American Action Network ads launch for Brian Mast, Carlos Curbelo

Brian Mast and Carlos Curbelo

Commercials are being launched by the American Action Network to push tax reform in the districts of two Republican congressmen in swing districts, U.S. Reps. Brian Mast and Carlos Curbelo.

The Florida ads are part of a $2 million national campaign aimed at encouraging voters to tell key lawmakers in 32 districts to support the budget deal, and to thank them for doing so. American Action Network’s Middle-Class Growth Initiative is pushing the message now in part because the Senate budget package being considered by the House of Representatives includes the underpinnings for tax reforms sought by the organization.

The district-specific ads feature Lindsay Pratt, a working mother from Wisconsin, talking about the importance of middle-class tax cuts for families like hers.

“If anyone has ideas that make things better for working families, I’m listening,” she says. “So when Congress released a tax reform plan that cuts middle-class taxes – I read it. It’s easy to understand. And an independent analysis shows that middle-class families save more than $1,200 a year. For families like mine, more money saved means more peace of mind.”

Both Mast and Curbelo face tough re-election bids next year. Mast has drawn Lauren Bauer and Pam Keith in Florida’s 18th Congressional District along the Treasure Coast, while Curbelo is up against Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, among others, in Florida’s 26th Congressional District in South Florida.

“The White House and congressional leaders have proposed a unified framework for tax reform to level the playing field, increase economic growth, and most importantly, put money back in the pockets of hardworking families,” AAN Executive Director Corry Bliss stated in a news release.

American Action Network launched the Middle-Class Growth Initiative in August to promote the passage of pro-growth tax reform. The effort now totals more than $14 million in spending across 40 congressional districts.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


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