John Dendahl’s letter to Sens. Udall and Bennett

Posted on May 20, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

American Tradition Partnership is all about citizens interacting with lawmakers to promote rational environmental policies.

That’s why I am sharing with you this letter from John Dendahl to Colorado’s U.S. senators, taking them to task for allowing the EPA to run wild and propose national caps on carbon dioxide, a federal decree from unelected bureaucrats that will destroy millions of jobs with no sound science to back it up.  Dendahl is a policy expert and retired job creator active in both Colorado and New Mexico.

Again, you can read the letter by clicking here or going to http://www.johndendahl.com/democratgreenhousegasdodge.html.

Under ATP pressure, Senate kills national energy tax hike

Posted on May 17, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Dear ATP supporter,

You did it again.

Your contributions to American Tradition Partnership and your phone calls to the Senate have stopped — for now — a plan by Senate leaders to raise taxes on American energy producers, which means higher prices for consumers like you.

But we must stay alert.

Democrats pledge to continue pushing the bill signals that they view the effort as a winning political issue amid $4-a-gallon gas, soaring oil company profits and growing concern about the deficit,” POLITICO reports this evening.

“A procedural motion necessary for the bill to move forward failed in a 52-48 vote. The motion required 60 votes for passage,” POLITICO reports.  “Two Republicans – Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins — voted for the motion, while three Democrats – Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Mark Begich (Alaska) — broke ranks and voted against the motion.”

Thank you for your phone calls.  Your contributions to ATP have pulled out a narrow victory.  But we must continue to grow even larger if we are to stop them again.

I will continue to monitor the Senate and let you know the moment they try to bring it up again.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,


Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

Under ATP pressure, Loudoun Board delays Tax and Control plan

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

LEESBURG, VA –  American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Tuesday afternoon, after the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a motion by Supv. Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge) tabling consideration of the “Chesapeake Bay” Tax and Control Plan until Commonwealth and EPA officials reach an agreement on a “Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan.”

“Today’s vote to postpone consideration of the ‘Chesapeake Bay’ Tax and Control Plan comes after American Tradition Partnership telephoned nearly 60,000 total households, directing Loudoun citizens to contact their supervisors and voice their opposition to this tax hike and land grab.  The Board’s rapid change of direction is a testament to the power of American Tradition Partnership’s effective legislative program.  The Tax and Control Plan did nothing to promote water quality but did provide a teeming habitat for additional government bureaucrats.

“Burton’s proposal comes just days after American Tradition Partnership contacted nearly 4,000 households in Burton’s district, urging citizens to call Burton directly and ask him to oppose the Tax and Control Plan. American Tradition Partnership has contacted around 10,000 total households in Burton’s former, and new, district.  American Tradition Partnership was one of the first and is one of the most active grassroots-supported groups fighting the Tax and Control Plan.

“It is not, however, a total victory for homeowners and taxpayers.  The Board can still bring the Tax and Control Plan, or a similar radical scheme, back in the future.  The threat of tax hikes, job losses and loss of private property rights still loom over the county.

“Today’s vote marks a rapid change of Board direction in response to American Tradition Partnership’s citizen lobbying program.  But with the threat of Tax and Control still looming, American Tradition Partnership will continue to contact citizens, asking the current Board to drop entirely any future consideration of any form of a Tax and Control Plan.”

Supported by contributions from its grassroots supporters, American Tradition Partnership has earned its reputation as the nation’s most effective opponent of the multi-million dollar radical environmentalist lobby.  In just the last few months ATP has:

•    Killed Barack Obama’s “Cap and Tax” bill in Congress.
•    Successfully pushed to have the invasive gray wolf taken off the so-called “Endangered Species List” so it can be hunted down.
•    Filed a federal lawsuit against Colorado to repeal the state’s Expensive Energy Mandate, which forces consumers to buy more expensive wind and solar power against their will.
•    Filed a lawsuit against Montana to stop their ongoing harassment and false smear campaigns against conservative groups, which has already been blasted by federal courts as “petty bureaucratic harassment.”  Montana officials have openly admitted they have no evidence conservative groups have done any wrong and every district attorney has refused to even look into the politically-motivated accusations.
•    Won national headlines along with our federal free speech lawsuit against Montana which allows small employers to spend money on independent political expenditures.
•    Won a federal free speech lawsuit against a liberal Colorado city who passed a law requiring residents to essentially get permission from the government before saying or publishing anything critical of the liberal city council.
•    Stopped a plan by liberals in the U.S. Senate to protect the EPA’s plans to declare carbon dioxide a toxic pollutant.
•    Passed legislation in Montana endorsing nullification of the so-called “Endangered Species Act.”
•    Launched a campaign to repeal New Hampshire’s participation in the “Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,” a northeastern U.S. “global warming” tax cartel
•    Launched and now pushing nationwide a growing campaign to secure a recorded vote on Sen. Rand Paul’s REINS Act, which strips the EPA of its authority to issue its own major regulations.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting private property rights and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

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Putting the REINS on EPA’s anti-jobs attacks

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

“Fred Upton is promising EPA’s agreement to delay draft boiler MACT rules won’t be enough to shield the agency from the wrath of House Republicans,” POLITICO’s Morning Energy reports today.  “The House will continue to explore legislation to permanently bar or further delay the draft rules, he says.”

American Tradition Partnership’s large and growing grassroots membership support efforts to rein in rogue EPA attacks on jobs, but rather than fight these battles on numerous, protracted fronts, ATP supporters are pushing the REINS Act (H.R. 10,) a bill that would put an end to political activists in the federal bureaucracy from simply writing and enforcing laws they know could not pass Congress.

Under the REINS Act, any proposed federal regulation with an economic impact greater than $100 million must first be approved by Congress in a stand-alone, recorded vote and then signed by the President.

Call your House member at 202-224-3121.  Ask them to co-sponsor and seek a recorded vote on the REINS Act, H.R. 10.  Call your two U.S. senators at 202-224-3121.  Ask them to co-sponsor and seek a recorded vote on Sen. Rand Paul’s REINS Act, S.299.

Reid schedules vote THIS EVENING on massive energy tax hike

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Dear ATP supporter,

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a vote THIS EVENING on his national energy tax bill to attack American energy producers.

As you recall from my letter to you last week, Reid’s original plan was to force energy producers to subsidize their failing wind and solar competitors.

But after a storm of public opposition, including phone calls from ATP supporters, Reid has changed the bill.

Now it strips energy producers of the standard tax deductions enjoyed by all employers.

It is a straight-up tax hike on YOU.

The result?  Higher prices for gasoline and fewer American jobs.

I need you to do two things for me:

1) Call your two U.S. senators at 202-224-3121.  Tell them to vote NO on the Reid energy tax bill. This vote is THIS EVENING.  Your phone calls and support of ATP are what helped stall the vote this long and force Reid to drop the “green bailouts” in the original bill.

2) Go here or to https://Secure.AmericanTradition.org to rush me your best gift of $100, $50, $35 or just $10. Your support means so much to me, and has produced great results.  But our fight has just begun.  We cannot afford to lose ground.

Again, Harry Reid has scheduled a vote THIS EVENING on a modified version of his energy tax bill.  It denies American energy producers the same standard tax deductions enjoyed by all employers.  It means higher gasoline prices and fewer jobs.

So please, take just a moment to call your senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on the Reid energy tax bill.

And please go here or to https://Secure.AmericanTradition.org to chip in $10 to fight this Gang Green attack on our economy and freedoms.

Sincerely,

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S.  Harry Reid has scheduled a vote THIS EVENING on a modified version of his original national energy tax bill. His new bill raises taxes on American energy, stripping producers of the standard tax deductions given to all employers and raising prices for consumers like you.

Please call your senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them to vote NO on the Reid energy tax bill.  And please go here or to https://Secure.AmericanTradition.org to chip in $10 to help us continue our fight to protect our economy and our freedoms.

Letter to the Editor, Leesburg Today: Loudoun’s Tax and Control Plan

Posted on May 11, 2011 by Donald Ferguson

Read it for yourself at Leesburg Today:

Dear Editor:

Supervisor Jim Burton’s proposal to delay voting on the “Chesapeake Bay” Tax and Control Plan until after the Nov. 8 elections is an attempt to save the Tax and Control Plan from citizen opposition.

Burton’s proposal to take heat off the Board’s Tax and Control majority until after the election comes just days after American Tradition Partnership contacted nearly 4,000 households in Burton’s district, urging citizens to call Burton directly and ask him to oppose the Tax and Control Plan. American Tradition Partnership has contacted around 10,000 total households in Burton’s former, and new, district.

American Tradition Partnership was one of the first and is one of the most active grassroots-supported groups fighting the Tax and Control Plan.

Since last May American Tradition Partnership has contacted around 60,000 households and 100,000 citizens countywide, with more to come. A grassroots-supported group, American Tradition Partnership puts citizens in direct contact with supervisors so citizens may personally urge supervisors to drop the Tax and Control Plan permanently.

American Tradition Partnership will continue contacting citizens until the Tax and Control Plan is dropped permanently, or repealed.

Supervisor Burton is finally getting our message. American Tradition Partnership, and majority of Loudoun citizens who oppose the Tax and Control Plan, urges Supervisor Burton to amend his motion and seek to drop the Tax and Control Plan permanently.

You may learn more at www.AmericanTradition.org. Contact your supervisor at 703-777-0204. Ask him or her to drop the “Chesapeake Bay” Tax and Control Plan permanently.

Donny Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

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