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Ryan praises conservative group’s efforts to promote tax reform

Greg Nash

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is praising the American Action Network’s (AAN) multimillion-dollar effort to promote tax reform, as Republicans and outside groups work to get constituents behind the GOP’s tax-rewrite plans over the August recess.

“A simpler, fairer tax system that puts working families first will strengthen our economy and create more jobs,” Ryan said in a statement tweeted Tuesday from his personal account. “I am encouraged to see the Middle Class Growth Initiative, and American Action Network, working to give their voice to this critical issue, and I’m pleased for such allies and supportive efforts.” 

AAN, a House GOP leadership-aligned group that promotes conservative policies, announced its Middle-Class Growth Initiative earlier this week. It said it plans to spend $5 million over the August recess to help make the case for changes that lower taxes for the middle class and small businesses.

{mosads}The group is starting with a $1 million radio ad campaign, and will later expand to television and digital ads and direct mail. AAN will also help to create a “big presence” at town halls in support of tax reform, the group’s executive director, Corry Bliss, said.

As Congress moves forward with legislation, AAN is prepared to spend additional funds on its campaign. Bliss said the group plans to spend upwards of $20 million before Thanksgiving.

For Ryan to issue a statement in support of AAN’s efforts “speaks volumes as to how important the movement to cut taxes for working families is and to the role that the American Action Network will play in that movement,” Bliss told The Hill.

Ryan has worked to rally business leaders and workers behind tax reform. Over the past several months, the Speaker has delivered remarks at manufacturing facilities across the country, and he is expected to continue to hold events on tax reform over the recess. Other lawmakers and President Trump are also expected to argue to voters that it’s important to overhaul the tax code this year.

AAN is one of several outside groups that have launched efforts to get voters excited about tax reform. Other groups with tax-reform campaigns include the Business Roundtable and the groups in Charles and David Koch’s network.

–This report was updated at 11:56 a.m. 

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