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Americans for Prosperity and the Chatham Conservative Voice announce partnership

Posted Monday, February 12, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - The North Carolina Chapter of the national free-market grassroots group, Americans For Prosperity (AFP-NC), and the Chatham Conservative Voice (CCV) today announced they are joining forces. The partnership will make Chatham County taxpayers more powerful in the fight for lower taxes and lower levels of government spending and regulation in Pittsboro, Raleigh, and Washington, DC.

The Chatham Conservative Voice has taken the lead in the fight against new taxes and irresponsible spending in Chatham County.

"It has become clear that Chatham County is ground zero for property rights in North Carolina," said AFP-NC State Director Francis De Luca. "There clearly is a need for an enhanced organization fighting for property rights and for individual freedom."

Under the partnership plan, the Voice will operate as an affiliate of Americans for Prosperity. The Voice will continue to be governed and operated by its own set of by-laws and Board of Directors. Its goal continues to be protecting the freedoms of Chatham County citizens.

AFP-NC will provide Chatham taxpayers with intellectual ammunition in the battle for economic freedom. It also will provide, to the Voice, its national best-in-field grassroots training schools, as well as communications, marketing, and public policy support.

Last summer, AFP-NC launched an extensive issue campaign to inform the public about twelve state legislators who broke their pledge to not raise taxes in the state legislature. Concerned taxpayers responded with notable results. Seven of those pledge breakers, one of whom was the assistant majority leader, were defeated.

In less than three years of existence, Americans for Prosperity already has chalked up a number of major victories on the state level, including the defeat of proposed tax hikes in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and California, and the limiting of taxpayer-funded lobbying in Texas. Americans for Prosperity also has become the national grassroots leader in promoting state constitutional tax-and-spending limits from coast to coast.

Americans for Prosperity this year also brought its hugely successful "Ending Earmarks Express" road tour of wasteful pork-barrel projects to thirty-seven states including North Carolina.

AFP's visits to unnecessary pet projects such as a proposed "Railroad to Nowhere" in Mississippi, the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska, and the world's largest teapot museum in North Carolina, helped lead to the removal of some $15 billion in wasteful pork-barrel spending from an emergency spending bill and to the passage of significant earmark reform in Congress.

"The Chatham Conservative voice has done a great job fighting for the taxpayers and land owners of this great county, and we're proud to join them in that fight," said Americans for Prosperity State Director Francis De Luca. "The taxpayers of Chatham County will be a stronger force in the county seat, in the state capital, and in the nation's capital as a result of this partnership."

"This partnership is a win-win for the Conservative Voice and the taxpayers of Chatham County," said Conservative Voice Chairman Mark Cares. "Chatham taxpayers will have a louder voice here at home, and we'll have a louder voice in Raleigh and in Washington."

AFP-NC Grassroots Director Chris Farr and Communications Director Dallas Woodhouse will work closely with grassroots members to develop a strategy to defeat the spend and tax policies of the current Board of Commissioners and advocate for a positive agenda of economic growth for business and jobs. "The Chatham BOC wants to decide what other people can do with their own land. They want to decide what type of private business people can start, and where they can start them," said AFP-NC's Dallas Woodhouse. "This is still the United States of America and citizens still have rights under the U.S. Constitution."

Chatham Conservative Voice Chairman Mark Cares said, "This partnership with AFP gives us the voice we need in Raleigh and beyond to defeat the new tax proposals that our Chatham County Board of Commissioners have asked the state to allow. These proposals will undoubtedly affect everyone in the state if we do not stop the tax increases now."

Candace Steele, a grassroots member of the Voice, said fighting a proposed land transfer tax would be among the first priorities of the new partnership. "It is important we don't tax people out of the hard earned equity in their homes. A land transfer tax will hurt economic growth and personal prosperity in Chatham County."

The Chatham Conservative Voice will provide a truthful and positive voice within our county for conservative principles and liberty as defined by the founding fathers. We will educate, we will be informed, we will be effective and represented in every election. Our mission is to protect our freedoms.

Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina (AFP-NC) is the North Carolina Chapter of the nation's premier grassroots organization committed to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits.

 
 


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