Talk to Congress
Send a message to Congress and tell them to give the FairTax a chance! Old-fashioned letter campaigns still can make a difference. It’s like water dripping on a stone. The more individuals, like yourself, that contact their representatives, just means they can’t step over and ignore that pond of water. And, to be honest, we’d be delighted with a flood! We’ve made it easy for you. Click on the button below and follow the steps. We’ve drafted an email that you can personalize. We do ask that you take a few minutes to review the guidelines from which FairTax.org operates. Our goal is to be above board in all that we do and we hope that’s your goal as well. Let’s get started!
FairTax Candidate/Campaign Guidelines
It’s important for our activists to understand the guidelines we follow. AFFT, operating from FairTax.org,
- … must not advocate the election or defeat of a candidate for public office.
- … may not make any monetary contributions to political candidates.
- … must not provide anything of value to a candidate or a candidate’s campaign for public office, or to a political party.
- … should 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 the public policy initiative.
- … should not favor any candidate, political party, or incumbent over another.
- … should strive to be only factual, and not to characterize candidates’ statements, writings, or positions on the FairTax.
- … members may be active in campaigns as individuals, but never as representatives of FairTax.org.
- … should strive to be 100 percent evenhanded when approaching and briefing candidates or members of political parties.
- … must make any and all information that is available to one member of the public available to all members of the public.
Guidelines Questions & Answers
Q. Can a paid FairTax.org staff member work for the advocacy of a candidate?
A. If you are being paid by FairTax.org [“on the clock”], you should not be engaging in any “express advocacy” activity for or against any candidate. If you are a volunteer for FairTax.org, then it doesn’t matter. The key is money. FairTax.org must not spend money directly or indirectly in support or opposition to a candidate.
Q. Can a FairTax.org staff member be a paid staff member of any candidate?
A. This is not a good practice. In theory someone can consult with both as long as there is a true separation of time, well documented.
Q. Can a FairTax.org staff member volunteer on a candidate’s campaign?
A. Yes, as long as the volunteer activity is not supported in any way by FairTax.org funds.
Q. If the answer above is yes, then how do they differentiate this to the individual they are communicating with? How big a sign do they need to carry saying that they are acting on their own behalf and not for FairTax.org?
A. A FairTax.org staff member or volunteer does not wear a large “FairTax.org” mark on their forehead, thus disqualifying them from any other constitutionally protected activity. Once again, the legal question is whether or not FairTax.org funds, either through salary payments or reimbursements or staff time, are being used to expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate. This is what must be avoided, not the volunteer time of a person who also happens to volunteer for FairTax.org, or who is volunteering on their own time separate from employment with FairTax.org. It comes down to the facts, and how well documented the facts are.
Q. On Election Day is there any problem with volunteers being at the polls handing out FairTax educational material or putting up FairTax yard signs as long as they stay within the laws of how close they can be to the polling location?
A. Yes, this is OK, but it cannot be coordinated with a candidate and the volunteers can only hand out info on the FairTax; they may not include a brochure for or against a candidate or that mentions a candidate.
Americans For Fair Taxation (FairTax.org) educates all members of the public, including elected and appointed public officials, candidates for public office, and their constituents on the FairTax in an endeavor to gain support for the FairTax program (HR 25 and S 122). FairTax.org is a nonpartisan organization that does not advocate the election or defeat of a candidate for public office. FairTax.org does not favor any candidate, political party, or incumbent over another. FairTax.org provides information, briefing materials, public policy data, and research to members of all political parties.