Progressive groups launch 'We Paid More' campaign in response to Trump taxes report

Progressive groups launch 'We Paid More' campaign in response to Trump taxes report
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A coalition of progressive groups on Monday launched an initiative to make the case that the tax code is too favorable to the wealthy after The New York Times's bombshell report last week that President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE, a billionaire, only paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.

The "We Paid More" initiative, which is being rolled out less than a month before the presidential election, will include a six-figure ad campaign that will highlight the stories of middle-class workers who have paid more in federal income taxes than Trump. The campaign will also highlight ways that wealthy Americans avoid taxes, the groups said.

Groups involved in the campaign include Tax March, Americans for Tax Fairness and the Patriotic Millionaires.


“Donald Trump’s taxes are the clearest example of how broken and corrupt our tax system truly is,” Tax March executive director Maura Quint said in a news release.

The Times reported last week that for most years from 2000 through 2017, Trump did not pay anything in federal income taxes, in part because he had significant business losses.

Trump has pushed back on the article — saying during last week's presidential debate that he's paid millions in federal income taxes — but he remains the first president in decades who hasn't released any of his tax returns.

The Times's article has prompted Democrats to renew their calls for increasing taxes on the rich and for boosting the IRS's budget for enforcement.

"It's absurd that rich people like me pay lower tax rates than most normal Americans," Patriotic Millionaires Chair Morris Pearl said. "Donald Trump's tax returns should be a call-to-arms for hard working Americans who pay their fair share to stand up and demand a tax system that treats everyone fairly, no matter how rich they are. No more special treatment for freeloading millionaires."