"We the People" tell the government what to do; it doesn't tell us. "We the People" are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. - President Ronald Reagan
FAST Growing Our Grassroots Movement
Dear Grassroots Members,
The FAST Board, your grassroots representation advising AFFT
Houston (FairTax.org) on grassroots issues, wants to improve our communication with you, our
constituents. As a first step, we plan
to begin sending out regular updates in FairTax Friday.
A top priority of the FAST Board is to fill regional and
state Director vacancies, while assisting state directors who are in the
process of identifying, recruiting, training and deploying a massive legion
(3,000) of FairTax volunteers in each of 435 congressional districts.
Once this project is completed, we will have
1.3 million plus FairTax activists from east to west, north to south – who will
be the lever to recruit enough Congressional co-sponsors to force a floor vote
and the passage of the FairTax.
Today we have 67 co-sponsors. During the past few months, several of those
courageous Representatives have announced their retirement from Congress, which
means we must re-double our efforts to make our eventual triple-digit goal in
the House. In the Senate we have already
reached a record with our current 9 co-sponsors.
Finally, with 1.3 million plus FairTax activists, we hope to
have a sustainable donor base to counter attack ads with proper education, and
to purchase supplies for the grassroots. We have been repeatedly advised that
major donors want to see a steady base of smaller donors when they are consider
To further grow our numbers, FAST is testing a marketing and
research company named ccAdvertising that has demonstrated expertise in
identifying and surveying potential supporters. AFFT Houston has raised the
money and previously engaged this firm for other special call-to-action
Recently, FAST joined forces
with AFFT to utilize ccAdvertising’s capabilities for a fundraising pilot
across five Congressional districts chosen by FAST. ccAdvertising, working in conjunction with
another firm, Campaign HQ, is seeking to identify potential FairTax supporters
and donors. If this test is successful, we will consider further penetration of
the ccAdvertising model nationwide to help fuel FAST efforts to rapidly
identify potential supporters and donors.
The FAST Board complements the line organization of AFFT
Houston led by Campaign Manager, Cindy Canevaro. FAST Board members are Mike
McLean-NC, Steve Curtis-OH, Mark Gupton-FL, Jim Bennett (Secretary)-NJ, Roger
Buchholtz-MI, Jamie Wheeler-WA, Sam Kemp-TX, John Collet (Chair)-KS, Marilyn
Rickert-IL, John Pierce-NC, and David Kahn-MD.
We welcome your comments,
suggestions and recommended topics for discussion in future
communications. Please feel free to
direct your communications to any FAST board member.
NJ Volunteer State Director