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Band of Brothers' Heroes Will Appear in Media Campaign Set to Begin May 11th

FROM: AMERICAN FAMILY BUSINESS INSTITUTE

Contact: Josh Kahn: W: 202-969-2444 M: 206-290-8432
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘BAND OF BROTHERS’ HEROES ENTER FIGHT TO
REPEAL DEATH TAX
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WILL APPEAR IN MEDIA CAMPAIGN SPONSORED BY THE
AMERICAN FAMILY BUSINESS INSTITUTE, FREE ENTERPRISE FUND

Washington, DC—May 10…The American Family Business Institute, a leading national advocacy group for repeal of the “Death Tax”, today announced that legendary “Easy Company” veterans Donald G. Malarkey and Lynn D. “Buck” Compton—whose World War II heroism was extensively depicted in the HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers”—will appear in its upcoming television and radio ads calling on U.S. senators to eliminate the tax.

The announcement was made on the same day that Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to permanently and immediately repeal the 47% tax. The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to make death tax repeal permanent in April.

The 30-second ads, entitled “Generations”, will begin airing in states this week, starting with Montana, Maine, and South Dakota. The American Family Business Institute and Free Enterprise Fund will roll out the spots, produced by Rick Wilson of Intrepid Media, in additional states in the coming weeks.

“The Death Tax is a cruel and unfair burden on grieving American families and the time has come to bury it deep in the ground where it belongs,” said Dick Patten, executive director of the American Family Business Institute. “It taxes Americans on already-taxed assets and it wreaks havoc on families and family-run businesses. The Death Tax is now aimed squarely at our nation’s ‘greatest generation’ and we are proud that two of that generation’s most celebrated figures will be leading the charge in this campaign.”

In a letter dated May 8—the 60th anniversary of VE Day—to Senator Sessions, the veterans wrote:

“In the winter of 1944…we lost friends and endured intense hardships, but we were sustained by the knowledge that we were providing America with a bright spot of hope...that our Band of Brothers was a bastion of American grit and determination...

“We are now engaged in a battle to bring balance and common sense to our tax policy. Those of us who fought did so in part to defend the freedom to enjoy the fruits of our honest labor and to pass that down as a legacy to our children and grandchildren.”

The letter and opening television spot can be viewed at: www.nodeathtax.org.
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