The invitation to the Tuesday noon anti-tax rally was fairly standard.
It noted that Grover Norquist, of government-small-enough-to-drown-in-a-bathtub fame, is the featured speaker.
Said the e-mailed invitation:
“Now is the time to overhaul the state’s budget process and find long-term solutions. Now is the time to cut spending and encourage economic growth. Now is the time to stop digging!”
Then there was the fine print at the tail end:
A dollar-a-pack cigarette tax is one of the alternatives being considered by the Legislature.
The formal sponsors of Tuesday’s rally are Americans For Prosperity, Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, and the Conservative Leadership Coalition.
Virginia Galloway, head of the Georgia chapter of AFP, said she had no knowledge of the e-mailed invitation above — until she saw the post this morning. However, ATR and Norquist have in the past received financing from tobacco companies.
Mark DeMoss, who operates a Christian-oriented public relations firm out of Buckhead, was Mitt Romney’s evangelical liaison 2008.
The language of the campaign upset him so much that, last year, he began an effort to bring more civility to politics. He partnered with Lanny Davis, a prominent Washington Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter.
Late last week, DeMoss – a major Republican donor – informed chairman Michael Steele that he was “ashamed” of a Republican National Committee slide show for donors that featured President Barack Obama as a socialist Joker, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Cruella DeVille, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as Scooby-Doo.
“Shameful, immature and uncivil, at best,” DeMoss said.
“I’m afraid the presentation is representative of a culture and mindset within the Republican National Committee,” DeMoss, a past member of the RNC’s “Eagle” program for top donors who gave the party $15,000 in 2008, wrote in the letter to Steele, which he shared with POLITICO. (DeMoss hasn’t given this cycle.) “Consequently, I will no longer contribute to any fundraising entity of our Party—but will contribute only to individual candidates I choose to support.”
On Sunday, on ABC’s “This Week,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said much the same thing. “That sort of thing is certainly not helpful,” McConnell said. “I can’t imagine why anybody would have thought that was helpful. I mean, typically, the way parties raise money is because people believe in the causes that they advocate.”
The DuBose and Carol Porter ticket – he’s the candidate for governor, she’s the candidate for lieutenant governor — got its first national airing on Fox News on Sunday morning. Here’s the clip:
The House today is expected to take up a bill to permit Atlanta to renew its hotel-motel tax. H.B. 903, sponsored by former House speaker Mark Burkhalter of Johns Creek, would extend the sunset for the tax from 2020 to 2045.
That’s considered the first step in negotiations with the Falcons over whether the football team would stay in Atlanta – by offering a new stadium or a remodeled Georgia Dome.
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