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AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM

Washington, DC   |  www.atr.org

Mission

TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT THE SIZE AND REGULATIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND RALLYING SUPPORT FOR LOWER TAXES AND SMALLER GOVERNMENT.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Grover Norquist

Main address

722 12th St. NW 4th Floor

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1403587

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Politicians often run for office saying they won't raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate's constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.

Since its rollout with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.

Today the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state office and to all incumbents. More than 1,100 state officeholders, from state representative to governor, have signed the Pledge. Statehouse tax-and-spend interests have to contend with Pledge signers in every state

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Where we work

Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

To reduce the size of government in half as a percentage of GNP over the next 25 years. We want to reduce the number of people depending on government so there is more autonomy and more freedom for citizens.

ATR asks every candidate for elected office on the state and federal level to make a written commitment to their constituents to oppose and vote again tax increases.

Activating grasstops network around the country, engaging taxpayers, legislators and media, utilizing traditional and new media.

Indicators of success include the total number of Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers at the federal, state and local level.

As of May 28, 2014, there are 219 members of the House of Representatives, 39 U.S. Senators, 14 Governors and 1,037 State Legislators who have taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

Financials

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AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM

Board of directors
as of 11/18/2019
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Board chair

Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist

Peter Balkin

Karen Kerrigan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Tax reform