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 Davis RyanHow the Trump tax law passed: Dealing with a health care hangover Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee MORE (R-Wis.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Money: US trade chief casts doubt on Canada joining new deal | House panel invites Watt accuser to testify | Brady defends GOP message on tax cuts Brady defends GOP messaging on tax cuts The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump attacks second accuser | Trump UN speech takes hard line on Iran | Allies urge Trump not to fire Rosenstein 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 McCainUpcoming Kavanaugh hearing: Truth or consequences How the Trump tax law passed: Dealing with a health care hangover Kavanaugh’s fate rests with Sen. Collins MORE's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign.