Big Labor back at it again. Saying the Fair Tax is added to Income taxes, when the Fair Tax is to replace the Income Tax and IRS. What makes this attack add so unconscionable is Democrats are talking about a VAT, Value Added Tax, that would actually be a tax increase on all Americans.
AFSCME, the big labor union, is running a misleading ad attacking one of the GOP’s premier House candidates. In an attempt to protect a vulnerable freshman Democrat, Rep. John Boccieri of Ohio, AFSCME badly misrepresents his Republican challenger’s stance on taxation.
AFSCME’s ad says Republican challenger Jim Renacci “supports a 23 percent national sales tax,” and then shows 10 men and women reacting by calling it a bad idea and an unacceptable threat to a struggling middle class.
It’s true enough that Renacci has voiced support for the so-called “FairTax” proposal, which is billed by supporters as a 23 percent tax on sales. What the ad fails to mention is that the FairTax would replace the federal income tax and abolish the Internal Revenue Service, according to its supporters.
The union’s ad is part of a whopping $750,000 independent expenditure, one of the largest so far this year in a House race.
Renacci is campaigning to unseat freshman Boccieri in Ohio’s 16th congressional district, which includes Canton and some suburbs of Cleveland. The ad began running Aug. 9 and is sponsored by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. According to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission, AFSCME is spending $750,000 on this ad, titled “Totally Unacceptable,” and one other ad, which has yet to appear, titled “Deadbeat.”
AFSCME’s $750,000 effort is one of the largest independent efforts so far this year. But Evan Tracey of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political TV ads around the country, says it’s just a taste of things to come. “This will be one of many big buys you will see from groups this year,” Tracey said in an e-mail to FactCheck.org. “In some cases individual groups could out-spend candidates, and collectively groups will be the dominate buyer in some of the more hotly contested races this year.”