Tax reform advocates, opponents rolling out new ads

Tax reform advocates, opponents rolling out new ads
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Advocates and opponents of President Trump’s plans to cut taxes are rolling out new ads in the public relations war over one of the GOP’s top priorities.

The ads come as Republicans are hoping to release legislation to overhaul the tax code in the coming weeks. Trump and other Republicans are aiming to get legislation enacted by the end of the year.

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The Job Creators Network — a group whose members include the former leaders of Best Buy and Home Depot — announced a six-figure television ad buy in an effort to urge Democratic senators up for reelection next year to back tax cuts for small businesses and the middle class.

The ad features audio and visuals of former Democratic President Kennedy, who pushed for tax cuts when he was in office. The commercial will air starting Tuesday in Washington, D.C., as well as red states with Democratic senators, such as Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

“As President Kennedy taught us, small business and middle class tax cuts are not a partisan issue,” Job Creators Network President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz said in a statement. “It’s a win-win policy that both Republicans and Democrats can get behind.”

Meanwhile, a liberal group is spending five figures on a digital ad comparing Trump’s proposed tax cuts with tax cuts in Kansas that caused the state's budgetary problems.

The Not One Penny campaign is targeting the ad at farmers, fishers, forestry workers and moderates. The ad is running in Kansas and nationally, according to a spokesperson for the group.

The ad features a Kansas farmer named Mike Fawl who voted for GOP Gov. Sam Brownback in 2010 but found himself frustrated with the revenue losses that occurred as a result of Brownback’s tax cuts.

“I'm not a politician. Never claimed to be a politician. What I see happening here in the state ... trickle down did not work,” Fawl said.

In June, the Kansas state legislature voted to roll back many of Brownback’s tax cuts.

Republicans have pushed back against the argument that the issues with Kansas’s tax cuts would repeat themselves in a federal tax bill.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) said in a Fox News op-ed last week that unlike in Kansas, congressional Republicans do not plan to lower the rate for “pass-through” businesses such as partnerships and sole proprietorships to zero. She also noted that federal tax reform will end some tax breaks, helping to raise revenue to pay for lowering tax rates.