June 20, 2014 - Share on
Washington, Here We Come!
Last weekend was a watershed moment for Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT).
The transition of governance is complete! Leadership of the FairTax® campaign
is now with a decentralized team of empowered representatives from across the
country – individuals you nominated and elected.
These 32 delegates, who serve as your representatives and voice,
gathered in Houston, TX to:
- Articulate a clear, simple and unifying Mission: Pass the FairTax®
- Establish a motivating Vision (see below)
- Elect a chairman, executive committee and officers
- Identify 9 work groups and their leaders
As your elected leaders, we are committed to work tirelessly on a
volunteer basis to ensure that we achieve our mission and realize our vision.
We will do our best to serve you.
It was thrilling to see and hear the renewed and reinvigorated level of
energy and commitment demonstrated by so many members and supporters of the
We look forward to working with every one of you to ensure that your leadership
hears your voice, and your passion is channeled effectively toward enacting the
To that end, we need your continued, active support if our vision is to
become a reality. We have accomplished much in the past. Now, we have an
unprecedented opportunity to leverage that work to victory. Social media
provides our grassroots efforts with unprecedented opportunities to mobilize
more quickly and more effectively than ever before.
power is truly in your hands!
It is time for our lawmakers to hear what the American people have known
all along - America needs the FairTax. Please join us as we breathe new life
into the efforts to enhance the well being of so many Americans.
On Friday night, the new directors honored the outgoing AFFT board for
everything it had accomplished, and thanked them for placing the governance of
AFFT in the hands of the grassroots-elected delegates.
U.S. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), a co-sponsor of H.R. 25, gave
an inspiring keynote address expressing his optimism that we can accelerate
progress toward enactment of the FairTax. He stressed that there are many
members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, who may not be willing to
co-sponsor the legislation but who will vote for its enactment. And, he pledged
his continued support for the legislation.
On Saturday morning, with Steve Hayes presiding as the temporary
chairman of the meeting, the elected delegates accepted their positions as the
new board of directors of AFFT.
Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-7) and Congressman Tom Price (GA-6) addressed
the meeting by phone, answering questions about how AFFT and its members can be
more effective in promoting the FairTax.
Dan Mastromarco, AFFT trustee and co-author of H.R. 25,
explained how the committees that score tax legislation for Congress are using
an improper method to compare the economic impact of tax systems. He explained the changes needed to
ensure that FairTax and other tax systems are properly and
Dr. Karen Walby, AFFT director of research and chief
economist, is preparing a summary of Mr. Mastromarco’s recommendations, which
may be shared with our respective members of Congress. Once these basic changes
are made, Congress will clearly see how superior the FairTax Plan is to the
present income tax system.
On Sunday, the board adopted the following new AFFT MISSION
and VISION statements:
MISSION: Pass the FairTax®
reinvigorated U.S. economy with millions of new, well paying jobs under a federal tax system that:
- Encourages a culture of savings and capital formation
- Provides adequate funding for current and future national spending
- Restores the freedom, dignity and privacy of the taxpayer
- Positions the U.S. to compete globally
Finally, we are pleased to announce the election of the following
Chairman and President: Steve Hayes (FL)
Vice Presidents: John Collet (KS), Phil Hinson (GA) and John Steinberger
Secretary and Treasurer: Jim Bennett (NJ) and Phil Hamman (TX),
Marilyn Rickert (IL)
Technology - Tom Brown (GA), Chairman
Planning - Phil Hinson (GA), Chairman
- Randy Fischer (FL) and John Steinberger (SC), Co-Chairmen
- Laura McCue (NC) and Lori Klein-Corbin (AZ), Co-Chairwomen
Marv Kuhn (TX), Chairman
- Marilyn Reichert (IL), Chairwoman
Credentials, Organization and Structure - Jim Bennett (NJ), Chairman
Research - Dr. Karen Walby (FL), Chairwoman
Congressional Liaison - Bob Frenzel (VA), Chairman
Workgroups are seeking volunteers.
If you are interested and can contribute time and talent to
one or more of these groups, please contact the chairperson or email Aaron
Schutte at aaron @fairtax.org and he will
forward your email to the appropriate chairperson.
In summary, attendees departed Houston confident that AFFT has
entered a new era; an era where AFFT members in the states elect AFFT’s
directors, and where elected directors are truly responsive to their members.
But make no mistake. The future of the FairTax now belongs
to us. It is only with the participation and support of each and every one of
you - the grassroots - that we will realize the success America so desperately
We hope you share our enthusiasm for the future and that you
will work with us to Pass the FairTax!
Yours in the FairTax,
AFFT Board of Directors