An Open Letter To The DCCC

From the Fair Tax folks.

Recent ads by the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) attacking DR. Dan Benishek have been more than a bit misleading.  This letter has been sent to the DCCC.

October 14, 2010

To the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,

FairTax takes pride in its status as a single-issue and non-partisan movement. For that reason, your committee’s false and dishonest paid advertisements attacking supporters of the FairTax legislation is profoundly disappointing. If you care about having an honest, fact-based and truthful debate about the issues, we demand that you withdraw your advertising and correct its deep flaws and outright fabrications.

Our only ambivalence in making this demand is that your advertising is helping the FairTax. By running it, you elevate the FairTax in the ranking of issues.

The problems with the ads are numerous. Most prominently, they purposely omit the fact that the FairTax would repeal all federal taxes based on income. This omission leaves the impression that the FairTax supporter is asking for more taxes on top of our current system. That, for a lack of a gentler term, is simply a lie.

Times have changed recently, and candidates are starting to defend their support of the FairTax. Recent experience has shown that candidates who stand their ground win. Any Democratic candidates who allow this advertisement to be run in their districts will be held personally accountable for its inaccuracy. Voters will turn on your candidates once they understand – as we assure you they will – your lack of integrity.

This advertising does a disservice to the Democratic Party itself. Ironically, historically Democratic voting constituencies would be major beneficiaries of the FairTax. Your smarter, better choice would be to embrace the FairTax. The FairTax does not conflict with the Democratic agenda, nor does it propose a change in the size of the federal government, or how it should spend the people’s money.

The FairTax is a better way to collect the money needed to run the federal government. The FairTax is more transparent, more efficient, more conducive to economic growth, and, yes, even fairer to all. One can have a legitimate debate about whether they support or oppose the FairTax. But no one can justify dishonesty in public discourse about this serious issue. In the best interest of our country, we urge you to present the FairTax in an accurate way and withdraw the ads.


Leo Linbeck, Jr.
Chairman, Americans For Fair Taxation

Will this stop the DCCC from lying to the public?  Unlikely.  An informed public however can make up its own mind.

2 comments for “An Open Letter To The DCCC

  1. October 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    The Michigan FairTax Association has challenged four congressional candidate to debate their claim that the FairTax is a new tax on top of all current taxes. Because the FairTax is a REPLACEMENT tax and not an additional tax the MI FairTax is calling on these candidates to defend their misleading and deceptive advertising.

    The Association issued the challenge via the following press release today:

    Date: October 15, 2010
    Contact: Roger Buchholtz, MI FairTax Association President
    Phone: 269 345-0950
    For Immediate Release

    Some Candidates Challenged to Debate
    In four of Michigan’s Congressional Districts ads have been running in which misinformation about the FairTax is being used as a means to attack candidates that support the FairTax replacement tax. In each case the candidate and/or their surrogates at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) or the Michigan Democratic Party have put out ads or literature that imply that the FairTax is a new tax on top of all other current taxes, in spite the fact that some other Democratic candidates support the FairTax. says the ads are false, as the FairTax is a REPLACEMENT tax. The FairTax replaces most all current federal taxes and eliminates the IRS. The facts are that the FairTax ELIMINATES the income tax, Social Security & Medicare taxes and death & gift taxes and replaces their revenue with a simple retail sales tax that will save taxpayers $500 billion each year in tax compliance cost. Americans will then receive their entire paychecks and when they spend their money they will be paying their taxes.
    Roger Buchholtz, volunteer President of the non-partisan Michigan FairTax Association said, “We hereby challenge all parties disseminating this deceptive advertising to debate this issue at any time. Specifically, we challenge the following candidates to debate whether the FairTax is an additional tax, as they have implied, or whether it is a replacement tax:
    •1st District Gary McDowell Running ads against Dan Benishek
    •5th District Dale Kildee Running ads against John Kupiec
    •7th District Mark Schauer Running ads against Tim Walberg
    •9th District Gary Peters Running ads against Rocky Raczkowski
    If they choose not to debate us on this issue then we fully expect them to renounce the ads, cease running them and distributing the deceptive literature and to ask their surrogates and supporters to do likewise.”
    Buchholtz said, “It is possible that ignorance of the FairTax proposal is the reason why these candidates have allowed this misleading information, and we are here to inform them at their convenience.”
    Under the FairTax Americans will be able to see their true tax burden for the first time in generations, as the tax will appear on every sales receipt. Today, by taxing businesses and all the labor and materials in the production of goods and services, much of our tax burden is hidden in the price of the things we buy. A Harvard University study concluded that 22% of the price of things we buy are taxes buried/hidden in the price. This hidden tax is paid by all of us when we buy American produced products. To make matters worse, we pay again when we lose our jobs because our company is placed at a 22% competitive disadvantage compared with foreign produced products.
    These attacks by the Michigan Democratic Party, the DCCC and some candidates are attempts to preserve the status quo, where politicians have power never intended by our Founding Fathers. The FairTax eliminates this power by eliminating the buying and selling of tax favors which takes place under today’s income tax system and corrupts our representative form of government resulting in an unresponsive and bloated government.
    MI FairTax President, Roger Buchholtz, said “The truth is that the FairTax immediately saves over $500 billion per year (that is $1,700 for every man, woman and child in America) and brings jobs and prosperity back to America.”
    Buchholtz commented “Dan Benishek, John Kupiec, Tim Walberg, Rocky Raczkowski and other FairTax advocates are showing leadership by offering a bold new idea, and courage because that new idea eliminates the special tax favors some powerful special interests derive from the current tax code.”
    For a complete list of Michigan candidates that advocate the MI FairTax and the national FairTax visit, and more information on the national FairTax can be viewed at

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