes.  

Tiffany joins several members of the Wisconsin delegation in making this commitment to Wisconsin taxpayers, including Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Rep. Glenn Grothman, Rep. Mike Gallagher, and Rep. Bryan Steil.   

Tiffany currently serves as a Wisconsin state senator.   

“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 idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes 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. Tiffany’s commitment to the taxpayers of Wisconsin. I challenge all candidates for elected office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist. 

New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. For the most up-to-date information on this race or any other, please visit the ATR Pledge Database


Positive Developments In IL-14

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019, 4:32 PM PERMALINK

The list of Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers continues to grow in the Republican primary for Illinois’s 14th congressional district. Americans for Tax Reform congratulates all candidates willing to make a written commitment to American taxpayers to oppose income tax hikes.  

This district covers northern Illinois, specifically the northern and western suburbs of Chicago, and is currently represented by Rep. Lauren Underwood (D). The Cook Political Report rates the district as toss up with a PVI of R+5.  

The following candidates have signed the Federal Taxpayer Protection Pledge: 

  • Jim Oberweis 
  • Ted Gradel 
  • Catalina Lauf 
  • James Marter

Candidates often say they will not raise taxes, but disregard campaign promises once they take office. The Pledge ensures that candidates stay true to their commitment to oppose any and all tax hikes.  

The candidates who signed the Pledge join Rep. Shimkus, Rep. Kinzinger, and Rep. LaHood in making this commitment to Illinois taxpayers.  

There are currently eight candidates in the Republican primary, which is scheduled to occur on March 17th, 2020. ATR challenges all remaining candidates to sign the Pledge. Voters deserve to know where the candidates stand prior to Election Day.  

For the most up-to-date information on Pledge signers, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.   

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Casper Stockham Makes “No New Taxes” Commitment in CO-06 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, 3:41 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates CO-06 candidate Casper Stockham for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Colorado to oppose income tax hikes.  

Stockham joins several members of the Colorado delegation in making this commitment to Colorado taxpayers, including Rep. Ken Buck, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Scott Tipton, and Sen. Cory Gardner.  

Stockham faces off against Steve House and John Szemler in the Republican primary on June 30th, 2020. House and Szemler have yet to sign the Pledge. The current incumbent Democrat Rep. Jason Crow has not signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  

“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 idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes 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. Stockham’s commitment to the taxpayers of Colorado. I challenge all candidates for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist. 

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Brian Maryott Makes “No New Taxes” Commitment in CA-49 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Thursday, October 17th, 2019, 12:00 AM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates congressional candidate Brian Maryott for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of California to oppose income tax hikes.  

Maryott joins several members of the California delegation in making this commitment to California taxpayers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Rep. Tom McClintock, Rep. Devin Nunes, and Rep. Ken Calvert.  

Maryott currently serves his community as Mayor of San Juan Capistrano in Southern California.   

“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 idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes 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. Maryott’s commitment to the taxpayers of California. I challenge all candidates for elected office to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist. 

For the most up-to-date information on Pledge signers, please visit the ATR Pledge Database.   


Ted Gradel Makes “No New Taxes" Promise in IL-14 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Monday, October 14th, 2019, 1:59 PM PERMALINK

Editor's Note: Several candidates have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in this congressional race. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Pledge database here.

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates IL-14 candidate Ted Gradel for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Illinois to oppose higher income taxes.

Gradel joins Rep. Shimkus, Rep. Kinzinger, and Rep. LaHood in making this commitment to Illinois taxpayers.

“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 idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes 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. Gradel’s commitment to the taxpayers of Illinois. I challenge all candidates for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist. 

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Lisa Song Sutton Makes "No New Taxes Pledge" In NV-04 Race

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Posted by Leigh Payne on Monday, October 7th, 2019, 2:29 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates NV-04 candidate Lisa Song Sutton for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Nevada to oppose higher income taxes. 

Sutton joins Rep. Mark Amodei in making this commitment to Nevada taxpayers.  

“I will not support increased taxation to aid a bloated government budget,” said Sutton. “I support the tax cuts, but we must curtail spending. The current budget is harmful to the American people.”  

“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 idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes 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 Ms. Sutton’s commitment to the taxpayers of Nevada. I challenge all candidates for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District to make the same commitment to taxpayers by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge today,” continued Norquist. 

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