Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congratulates U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a written commitment to the people of Wisconsin to oppose higher taxes.

Marine Corp Veteran and businessman Nicholson is the first Republican candidate to officially enter the Wisconsin senate race and looks to unseat liberal Sen. Tammy Baldwin next fall.

“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 get the economy going again. 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.

By signing the Pledge, Nicholson joins a large list of Wisconsin public officials dedicated to protecting taxpayers that includes Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Gov. Scott Walker, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Rep. Glenn Grothman, Rep. Sean Duffy, and Rep. Mike Gallagher.

“Kevin Nicholson is the first candidate in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race to put his opposition to higher taxes in writing. I challenge all candidates to make the same commitment to Badger State taxpayers,” continued Norquist.

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.