The Grassroots Corner October 16, 2023

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  • 10/16/2023

What would we do with a Million Dollars?

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Thanks to thousands like you, FAIRtax is paying its bills. Because of you, we have kept the FAIRtax movement alive, and celebrities like Mike Huckabee have noticed. I see many of your donations because I write thank-you notes.

Let’s take a moment to look back to where we were. In 2014, the wealthy businessmen in Texas who founded the FAIRtax movement handed control of their movement over to the grassroots. This event was both good and challenging. It was good because grassroots folks like you and me had a say in how we would move the FAIRtax forward. Those like you who support the FAIRtax movement got to decide how we proceed. With an organization responsive to the grassroots, we have, for example, prioritized state-level FAIRtax initiatives in Alabama and Nebraska. We anticipate a referendum in Nebraska next year, spearheaded by Rob Rohrbough and Earl Visser. If successful, a referendum would put FAIRtax on the map.

We have also attracted an impressive Board of Advisors, including Mike Huckabee, Steve Moore, Professor David Kendall, former Congressman John Linder and Mo Brooks, and financiers Larry North, Robert Genetski, Chad Hagan and Jeff Carter, and former Arizona State Senator Tom Patterson.

The challenge, of course, was the loss of funding that the original founders provided.  These were quite wealthy men who supplied the millions of dollars needed to develop the system that became known as the FAIRtax.  As an entirely grassroots organization, our funding sources are much more limited.

Organizations like the AARP and the NRA represent millions of people and have multimillion-dollar budgets.  Consequently, those organizations are familiar names among the general population, and when they speak, Congress listens.

We have no doubt that there are millions of Americans who don’t know about the FAIRtax but who would love to bring home their entire paycheck with no Federal withholding or payroll taxes.  They would love getting a tax refund every month and would love to see the IRS put out of business.  The problem is that Americans For Fair Taxation (“AFFT”) doesn’t have the resources needed to reach them and educate them on what the FAIRtax would do for them.  

We’re confident that if we had the membership and the financial resources that the AARP or NRA have, Americans For Fair Taxation would probably be even more effective than they are. AFFT President Steve Hayes has been working on that problem and meeting with potential donors.

Here is where you can help. Donors are more likely to contribute when they see that we have a plan. We are developing a plan, but maybe you can make it better. Let me know how you think we should spend money for FAIRtax if we had another:
  • $100,000, either once or regularly.
  • $100,001 to $500,000, either once or regularly.
  • $500,001 to $1 million, either once or regularly.
  • Over $1 million.
Maybe we could do more to help your efforts in the field. We cannot promise to act on all of your suggestions, but we will consider your proposals thoughtfully. We have changed direction before based on input from the grassroots.

I would love to hear your ideas for spending money.
We need more of you to send in pictures and news. If you have something to share, please send your material to me,, (908) 578-4975, or fax (908) 598-2888. When others see your activity, they are inspired, and the process snowballs. When the process snowballs, Congress Members, Senators, and even the President start to listen.
Jim Bennett
AFFT Grassroots Coordinator & Secretary


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