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Hard-Hitting New Ad Calls on Senator Pryor to Join Senator Lincoln in Voting to Repeal Death Tax

The American Family Business Institute (AFBI) launched an intensive, six-figure television advertising campaign directed squarely at Senator Mark Pryor (D) who, unlike his colleague Senator Blanche Lincoln (D), is reportedly planning to keep the dreaded IRS Death Tax living in perpetuity.


McCain Featured In Anti-Death Tax Video

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)—who was the only GOP Senator to vote against efforts to permanently repeal the Death Tax in 2001, when a long-dreamed-of Senate vote fell just short of passage—is the subject of a paid video advertisement that will appear beginning tomorrow on more than a dozen high-traffic conservative blogs in key primary states and will be emailed to millions of conservative activists, the American Family Business Institute (AFBI) today announced.


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Wall Street Journal: Bill Frist to Schedule Death Tax Vote

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is doing all he can to put highly visible issues on the Senate calendar as he prepares to leave office later this year and launch his possible 2008 presidential bid. He told the Conservative Political Action Conference over the weekend that he intends, in mid-May, to bring a bill to eliminate the estate tax -- or "death tax" in CPAC parlance -- to the Senate floor.


Comment On Pro-Death Tax Group’s “Award Winning” Ad

Washington, DC—January 24… A liberal pro-Death Tax group, United for A Fair Economy, was recently given an award by the Boston Globe’s Sunday Magazine for an ad featuring a Paris Hilton look-alike actress. The spot ran as part of last year’s heated debate surrounding the repeal of the 47% IRS Death Tax. The group also announced that they expected a new vote on death tax repeal early this year.


President, Vice President and Senate Majority Leader All Call For Death Tax Repeal

Over the last week President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Senate Majority Leader Frist have all called for repeal of the death tax. Permanent death tax repeal was scheduled for a Senate vote in September and was postponed so Congress could focus on disaster relief.


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

Washington, DC—May 9…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.

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Death Tax Targeted For Extinction In American Family Business Institute Media Campaign

A powerful television spot aimed squarely at four U.S. Senators whose votes next month may decide whether the hugely controversial “death tax” lives or dies—Max Baucus (D) of Montana, Olympia Snow (R) of Maine, and Mark Pryor (D) and Blanche Lincoln (D) of Arkansas—will begin airing this week in Montana, Arkansas and Maine, the American Family Business Institute (AFBI) today announced.


Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s Speech Announcing Death Tax Repeal Vote

“Think about it ... from the second you're born, every move is taxed. But the Democrats? They're not content with that. They've managed to give us what may be the most offensive tax of all: the death tax. But let me make it clear, the days of the death tax are numbered! This May I'll bring it to the Senate floor for a vote. I will do everything in my power to bury the death tax once and for all!”

Today I want to talk about leadership. And in doing so, I can't help but think of a line I recently heard.

Last week, in an interview on Fox News ... Harry Reid was asked, "Who is the leader of the Democratic Party today?"

Reid's response: "Someone else will have to make that decision."

"Someone else will have to make that decision."

To me, that says it all.

On every major issue we face, the Democrats let someone else make the decisions.

MoveOn.org ... NARAL ... People for the American Way.

Just look at the Alito hearings. I don't know about you ... but it didn't look to me like the Democrats were speaking for their constituents. It looked to me like they were speaking for those far-left, liberal interest groups.

Which leads me to wonder ... if someone else is always writing the script, where do they really stand? What do they really believe? How can they really lead?

That's the difference between us and them.

We know what we believe.


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