Conservative group launches ads in South Florida market touting GOP tax bill – Florida Politics

Conservative group launches ads in South Florida market touting GOP tax bill

President Donald Trump may have signed the GOP-supported tax reform plan into law weeks ago, but the battle over its popular support is just beginning.

That’s why the conservative-leaning American Action Network (AAN) announced Wednesday that they are launching digital ads in 20 congressional districts touting the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including two in South Florida.

The $1.5 million digital ad campaign will run for two weeks, part of AAN’s $10 million commitment to promote the merits of tax reform following the bill’s passage.

“All across the country, hardworking Americans are feeling the effects of pro-growth tax reform as companies announce bonuses and wage increases,” said Corry Bliss, AAN Executive Director. “Real results for real workers means that for a typical family of four this new tax code will provide a tax cut upward of $2,000. AAN is committed to spreading the winning message of pro-growth tax reform in the months ahead.”

Republicans are counting on the rewrite of the tax code to maintain their control of Congress during this year’s midterm elections. Yet public opinion polls taken over the past few months show that it remains unpopular overall.

Just about a third of Americans support the new law, according to USA Today/Suffolk University polling conducted last month. About half of Americans did not believe they would enjoy a tax break under the new law, the survey found.

Most American will see an average tax cut of about $1,600 in 2018, with the most significant benefit going to households making between $308,000 and $733,000, according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center. Middle-income taxpayers would pay about $900 less than under current law (approximately 1.6 percent of after-tax income), while the lowest income households would get an even more modest tax cut compared to current law.

By contrast, the highest-income one percent of households, those making about $733,000 and up, would also see an average tax cut of roughly $50,000 — or 3.4 percent of their after-tax income —  the Tax Policy Center says.

AAN will feature digital ads in Florida’s 18th and 26th Congressional Districts. CD 18, in the Palm Beach County area, is currently held by Republican Brian Mast, while CD 26 Republican Carlos Curbelo is fending off a fierce attack by liberal-leaning groups to keep his seat, which encompasses parts of Miami south to Key West.

 

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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