“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” - Abraham Lincoln
FairTax Ushers In New Governance
Eight months ago, 21 seasoned FairTax® grassroots
leaders responded to an invitation from Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT) Vice
President Leo Linbeck III, to meet in Houston and discuss the FairTax
After more than two days of spirited discussions
the team, which became known as “C21”, reached consensus on a plan to transfer
governance of the FairTax campaign and AFFT from the current board of directors
to volunteer grassroots supporters.
Since that remarkable weekend, this dedicated
team, guided by Linbeck and Steve Hayes, a member of the Florida FairTax
Educational Association board of directors, hammered out a comprehensive plan
embodied in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), License Agreement and amended
It is now expected that governance of AFFT will be
transferred by the end of April in accordance with the terms set forth in the
The C21 leaders and AFFT took great care to define
fair and equitable requirements for both a state FairTax organization and the
process for them to nominate delegates who may be elected as directors of AFFT.
This process includes both organizational qualifications and minimum AFFT
The organizational qualification requires that state
FairTax organizations operate as a legally recognized, non-profit entity in compliance
with state and federal laws, have written and published bylaws, and maintain a board of directors and a defined organizational structure, a checking
account and operate under the AFFT umbrella.
The contribution requirement includes minimum individual
donations of $10 per donor made directly to AFFT. These donations may be made
online through FairTax.org, in response to an AFFT online or direct mail
solicitation, or by donating to AFFT with a personal check, money order or
through the banking system.
Qualified states may elect up to three delegates
who will become voting directors of the AFFT board of directors. The number of
state delegates will depend on the number of contributors to AFFT in 2013, and
through March 31, 2014, and the total amount of money donated from the state to
AFFT during this same time period.
a state that does not meet the minimum donation requirements, but which is
otherwise qualified will be able to elect a non-voting delegate. This non-voting delegate may attend
AFFT board meetings, but may not vote on board matters.
It is important to note that this process is
limited to the election of directors to AFFT and does not affect the way states
select their own leadership.
Next Step Highlights
In early April, all donors to AFFT in 2013 and
through March 31, 2014, will receive an email providing detailed next steps for
the AFFT board of directors election.
If you want to want to be
included, you must do two things right now.
First, as stated, only those individuals who have
donated a minimum of $10 to AFFT in 2013 or 2014 will be allowed to nominate or
vote for delegates. If you have not donated and would like to you may go here
Second, ensure your contact information is current at FairTax.org by logging in
Once delegates have been selected a national
meeting will be convened in Houston to confirm the election of the AFFT board of directors.
Finally, to show their continued support and to
help ensure the new grassroots board has every opportunity to succeed while
assuming leadership of the FairTax campaign, the current AFFT board of directors
has generously offered to establish a post-transition, dollar-for-dollar matching
fund up to $100,000 for AFFT.
The FairTax is the largest, single-issue
grassroots tax reform movement in the nation. It is therefore fitting that the
grassroots assume governance for both AFFT and the campaign.
We want to thank everyone who has assisted AFFT
and the grassroots with this massive undertaking. And on behalf of everyone who supports the FairTax, may I express our profound
appreciation to the AFFT board of directors – past and present – for their
steadfast leadership in founding and governing AFFT and the FairTax campaign.
Until next week,