AFP ads to tout impact of NC tax reform

Posted May 20, 2014

— Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative group funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch, is launching a new statewide media campaign praising the tax overhaul that the General Assembly passed last year.

The campaign, which AFP officials announced in a news conference Tuesday morning, includes a television ad that will run for three weeks across the state, as well as radio ads and town hall events statewide.

Officials would not disclose the cost of the campaign, which is funded by AFP Foundation.

John Dudley, AFP’s state director in North Carolina, said the campaign highlights the benefits of the tax reform, including a dip in state unemployment rates, which have slipped beneath the national average.

Dudley said the overhaul slashes rates for all taxpayers and trades an outdated, complex tax code for a simplified system.

“These changes have helped improve the overall economic climate for North Carolina, but we believe that these successes in large part have gone unnoticed,” Dudley said.

He said the tax reform has made North Carolina more friendly to businesses and to workers.

“This year, their paycheck is bigger because of the actions taken by the governor and the General Assembly last year,” Dudley said.

The TV ad focuses on the state’s lower jobless rate, but as the state economy continues to lag, questions remain as to how the long-term unemployed -- those who have been out of work for a long time and have given up the job search -- are counted within that total.

“The labor force is smaller, so they’re basically determining the percentage of a smaller base,” said Senate Minority Leader Dan Blue, D-Wake.


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  • Pensive01 May 20, 2014

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    I would just point out that both you, and the source you get your figures from, merely imply the purposes for which those donations might be used. On the other hand AFP has already spent 40 million dollars on just attack ads, in this election cycle, for the sole purpose of effecting the outcomes of those elections. That does not does not include future spending on attack ads for the general election, or spending funds on conservative groups. Do I really need to spell out that there is a difference in raising money for policy and advocacy groups, whom may or may not use that money to fund their own election ads, and directly spending money aimed at directly effecting an elections outcome, for which AFP has budgeted 125 million dollars for 2014 and that is entirely apart from any money they might be raising for any policy and advocacy groups they might be supporting.

  • Atheistinafoxhole May 20, 2014

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    You DO know that the Washington Free Beacon is a product of the 501(c)4 organization, Center for American Freedom - a conservative political organization, right? So, they are NOT a news organization, but a political operation: you read the article and the "documents" they report? There is no link to George Soros anywhere in the documents or the article. It seems the "A secretive dark money group backed by George Soros and other liberal mega-donors" which you clearly stole without citing the source is designed to stir interest, but fails to deliver any actual evidence of anything other than standard fundraising methods common to politics.

    Where are you on that?

  • Atheistinafoxhole May 20, 2014

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    Yep, as seen in Kansas.

  • redfish May 20, 2014

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    That's because the legislature decided to keep taxing each dollar earned and spent twice. I doubt anyone in the legislature is bold enough to say, lets tax a dollar one time and only one time

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone May 20, 2014

    Hey AFP my taxes went UP. Thanks for nothing GOP.

  • rand321 May 20, 2014

    They reformed taxes, but failed to create a system of state government suited for a modern NC and not one of the early 20th century. State government still needs to be structured to adapt to the way NC's live now and not in the past. Then adapt the tax system to fairly provide the revenues to pay for the state operations.

  • Jeremy Gilchrist May 20, 2014
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    It is bad enough Art Pope bought power in NC but now you have the Kochs getting involved. Get the money out!

  • Kenny Dunn May 20, 2014
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    True for many people but those like myself. We only spend ~30% of our income so our taxes do decrease. This is the bit the GOP like to leave out. Those who spend 70%-100% of their income will absolutely pay more (don't hold me to the exact % but you get the idea).

    It's obvious who the 'reform' helps.

  • dib May 20, 2014

    I hope the talk about the increased energy tax and the tax on hybrid and electric cars. Don't forget the taxes on services too! We will be paying more with the reforms. Not less.

  • Greg Boop May 20, 2014
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    The Republican "tax reform" has been a disaster for North Carolina. it has reduced revenue collection by over 400 Million dollars.