Though some suggest the Republicans’ effort to push through “tax reform” will likely fail like their effort to repeal Obamacare, the White House and its corporate allies have undertaken a coordinated campaign to ensure the passage of a tax code rewrite that stands to fatten the pockets of the wealthiest.
Launching Wednesday, for example is a $2.5 million TV ad from American Action Network (AAN), a conservative group linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which claims “America’s tax code is sabotaging our economy.” The spending on the ad, which will run on national cable and air in 24 Republican-held congressional districts, marks half of the $5 million the group pledged to spend on its “full-scale campaign” to push the effort during the August recess.
The high-powered group, CNN notes, is just “one of many right-leaning organizations pushing Congress to act on the issue.”
Indeed, the ad comes amidst promotional efforts by Koch brothers-affiliated groups to bolster the GOP tax cut endeavor, including an ad blitz of their own and a line-up of events in 36 states.
There’s also a more stealth effort underway far closer to the Oval Office.
According to new reporting by Bloomberg, the White House has taken a page from the George W. Bush’s administration by gathering a “Red Team” to strategize a successful tax code rewrite.
“We stopped TrumpCare,” Indivisible declared, “and now it’s time to stop these tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations paid for by taking away Medicare, Medicaid, and education.”The heart of this “tightly orchestrated process,” write Justin Sink, Jennifer Jacobs, and Sahil Kapur, “is a weekly, all-hands-on-deck meeting to coordinate the campaign by the president and his allies to win passage of sweeping changes to individual and corporate tax laws, according to four White House officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal plans.”
The members of these “Ted Team” gathering, led by White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short, “include representatives of major power centers within the administration: the Office of American Innovation, led by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, the Treasury Department, headed by Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vice President Mike Pence’s staff and Gary Cohn’s National Economic Council,” the reporting continues.
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