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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 leaders.

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 directed model.

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, TN
  • 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 nomination
  • 16 state’s delegates have now been certified as elected due to their total qualified nominee count equaling the state’s total delegate count. 
  • 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,

 Cynthia T. Canevaro - Cindy

Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

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 regulations.

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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Join the Revolution: Abolish the IRSThe Blaze

…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 Pacific

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.

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

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