One million strong, rocking DC!

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

Leadership guru Ken Blanchard said, “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” That’s an interesting concept when thinking about how best to advance the FairTax®.

Certainly, Congress has the upper hand on We the People when it comes to sheer authority. And for what authority they may lack, Members have perfected the art of using the IRS as a tidy little enforcement mechanism. 

So that brings us back to influence. How can We the People really influence the Members of Congress who stand between the income tax and passage of the FairTax® Plan? 

To answer that question, one must first ask, who actually has influence on Members of Congress?

Late last year Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research conducted a poll and asked that question. Sadly, constituents ranked themselves at the bottom of the barrel (11 percent) feeling they had little to no influence on the very people they elected to represent them. Who came in first? Why K-street lobbyists of course, by a whopping 65 percent. And who came in second on the influence peddling quotient? Campaign contributors at 52 percent.

This makes sense because the only thing that Members of Congress fear is that the electorate may throw them out. Lobbyists and campaign contributors provide the money to help the Members overwhelm their opponents and be reelected.

However, since often only 40,000 people vote in Congressional primary elections, money is not enough. They love the money but they fear associations with paid members residing in their district. The most effective groups and lobbyists are the ones that have the advantage of pointing to paid members who are passionate about an issue and who will favor the candidate that supports their issue.

That’s why Americans For Fair Taxation® has recently launched a new paid membership drive with a goal of signing up one million paid FairTax members. 

Imagine the voice that one million paid FairTax members will have in Congress! You are already putting the pressure on Members; with one million paid FairTaxers you will really turn up the heat. Now that’s exciting!

To make it as easy as possible for one million patriots to join the FairTax movement, we have created multiple membership plans to fit everyone’s budget – from a $5 student to a $500 Patron – and everything in between. And if you really want to magnify your impact, consider sponsoring a membership for friends and family, but first share the good news of the FairTax with them to ensure they want to become a member.

To become a FairTax member, simply go to FairTax.org and click on the gold “Become a Member” button in the upper left corner. Complete the form and take pride in helping the FairTax campaign do what no other tax reform movement has done in the history of tax reform advocacy.

Alan Watts said, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance.” Paid membership is a major change for the FairTax campaign. It is a change that will reap incredible benefits as soon as we reach the critical mass needed to get all Members’ attention. I invite you to take the plunge and join the dance.  

Together we will PASS THE FAIRTAX!

Until next week,

Cindy Canevaro
Executive Director

Two Big Announcements

“A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” – Proverb

Yesterday, in a blockbuster announcement, Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in a sworn lawsuit declaration that former IRS senior manager Lois Lerner’s now infamous BlackBerry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.”

The magnitude of lies, deceit and corruption is incredible isn’t it? But that’s how it is when an out-of-control bureaucracy does the political bidding of Congress.

Thankfully, the FairTax® will eliminate the IRS and replace the income tax code with a simple and fair national sales tax. For the first time in 200 years, the American people wil have independence from oppressive income taxation.

Much like when Gandhi sought independence for India and Pakistan and when asked about his non-violent protest in support of that goal he said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

For years, Washington’s elites have ignored, laughed and even fought the FairTax Plan. But as the IRS targeting investigation has unfolded, the laughing has all but stopped and the FairTax is being talked about more and more as a viable alternative to the current tax code.

More importantly, “experts” are openly discussing it as the only tax reform plan that can eliminate a completely corrupt and out-of-control IRS. 

Meanwhile, during this election year, most members of Congress continue to operate with their usual level of arrogance; acting like they own their elected office. Yet, make no mistake; they secretly fear being ousted in any primary election when their electorate finally gets smart. Just ask former Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

The ouster numbers, however, are not currently in favor of We the People.

As the Washington Post stated in June, “Overall, voter turnout among the 25 states that have held primaries is down 18 percent from the 2010 election, according a study by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate. There were almost 123 million age-eligible voters in these primary states, but only about 18 million of them voted.” With an average of 15% of the eligible voters turning out in primary elections, an average of 40,000 voters decided the primary election.

A new initiative in the FairTax campaign aims to change that dynamic. 

We know that Members are most influenced by groups that have large numbers of paying members in their districts. Imagine the influence on just one Congressional district if AFFT had 3,000 paying members who could influence 1, 5, or 10 voters. Now we have their attention!

As a 501(c)(4), AFFT cannot directly participate in political campaigns, but we can let our supporters know if a candidate supports the FairTax Plan. And, those supporters can take that knowledge to the election booth.

Today, AFFT is announcing a new AFFT membership drive designed to increase our sphere of influence in Washington and accelerate passage of the FairTax. 

Each of you is being asked to become a paying member of AFFT. Annual membership plans begin at $5.00 and best of all, your membership payment will be divided equally between AFFT and your state FairTax organization!

Your membership will help fund greater efforts at both the local and national levels. And, in exchange for your paid membership, you will receive a credit in the FairTax.org store equal to 10% of your paid membership.

And here’s how you can multiply your membership impact and AFFT’s ability to make Congress listen. Think of 5 or 10 family members, employees or friends and sponsor them for AFFT membership! Please make sure you let these individuals know in advance that you would like to sponsor their membership so they do not hit “unsubscribe” or “spam” when we begin providing them with information on the FairTax Plan.

You will get store credit, your state will still receive their share of your membership and you will have magnified your impact!

Napoleon Hill said, “You must get involved to have an impact.”

Don’t delay – go to FairTax.org and click on “Become a Member” today.

Until next week,
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Cindy Canevaro
Executive Director

Keep Burger King in the USA

Augusta Free Press

…If we stop taxing BK and instead tax the customer, we arrive at the same result. But why should we change? Because taxing BK taxes productivity, and taxing the customer taxes consumption – but the customer will have the same purchasing power. We stop taxing the customer’s income too. If we change, Tim Hortons will re-domicile in the US rather than BK re-domicile to Canada.

Will the plan work? Peer-reviewed academic and market research says yes. Is there a proposal in Congress today to change our tax code to keep BK in the US? Indeed there is. The Fair Tax Act of 2013, with 87 sponsors, replaces Subtitles A, B and C of the Internal Revenue Code with a national tax on all services and all new tangible goods sold at retail to a consumer in the United States.

The FairTax®, as the bill is known, also phases out the IRS over a three-year period and requires the destruction of its records of “ABC” taxes, except those records needed to calculate Social Security Benefits and to support ongoing litigation. A Family Consumption Allowance assures that lawful residents of the United States, regardless of income, pay no tax on essential consumption up to the poverty level. To learn more, go to www.fairtax.org.

– Jim Bennett

This article is published in full, here.

 The IRS’ Strange Bedfellows

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi

In December 2013, 70 million customers of Target were notified of a massive security breach after Target’s credit card systems were hacked. Customers sent the retailing giant a swift message that not protecting their personal information was unacceptable. They voiced their displeasure in social and traditional medias and went to court.

According to Forbes, their punitive actions have had a significant effect on Target’s bottom line. In addition to “slashing their second quarter earnings per share guidance”, Target has “incurred gross expenses of $148 million in actual and potential breach-related claims.” And they add the company is still struggling to attract new customers.

That’s the way it is in the private sector. The customer drives accountability. They demand it.

Not so in areas of our government. Last week the IRS Inspector General (IG) announced the IRS exposed the private financial and social security information of millions of taxpayers to fraud and abuse by failing to follow IRS policy. That policy required the IRS to conduct background checks on agency contractors having access to taxpayer financial information. However, the IRS inspector general found that out of 34 contracts active in May of 2013, five were operating without the required reviews.

According to CBS news online, the IRS

  • Used a courier to transport sensitive documents who previously had spent 21 years in prison on arson and other charges, and
  • Gave a printing contractor a computer disk with names, addresses and Social Security numbers of 1.4 million taxpayers without requiring a background check for anyone who worked on the job

The IRS gave a standard (pardon the yawn) “it takes seriously its responsibility to protect taxpayer information, and we expect the same from our contractors” response.

Both Target and the IRS failed to protect the private financial information that their customers entrusted to them. But with Target, the We the People brought swift and severe consequences for Target’s failure.

At the IRS customers have no standing – no redress when the agency’s employees put their personal financial information at risk for fraud and abuse. You see the IRS operates with complete and total arrogance and impunity. They have made it abundantly clear they are accountable to no one; not Congress and certainly not American citizens.

But rest assured, when Congress responds to an outrage and starts an investigation, some things do change at the IRS. Employees retire on full pensions; memories of all the responsible parties become selective; emails are lost and hard-drives crash. It’s the IRS way – no one is ever responsible.

And because they collect the money our country desperately needs, Congress won’t push them too hard either. In fact, the Congress and the IRS are strange bedfellows. The Congress needs the IRS for the loopholes and exemptions that help fund reelection campaigns, which the IRS knows and uses to their maximum advantage. This advantage ensures that Congress too fears the IRS. Neat and tidy isn’t it?

The solution is Congress must enact H.R. 25 / S. 122, “The FairTax Act of 2013”.

The FairTax® replaces the current federal income tax with a single rate national consumption tax. More importantly, it disbands, defunds and eliminates the IRS.

Imagine – instead of paying federal taxes with a tax code over 74,000 pages long, the American people would simply pay their federal FairTax every time they purchase new goods and services! As a result, with the FairTax our nation will begin a new era of accountability in government when the people see the taxes they pay on every register receipt.

No individual and no entity should ever be given a free pass when it comes to being held accountable for their actions, including the IRS.  Or, as Thomas Paine said, “A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”

It is time the American people have a tax system that they can trust – a tax system that is fair, simple and transparent, and subject to the accountability of you, the customer and the taxpayer.

Until next week,
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Cindy Canevaro

Executive Director

Here’s What You Want

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

Earl Nightingale said, “Everything begins with an idea.”  Last week we asked for your input on how to improve FairTax.org.

Your passion for the FairTax® showed though your great ideas to improve the website and the actions you believe will help get HR 25 passed.

The grassroots leadership team is very encouraged by your suggestions, and today, we want to share a sampling of the recommendations you sent. While we share these few, rest assured all of your thoughts have been shared with the entire board of directors and are actively being studied and discussed.

FairTax.org

  • A checklist on the progress of HR 25
  • A description of the steps required in Congress for the FairTax to become law
  • Links to major news outlets
  • Slow down the homepage slides – more bullet points
  • Provide a list of Members of Congress and where they stand on the FairTax.  Consider rating them.
  • Bring back the FairTax calculator
  • Consolidate the FAQ, eliminate repetitive questions and answers
  • Provide a list of key committees in Congress central to getting the FairTax passed

FairTax Organization

  • Implement a communication system for FairTax leaders
  • Provide information on how donations are spent

FairTax Education

  • Provide more detail on how the flat tax and FairTax differ
  • Provide a simple summary of just the advantages of the FairTax
  • List of where candidates stand on the FairTax
  • Keep the FairTax non-partisan. Special effort should be taken to highlight issues of interest to those on the left of the political spectrum

FairTax Store

  • Stock an “Abolish the IRS” bumper sticker
  • Make the fonts easier to read

Finally, you highlighted areas where you would like fresh, new content in FairTax white papers. You asked how financial trends in the retail sector impact revenue collected by the FairTax, if the FairTax impacts government corruption, and the how the FairTax can positively impact the environment.

More changes are coming to the FairTax campaign. In the next few weeks we will be adding a new “Chairman’s Report” in FairTax Friday where FairTax Chairman and CEO Steve Hayes will be sharing his and the board of directors’ perspectives and activities. You may have already noticed some changes in our FairTax Facebook page. Our communications and marketing committee, under the leadership of committee chairman Randy Fisher is working with Maguire Media Partners to develop a new and aggressive social media strategy.

Our IT and Database Committee under the leadership of committee chairman Tom Brown continues refining FairTax.org and the new Trail Blazer database. And our Strategic Planning and Budget Committee, under the leadership of Phil Hinson, is assembling a new strategic direction for the national campaign.

Other committees including membership, Congressional Relations and fundraising are also eagerly continuing their work and we will be sharing more about their plans in future editions of FairTax Friday.

Ryunosuke Satoro summed up the power of your suggestions best when he said, “Individually we are a drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro
Executive Director

Rolling on to Washington!

“Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One with the other is worthless. – Tim Blixseth

Thomas Jefferson said, “Every generation needs a new revolution.” If there is one grievance deserving a revolt of the citizens, it is the income tax and the IRS. Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT) and the new grassroots leadership team is leading the way for a tax reform revolution with the FairTax® campaign.

The initial step – moving FairTax.org and the AFFT database has been completed. Although the rebuilding of document links and individual web pages will continue for several weeks, you will find the main pages and donation and membership buttons are now fully functioning.

We need to hear from you!

As our work progresses, we need your input.  Please help us by letting us know the following:

  • What do you want in your FairTax.org website?
  • What do you like the most and least about FairTax.org?
  • What information do you find most useful, least useful?
  • What home page content do you think would be most helpful?
  • What information do you have difficulty finding?
  • Is there information missing you think would be especially helpful to first time visitors?
  • Are the donation and sign-up forms user friendly?

Send your thoughts and ideas to ideas@fairtax.org

Washington here we come!

Over the next few weeks your leaders will also be sharing details about our exciting plans to open a FairTax office in Washington, D.C. before the end of 2014! This effort is being spearheaded by volunteer grassroots board members Autry Pruitt (NY) and John Grafer (TX), and includes a groundbreaking program for FairTax supporters who want to be in the center of the Washington action.

Spend much time around Washington and you’ll quickly realize that those organizations that have large membership get the most attention. Put another way, Washington only respects grassroots groups with large numbers of members. As a result, we will soon be launching a new “membership” initiative that (1) allows you to help support both your national and your state FairTax organization, and (2) sends a bold new message to Washington that the FairTax campaign is the people’s tax revolution.

John Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

There are lots of changes coming to the FairTax campaign. Don’t miss out on anything, and whatever you do, make sure you are right in the middle of this generation’s greatest tax revolution – the FairTax campaign.

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro
Executive Director

Victory in Georgia! + A better FairTax.org

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

Georgia FairTax® Scores A Major Victory

The media’s eyes were on the state of Georgia this week as voters went to the polls in their Republican runoff election for the U.S. Senate. The Georgia FairTax (GFFT) organization played a pivotal role in helping educate voters on where candidates stood on the FairTax® Plan.

The monumental effort began in 2012, led by volunteer GFFT state director Jim Duffie and GFFT board chairman Bill Fogarty, when the GFFT team developed and published a comprehensive non-partisan candidate scorecard for rating candidates for elective office on their support of the FairTax.

In preparation for the 2014 election, GFFT volunteers began identifying and contacting candidates from both the Republican and Democrat parties. In addition, they researched positions of candidates on tax reform, volunteering hundreds of hours to bird-dog candidates and document what they actually said about tax reform during campaign stump speeches.

The team then offered candidates from both political parties a telephonic or in-person briefing on what the FairTax is, how it differs from proposed flat and current income tax systems and if desired, how to defend it from attacks.

Thanks to the generosity of GA FairTax supporters, all candidates who accepted the GFFT FairTax briefing were given a specially prepared binder containing copies of the FairTax white papers submitted to the 2013 U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Tax Reform Study Group. These binders were a labor of love by GFFT volunteers and left a very strong impression on candidates regarding the depth of research that has gone into the FairTax legislation.

U.S. Senate candidate David Purdue accepted GFFT’s in-person offer, and went on to request an extended briefing with Phil Hinson and other GFFT leaders to ensure he understood the details of the legislation.

Perdue then made it a point to address tax reform while on the stump, noting that he was “a fighter for the FairTax.” Purdue’s diligence in learning about and fighting for the FairTax paid off when he was declared the victor in Tuesday’s run-off election.

This outstanding team effort by the GFFT serves as a model of what can be done across the nation.

Congratulations GFFT – we are FairTax proud!

Until next week,

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Cindy Canevaro
Executive Director

“No Evidence Of Criminal Wrongdoing”

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.” – Sophocles

This week’s House Oversight Committee hearings on IRS targeting provided a unique visual spectacle at just how insular, defiant and confident the agency is in riding out the targeting scandal.

The agency’s star witness, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, smugly detailed how the agency “accidentally” lost two years of Lois Lerner and six other IRS employees’ emails.

The same emails that in March the Commissioner testified he would provide; emails sent by Lerner and team during the same period the political targeting of conservative non-profits and at least one U.S. Senator was well underway.

One particularly contentious exchange between Rep. Trey Gowdy and Commissioner Koskinen, highlighted what it is like for the American people when forced to deal with the IRS. After Commissioner Koskinen repeatedly states that he has found “no evidence of criminal wrongdoing” within the agency, Rep. Gowdy demands to know which criminal statutes he has examined to come to his conclusion. The Commissioner confidently answers none, yet boldly asserts that no criminal wrongdoing has taken place.

It is clear that as far as he is concerned, he and he alone has the final say as to what constitutes criminal wrongdoing within the IRS.   

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how an agency that Congress has allowed to operate with total and complete impunity condemns American taxpayers. If the IRS, for any reason, targets you they will act as your sole judge, jury and executioner as they met out their unchecked brand of enforcement justice.

Congress created this problem and Congress needs to now fix it. And fix it they can. There is a solution before them with 75 co-sponsors in the U.S. House – more than any other tax reform legislation. It is the FairTax® Plan. By replacing the current income tax system with the FairTax, the Congress can defund and eliminate the IRS and the systemic corruption that has plagued our nation and her people for 100 years.

The IRS cannot be fixed, repaired or rehabilitated. It is like a cancer upon this nation. Unless you eliminate every single cancer cell everywhere in the body, it will slowly destroy what it has invaded.

The FairTax is the only tax replacement plan that defunds, disbands and eliminates the IRS – in its entirety.

Now is the time for you to share the good news with the American people about the FairTax Plan. Recent polls show they are not buying what the IRS is saying about Lerner’s “lost” emails.

Don’t delay. Don’t loose this opportunity. Don’t wait another day to share this great news.

  • Contact everyone that you can think of – your friends, work associates, neighbors and social media contacts. Tell them how there is an alternative tax system before Congress that eliminates the IRS.
  • Contact your local newspaper. Share your thoughts on how the IRS failed to follow federal law in securing employee emails. Discuss what would happen if you did not secure your yearly filing documentation. Then tell them why you support the FairTax.
  • Bake a cake and invite 5 or 6 friends for dessert.  Share the FairTax, Flat Tax, income taxcomparison sheet or give them a FairTax pocket card.  Invite them to join you in the greatest tax revolution of our lifetime.
  • Give a FairTax pocket card to everyone you meet, everywhere you go! Leave a few in the doctor’s office. You can order 1,000 pocket cards for $40 at the FairTax store.
  • Send your most generous donation of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford. Please make sure that your grassroots leaders know that YOU are standing with them!

It is a great time for the FairTax movement! Just this week another member of Congress came out in support of the FairTax. Representative Scott DesJarlais (TN-4) became the record 75th co-sponsor of H.R. 25, tweeting @DesJarlaisTJN04, “Proud to co-sponsor FairTax legislation”.

He added in his announcement, “The Internal Revenue Service has shown itself to be corrupt, inept and unworthy of the responsibility the agency has been entrusted with….”

Finally, your new grassroots board of directors is hard at work defining a sweeping new strategic plan. Included in this plan is a new and commanding FairTax presence in Washington, D.C., expanded membership opportunities, enhanced fundraising capabilities and aggressive communication and marketing strategies.

Stay tuned, lots of good things are happening with the FairTax campaign.

Cindy Canevaro
Executive Director

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 FairTax®. 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 FairTax.

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.

The 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.

Houston meeting highlights:

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 fairly analyzed.

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®

VISION: A 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 priorities
  • Restores the freedom, dignity and privacy of the taxpayer and,
  • Positions the U.S. to compete globally

Finally, we are pleased to announce the election of the following leadership:

AFFT Officers

Chairman and President: Steve Hayes (FL)

Vice Presidents: John Collet (KS), Phil Hinson (GA) and John Steinberger (SC)

Secretary and Treasurer: Jim Bennett (NJ) and Phil Hamman (TX), respectively

Executive Committee:

Steve Curtis (OH)

John Grafer (TX)

Marilyn Rickert (IL)

Steve Hayes (FL)

Autry Pruitt (NY)

Workgroups

1. Database/Information Technology – Tom Brown (GA), Chairman

2. Strategic Planning – Phil Hinson (GA), Chairman

3. Communications – Randy Fischer (FL) and John Steinberger (SC), Co-Chairmen

4. Fundraising – Laura McCue (NC) and Lori Klein-Corbin (AZ), Co-Chairwomen

5. Membership: Marv Kuhn (TX), Chairman

6. Events – Marilyn Reichert (IL), Chairwoman

7. Rules, Credentials, Organization and Structure – Jim Bennett (NJ), Chairman

8. Economic Research – Dr. Karen Walby (FL), Chairwoman

9. Grassroots 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 needs.

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

Earthquakes Happen

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” – Frederick Douglass

These days we Oklahomans are constantly reminded of the golden oldie, “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”

No, we’re not dancing; we’re having one earthquake after another. In fact, the Washington Post recently reported “there were 183 quakes in Oklahoma with at least a 3.0 magnitude between October 2013 and April 14, 2014.”

A national earthquake made even bigger news on Tuesday – a political earthquake of literally stunning proportions. In Tuesday’s Virginia 7th congressional primary, unknown and sparsely funded economics professor Dave Brat knocked out incumbent House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Given how bright the lights were inside the Capitol Tuesday night, one can only guess how many members of Congress sat in a stunned stupor as We The People shifted the tectonic plates under the Capitol dome.

Imagine a challenger with no smarmy political consultants writing canned ham attack ads or a political machine bundling campaign donations, taking out the 2nd most powerful member of the United States House of Representatives!

It just doesn’t happen this way. According to CNN, Cantor spent around $100 per vote and Brat spent about $5 per vote. But it did.

Cantor’s public shellacking was especially humiliating given that this is the first time a sitting majority leader has lost a primary election since the position was created in 1899. While talking heads will pontificate for weeks, the reason Cantor is on the unemployment line is an affliction suffered by too many elected officials.

When you consistently ignore, dismiss and use public policy to punish the people who elected you, the people will have the last word. It reminds me of Bill Cosby when his TV character Dr. Cliff Huxtable told his son Theo, “I brought you into this world, and I’ll take you out!”

Ladies and gentlemen this is the terrain altering power of grassroots, and this is the kind of real power that just sent the House Majority Leader packing.

As Brat’s 23-year old campaign manager, told the Washington Examiner, their campaign was “100-percent grassroots. Grassroots, grassroots, grassroots, grassroots, grassroots.”

The FairTax® campaign is also a grassroots campaign – the largest grassroots tax replacement campaign in the country. Isn’t it going to be earth shaking when the FairTax knocks out the income tax? Washington will be shaken to its core!

Finally, tonight FairTax grassroots activists and delegates begin their national meeting in Houston, TX. The meeting begins with a dinner featuring Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) as the keynote speaker. Saturday and Sunday the newly elected delegates will get down to the business of governing Americans For Fair Taxation® as they assume their position on the board of directors.

Please keep these dedicated leaders in your thoughts and prayers as they seek to guide and direct passage of HR 25. 

And last but certainly not least, Lydia Child said, “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!” Happy Father’s Day to FairTax Fathers near and far – may you have a most blessed day on this day and always.

Until next week,

Cindy Canevaro
Executive Director