WASHINGTON – As a Member of the 107th Congress in 2001, Representative John Thune (R-SD) has demonstrated his dedication to the American taxpayer by voting 100 % of the time in favor of taxpayers, according to the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) congressional rating project. His opponent, Tim Johnson, has voted in favor of the taxpayer only 33 % of the time. These rating are posted on ATR\’s website under the projects category.

ATR ranks Members of Congress by their votes in favor of the taxpayer every year since 1994. During the first session of the 107th Congress, John Thune continually voted in favor of lowering taxes and allowing taxpayers to control their own money. In 2001, Thune supported the death tax relief bill, which cut taxes by $186 billion. His opponent, Johnson, voted to limit this tax cut leaving many Americans out.

Thune also supported the economic stimulus bill, which cut an additional $90 billion worth of individual and business taxes. Johnson opposed the President\’s economic stimulus package. Johnson continually votes for and supports legislation that will increase individual taxes and centralize taxpayer dollars in Washington.

"There is no doubt that Thune has proven his commitment to the taxpayer," commented Grover Norquist, President of ATR. "Not many can boast of such a fine voting record. Thune is the type who practices what he preaches."

John Thune, candidate for Senate, signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by ATR on April 15, 2002. Thune joins President George W. Bush and 250 other federal Congressmen who have pledged to American taxpayers to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses".