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“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” - Sun Tzu

Strategy Report from D.C + New Cosponsor

Last week was an exciting week for the FairTax legislation!

Representative Rob Woodall hosted a Tax Day Press Conference in Washington, D.C., accompanied by Senator Saxby Chambliss and 11 Congressional Co-Sponsors. More importantly, over 30 Michigan FairTax volunteers traveled over 12 hours by bus to stand with these patriots, sharing why America needs the FairTax. Thousands more grassroots volunteers around the nation mailed their income tax returns and then called and wrote their elected officials telling them why they supported the FairTax.

Having just returned from six jam packed days in D.C. - including Representative Woodall's press conference, meeting with dozens of members of Congress (existing and former FairTax co-sponsors), lobbyists, and leaders of tax reform organizations - I came away knowing that we have come so far, yet we have such a long way to go to victory. Let me explain.

Americans For Fair Taxation previously chose a traditional campaign approach and spent millions of dollars establishing D.C. offices and representation. This lobbying/DC office model was primarily focused on the executive and legislative branches. A full-blown Ways and Means FairTax hearing was held under then Chairman Bill Archer. After spending millions of dollars, very minimal results were realized. 

During this time it was strongly suggested by a number of highly placed, well-respected individuals that the creation of a grassroots army was an imperative. A study was done to confirm the recommendation, from which it was determined that 3,000 activists per district in each of the 435 Congressional districts could generate the critical mass necessary to garner enough votes to secure passage of the FairTax.  

Fast forward to today. This is the current strategy we are beginning to deploy using a vendor, ccAdvertising, to help us rapidly identify new activists. It is important to note, however, that ccAdvertising only provides us with potential activist data – it is up to us to cultivate, recruit and train them

ccAdvertising is also well respected by many Congressional members who support the FairTax. When I indicated that we were working with them I received strong ‘thumbs up’ signals.  

In addition, we are aggressively working to secure major donors to expand this effort, hire professional communicators to assist with earned and paid media, and also to procure specialized Washington representation on a contract engagement basis when needed - part of our prior lessons learned. We have already identified many professional resources.

During my meetings this past week, the 3,000 activists strategy was affirmed in numerous discussions with both co-sponsors and former co-sponsors who still support the FairTax in concept. Our co-sponsors are courageous patriots but they need reinforcements and they need them now!  

It is imperative that our movement do three things, and we need to do them quickly and well.

- We have to recruit, train and deploy 3,000 eager activists in each district.

– We must aggressively educate the citizens in our communities about why the FairTax makes sense for them. The opposition is becoming very creative in putting out inaccurate information about what the FairTax is and what it will mean to the average American citizen. This makes our co-sponsors feel vulnerable and that is when they become concerned. When they become concerned they consider withdrawing their co-sponsorship. So we must redouble our local education efforts - providing citizens in every community with simple, factual information they can easily understand - especially the FairTax rate.  If we fail in this mission, we hand the opposition one small victory after another.

- It is critical that we continue establishing strong, proactive and positive constituent based relationships with our elected members and their staff - whether they support the FairTax today or not. A great example of this is Representative Hank Johnson who spoke at the Tax Day press conference. While he did not endorse the FairTax, he did state he was willing to have a dialogue and strongly advocated for comprehensive tax reform.

Remember to always be respectful, professional and courteous when you are communicating on behalf of the FairTax. Unfortunately, I also heard from several Congressman about a few FairTaxers who need a little help in this area.  

If you are willing to help us meet this challenge and don’t have a local FairTax leader, please contact us at grassroots@fairtax.org. Let us know where you are, what kind of time you can devote and where your talents best fit.

I wish I could adequately convey the enthusiasm and pride that I saw in both the members of Congress and our grassroots volunteers’ faces during the Tax Day press conference. I want to personally thank everyone who traveled to D.C., and those who made calls, sent letters and communicated in other ways with Congress. It was a very good day!

With continued appreciation and gratitude for all you do,

 

Cynthia T. Canevaro

Campaign Manager

The Newest FairTax Co-Sponsor!

We are thrilled to welcome the 67th cosponsor of HR 25, the FairTax: Congressman Bill Flores! He represents the 17th district of Texas and states:

"Our country's current tax laws are overly complicated to individual taxpayers and to small businesses. I support the Fair Tax because it will simplify our broken tax code and allow hard working American's to keep more of the money they earn. We must work to stabilize our economy and enact comprehensive tax code reform to promote job creation and a stronger economy rather than paying for a bloated federal government and more reckless spending."

Congressman Bill Flores  Thank you Congressman Flores!

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The FairTax in the News

WOODALL: Save America. Pass the FairTax. – Gwinnett Daily Post

…Indeed, passing the FairTax would be the greatest transfer of power away from the government and back to the people since 1789, and it's the only way that America will truly free herself from this devastating tax system and allow us to reclaim the freedom our Founding Fathers envisioned for us. Despite Washington's best intentions, big government solutions have failed us time and time again.

The broken promises of new jobs and economic growth have led folks to grow skeptical of Washington's ability to govern, and that is exactly why we need to get Washington -- and those who want to control, manipulate, and destroy through our tax code -- out of the way. If we simply give American families and American businesses the freedom to succeed -- if we pass the FairTax -- we will see an economic revolution unlike any before. We must urge our leaders to think big ... just like the American people do. We must demand that they stand on principle, and stand for freedom. We must remind them to be focused not on the next election, but on the next generation. We must remind them that America needs the FairTax now. And they must listen, before it's too late….

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett Urges Support for the Fair Tax reform bill, H.R. 25, at Tax Filing Day News Conference – Press Release

Rep Bartlett at Tax Day Press Conference

On the day of the federal income tax filing deadline for 2012, Congressman Roscoe Bartlett participated in a news conference with Congressman Rob Woodall, and other members among the 66 cosponsors of the Fair Tax reform bill, H.R. 25, in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC.  The members of Congress were joined by the President of the National Small Business Association, Todd McCracken, as well as the President of the National Taxpayers Union, Duane Parde.

Congressman Bartlett said at the news conference, “With this Fair Tax reform, we will have lower rates and collect more tax revenue by eliminating all of the complexity of our current tax code. We need this fundamental reform that will protect the poor and tax people for what they spend instead of what they save and invest.  The Fair Tax will unshackle our entrepreneurs and small business owners and strengthen our economy by spurring the production of more goods and services.”..

The May FairTax Webinar

With Special Topic: Why we don't want 9-9-9 or any other modified Income Tax

When: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Time: 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, 5 pm Pacific

Where: At your personal computer, anywhere!

Why: To provide an interactive forum for people who cannot get to local meetings to learn about the FairTax and to present special topics that are frequently misunderstood or not generally discussed.

Who: Join Marc Manieri, webinar producer and host from Orlando, Florida. In their fourth year now, Marc’s webinars draw national participation from seasoned FairTax supporters as well as those just getting introduced to the FairTax.

Join: To participate, register here and watch for the confirmation email. For more information contact Larry Walters at repeal_16@earthlink.net.

Featured Video:

Congressman Steve King Tax Day Press Conference

Congressman Steve King speaks at the Tax Day Press Conference

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FairTax Fact:

The FairTax will raise real wages over 10% in the 1st year

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FairTax Fundamentals Paper

The FairTax: Fundamentals and Facts

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