"Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation." - Simon Sinek
FairTax® Elections Around The Corner
Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT) will soon embark on one
of the most significant changes to the FairTax campaign since its’ founding - the
transfer of AFFT’s governance from the current board of directors to grassroots
Leo Linbeck, Jr. skillfully guided AFFT and the FairTax
campaign as a co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board until his passing in
2013. Prior to his death, he began discussing with the board the importance of
AFFT having the direct involvement of volunteer grassroots leaders determine
the future direction of the FairTax campaign.
To fulfill his vision, the AFFT board asked Mr. Linbeck’s son, Leo Linbeck III (Leo 3),
to lead AFFT’s efforts. Last September
Leo 3 invited state FairTax leaders to Houston and working together, they began
charting a new governance framework, which evolved into a new grassroots
This model incorporated organizational, financial and legal
requirements for state FairTax organizations, a licensing agreement for AFFT’s
intellectual properties and a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that
documented the model. The eligible states then began the process of electing between one and three state delegates. These delegates will comprise the new AFFT board for a period of one year.
On behalf of Leo Linbeck, III, Steve Hayes and the
grassroots steering committee, I am pleased to announce that this process of electing
the FairTax campaign’s grassroots delegates is almost finished, and we expect that the
transition will be complete by mid-June!
After compiling online and mail-in nominations we can
now report that:
19 states (and the District of Columbia) did not meet the
financial criteria outlined in the MOU: AK, DE, D.C., HI, ID, IA, ME, MA, MS,
MT, NH, NM, ND, RI, SD, UT, VT, WV, WY
32 states qualified for a total of 50 delegates: AL AZ, AR,
CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, KS, LA, MD, MI, MO, MN, NE, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA,
SC, TX, VA, WA, WI.
Of these 32:
- 4 states received 0 delegate nominations: CT, IN, KT,
- 8 states had all nominees either withdraw, fail to return
their Delegate Pledge or fail to provide a viable communication vehicle
(email/address): AR, CA, MD, NV, OR, PA, WA, WI
- 27 nominees or their nominator withdrew the delegate’s
- 16 state’s delegates have now been certified as elected due
to their total qualified nominee count equaling the state’s total delegate
- 4 states had more delegate nominees than the state’s total
delegate count and are proceeding to a formal election: AL, FL, IL, TX
For these 4 states who are proceeding to election, it will
take place over the next couple of weeks and will be managed by SimplyVoting.com.
A list of the individuals from the 16 states whose delegates
have now been certified, and the 4 states whose delegate nominees will be
participating in the upcoming election may be viewed
here. And you may view the
biographies and statements of the newly certified
delegates and nominees standing for election here.
This has been a remarkable process that will soon begin
defining the future of the FairTax movement. Many of you played an integral part
by nominating delegate nominees from your state.
On behalf of the current board and the
entire FairTax team, congratulations to all of the nominators and nominees. We
applaud the confidence the nominators have in the leadership abilities of each
of the delegate nominees, and appreciate the ongoing sacrifices that you and so
many other FairTax supporters make each and every day in order to realize our
dream of a FairTax for all.
Finally, this weekend is Mother’s Day. Abraham Lincoln
once said, "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
My mother had her heavenly homecoming in 2011, and I miss her more than I ever
imagined I could. To all of our FairTax mothers, may you know on this day and
every day, the love and admiration that we children hold for the one that has
given so much to make us who we are. Happy Mother’s Day.
Until next week,
FairTax Endorsement And Support Policy
As private citizens, FairTax supporters are passionate and
involved in a variety of causes, public policy issues and business ventures
outside the FairTax campaign including:
- Partisan political parties
- Partisan candidates for elected office
- Public policy initiatives other than the FairTax
- For-profit initiatives including start-ups, investments,
stock opportunities and initial public offerings (IPOs)
- Product and book endorsements
However, AFFT is a single issue, Section 501(c)(4), tax-exempt,
nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots organization solely dedicated to replacing
the current tax system with the FairTax Plan (H.R. 25/S. 122). As such, AFFT and all management, staff,
volunteers and agents must, in all endeavors, comply with all federal
To ensure that we all comply with the regulations governing
AFFT, we encourage and ask all FairTax volunteers and supporters to read and
familiarize yourself with the AFFT Endorsement and Support Policy, which may be
read or downloaded by clicking here.
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The FairTax Act In The Media
Join the Revolution: Abolish the IRS – The
…They must be stopped. They will only be stopped when the
bold step forth to stop them.
America does, of course, need revenue to fund the legitimate
functions of our government. How to do that is a debate for another time. There
are several serious tax reform proposals on the table. My favorite is the
FairTax. I think it will win the debate.
But first you must force that debate. And the way to force
that debate is to abolish the IRS.
This isn’t complicated. This is not a public issue that can
be taken out of context. It comes down to one question for every candidate for
office. “Will you vote to abolish the IRS or not?”…
FairTax hosts 4th Congressional District candidate forum - KEPRTV
…At least 14 others will be vying for your vote to represent
the 4th District in Congress. Tuesday night, one of the first forums in the
Tri-Cities was held by the group FairTax.
We've all heard the saying, "The only constants in life are death and
taxes," and it was the latter that had this group up in arms. Four
candidates and one representative were ready to tackle the questions presented
by local FairTax members, a group aimed at replacing all federal income taxes
with a flat 23 percent sales tax.
Understanding The FairTax Webinar
With May's Additional Topic: The true cost of our income tax - or why the current income tax is so inefficient
When: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 8 pm Eastern, 7 pm Central, 6 pm Mountain, 5 pm
Where: At your personal computer, anywhere!
Why: To provide a LIVE, 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 & Host from Orlando, Florida. Our webinars are vital to educating honest tax payers. We help build the knowledge base of those on the front lines as well as those wanting to know what the FairTax is about.
participate, register here and watch for the confirmation email. For
more information contact Larry Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org