Sometimes Congress Members get to Washington and forget the promises they made once they become famous. Byron Donalds is not one of those Congress Members.
Donalds has been a FAIRtax supporter for a long time. Here is what he said last year:
“Our federal government's tax policy must be based upon the notion that that it is fundamentally immoral for the federal government to reach its hand into the pockets of the average working citizen on the 1st and 15th of every month. Until we approach tax policy in that manner, the federal government will continue taking the fruit of a man or woman's labor, with no intent of ever returning, all the while redistributing wealth in a manner consistent with of the worst of European Socialism.”
Now here comes the kicker:
“Implementing the Fair Tax will restore sovereignty to the individual once again. Implementing the Fair Tax returns the federal government to its true and proper role as a subject to the will of the people. We would see a robust economy as a byproduct of the Fair Tax, as well as sustainable high GDP growth. …. ”
But this isn’t the first time Donalds expressed support of the FAIRtax. This is what he said back in 2012:
“Replace the current tax code with the Fair Tax. The increased capital formation and business investment in America will spur the job creation we need. An efficient and transparent tax code will decrease the cost of compliance to businesses and the American people.”
Donalds has expressed support for the FAIRtax on other occasions as well.
We knew we had a winner. Donalds just needed to get elected. He ran for Congress in 2012 but did not make it through the Republican primary. In 2016 and again in 2018 Donalds was elected to the Florida House of Representatives.
He ran for Congress again in 2020, and this time he beat out eight other candidates to win the Republican primary. He had signed the FAIRtax candidate pledge back in June of 2020. Donalds handily put away his Democratic opponent in last November’s general election to become the new Representative from Florida’s 19th Congressional District. The district covers Fort Myers and Naples.
But it looked like there was a problem. Byron Donalds was quickly becoming famous. Upon assuming office, he immediately became a hot commodity in the media making numerous appearances across several different media outlets. It looked for a time like he had forgotten about us.
However, our Florida Team made sure that didn’t happen. First, The FAIRtax Guys, Ron Maiellaro and Bob Paxton, collared Donalds at CPAC in Orlando, Florida, in February 2021. Donalds assured them that he would honor his pledge and co-sponsor the FAIRtax—especially since the newly elected Representative from Florida’s Third District, Kat Cammack, was already a co-sponsor. It seems that Donalds and Cammack had established a friendly rivalry and he wasn’t going to let her get one up on him.
In March 2021, Randy Fischer reached out to Alex[a] Smith of Donalds’ office and reminded her of Donalds’ signed pledge. Smith was not aware that Donalds had signed the pledge. And you will recall from the May 3, 2021 Grassroots Corner that Mary Ann Bennett, 102, made a call to Donald’s office asking him to cosponsor the FAIRtax.
Finally, on July 21, 2021, we got the good news. Byron Donalds officially signed on as a co-sponsor of HR-25, the FAIRtax bill. While we value every co-sponsor, it’s especially nice to have a rising star like Byron Donalds on our side. We trust that he will use his numerous media opportunities to promote the FAIRtax whenever he can.
Jim Bennett, while visiting his 102-year-old mother in Donalds’ district, called Donalds’ office to thank him for co-sponsoring the bill. You can, too, from wherever you are.
Byron Donalds was born in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in Naples, Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance and marketing from Florida State University in 2002. His career experience includes working as a commercial credit officer in banking and as a portfolio manager in financial services.
Our Florida Team demonstrates the importance of persistence and follow-through.
Another model of follow-through is FAIRtax-er Doug Dash of Collingswood, New Jersey. Doug assigned himself the project of calling the offices of former cosponsors of the FAIRtax who had returned to Congress but had not yet cosponsored the FAIRtax in the current Congress. When Doug’s wife, Janet, told Doug he was a pest, Doug answered, “That's how I got you, Honey!" Doug most recently got Representatives Robert Wittman, VA-01, and Scott Des Jarlais, TN-04 back onto the bill. And Doug doesn’t even live in their states, much less their districts. The remaining holdout is Tom Emmer, MN-06. Can you help Doug?
I would love to hear your suggestions about how to get more Representatives on the bill and how to get someone to sponsor the FAIRtax in the Senate.
AFFT Grassroots Coordinator & Secretary
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