Conservative group launches tax-reform initiative

Conservative group launches tax-reform initiative
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The American Action Network (AAN) is launching a new initiative to advocate for tax reform and is planning to spend $5 million on the effort over the August recess.

The conservative group's Middle-Class Growth Initiative will start with a $1 million radio ad campaign that urges support for tax cuts for families and small businesses. The ads are slated to run in 34 districts, including those of Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE (R-Wis.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyGOP eyes limits on investor tax break Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot Swing-seat Republicans squirm over GOP tax plan MORE (R-Texas) and a number of GOP House members whose seats are being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“As leaders in Congress debate our broken tax code, AAN will spearhead an aggressive advertising effort across key congressional districts nationwide to ensure lawmakers make reform a priority and America gets a tax code that puts middle-class families and job creators first," AAN Executive Director Corry Bliss said in a news release. "This is an opportunity for Americans across the country to unify behind prosperity and growth for all and we look forward to being part of that conversation.”

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The new initiative comes days after congressional GOP leaders and the White House released a joint statement about tax-reform principles they share. GOP lawmakers are planning to make the case for tax reform during the August recess, and the tax-writing committees are expected to release legislation in the fall.

AAN, which is allied with Ryan, is one of a number of outside groups that has tax-reform advocacy efforts planned for August. Others organizations who have launched tax-reform campaigns include the Business Roundtable and groups affiliated with wealthy GOP donors Charles and David Koch.

AAN has previously run digital ads on tax reform featuring Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former Congressional Budget Office director and adviser to Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign.