FairTax response to inaccurate Politico story
For Immediate Release
Below is a Letter to the Editor that Americans for Fair Taxation submitted to Politico.com about their recent, inaccurate story on the FairTax. We are releasing this letter because the online story has run (and is still available on Politico.com's website) and we believe that it is imperative that correct facts about Americans for Fair Taxation's mission and activities during the upcoming Iowa Straw Poll be available online as well.
Letter to the Editor
Friday’s article “Americans for Fair Taxation backs Cain,” and Politico.com’s subsequent update contained a significant factual error and misrepresented the efforts of Americans for Fair Taxation (AFFT) at the upcoming Iowa Straw Poll on August 11, in Ames, Iowa. AFFT is a non-partisan, 501c4 that does not advocate the election or defeat of any candidate for public office. Let me be clear, AFFT does not now nor has it ever favored, endorsed or backed any one candidate, political party or incumbent over another. We do not make monetary contributions to political candidates and expressly state in guidelines published on our website (www.fairtax.org) that “FairTax.org must not spend money directly or indirectly in support or opposition to a candidate.”
AFFT’s mission is to actively educate all members of the public and media, and all candidates for public office about the merits of H.R. 25, “The Fair Tax Act of 2011.” As such we provide information, briefing materials, public policy data and research to members of all political parties, the media and the public at large.
In 2007, then-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was (and remains) a very vocal supporter of the FairTax. As candidate Huckabee, he publicly stated, “Now I realize that the FairTax organization does not endorse candidates, but let me be very clear, I endorse you.” In 2012, current presidential candidate Herman Cain has been and continues to be a very strong supporter of the FairTax. AFFT will strive to educate all members of the public, including candidates for public office and their prospective constituents, on the FairTax in an endeavor to gain support for this public policy initiative.
Cynthia T. Canevaro
National Campaign Manager
Americans for Fair Taxation (AFFT)