A group of wealthy individuals who support higher taxes on the rich is announcing candidate endorsements for the first time, less than two months before the November midterm elections.
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The Patriotic Millionaires tell The Hill they are announcing endorsements of 25 Democratic House candidates that they are dubbing “Tax Champions.” The group said it chose candidates who are opposed to the tax-cut law congressional Republicans passed last year and support policies that will help the middle class.
The group is one of a number of left-leaning organizations that have been pushing back against the GOP tax law, arguing that it largely benefits corporations and wealthy individuals.
The Patriotic Millionaires are also concerned about House Republicans’ proposal for another round of tax cuts, which is expected to get a floor vote later this month.
“The Patriotic Millionaires intimately understand how our current Congress has so flagrantly rigged the system in favor of the rich and powerful,” Morris Pearl, chairman of the group and former managing director of BlackRock, said in a statement. “On the heels of yet another proposal by the GOP to cut taxes on the rich, we are taking a stand against the reckless governing of Trump and the Republican Party.”
Many of candidates backed by the group are Democrats in competitive races for House seats currently held by Republicans. They include Andy Kim, who is challenging Rep. Tom MacArthurThomas (Tom) Charles MacArthurRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE (R-N.J.); Jennifer Wexton, who is challenging Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockLive coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings Gun debate raises stakes in battle for Virginia legislature Progressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats MORE (R-Va.); and Sean Casten, who is challenging Rep. Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamLobbying world House votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap Feehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs MORE (R-Ill.).
“Across the country, in districts both urban and rural, the Tax Champions offer a bold vision of reform for our future that addresses the needs of working families and the most economically vulnerable,” Pearl said. “We admire their political courage to take on millionaires, corporations and the elected officials who represent moneyed interests.”
To promote their candidates, members of the Patriotic Millionaires are planning to hold in-person events, tele-town halls and write op-ed pieces. The group said it is also planning a “digital week of action” in October.
The Patriotic Millionaires are also encouraging their members to donate to the endorsed candidates, but it is not setting up a political action committee.