February 11, 2010

FACT CHECK: Tom Campbell’s FCINO Defense Hollow

SACRAMENTO, CA – Carly for California Deputy Campaign Manager for Communications Julie Soderlund today issued the following statement regarding Tom Campbell’s continued misrepresentation of his record on tax increases:

“It’s encouraging to see that Tom Campbell has finally realized what a huge problem his well-documented and long-standing support for higher taxes is going to be in this campaign. What is also going to be a problem is his continued attempts to misrepresent his record and deceive voters. Unfortunately, facts are stubborn things, and the facts in this case are clear: Carly does not support higher taxes on the Internet or otherwise. Tom Campbell supports taxing the Internet – and has for a long time – and he also supports higher gas taxes, sales taxes, car taxes, and the list goes on.”

Campbell Supports Taxing the Internet

When Running Against Sen. Feinstein, Tom Campbell Confirmed He Backed An Internet Sales Tax. “Rep. Tom Campbell of San Jose, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate next year, has said he supports an Internet sales tax when the moratorium ends. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is seeking re-election, said she’d rather wait until a commission studying the issue issues recommendations.” (Herbert A. Sample, “California Governor Seeks Talks With Industry About Internet Sales Taxes,” Sacramento Bee, 12/18/99)

Campbell “Supports States Levying Sales Taxes On Internet Purchases.”
“Campbell is no panderer. His congressional district is a high-tech haven, yet, unlike many Repubs, he supports states levying sales taxes on Internet purchases. ‘Otherwise, where do you get your money for police and fire departments?’ Campbell explained. ‘I took that stand because it was right.’” (Debra J. Saunders, “Campbell, The Anti-Pol,” San Francisco Chronicle, 9/3/00)

Campbell: “If A Good Would Be Subject To Tax Anyway, It Shouldn’t Be Any Different Just Because You Buy It On The Internet.” “On the Internet, a subject of great interest to constituents in Campbell’s home district, he repeated his position that ‘if a good would be subject to tax anyway, it shouldn’t be any different just because you buy it on the Internet.’ Campbell has said an exemption for the Internet would undermine his goal of replacing income taxes with a national sales tax.” (Barry Witt, “U.S. Senate: Campbell’s GOP Foes Say He Is Not A True Conservative,” San Jose Mercury News, 2/3/00)

“He Also Would Not Rule Out Taxing Sales On The Internet.” (Peter Nicholas and Evan Halper, “State Gets A New Finance Chief,” Los Angeles Times, 11/5/04)

Campbell Refuses To Sign The “No New Taxes Pledge”

Campbell Publicly Refused To Sign A No-Tax Pledge As He Launched His Senate Campaign In January 2010. “Campbell, however, said he would not sign a No-Tax Pledge because, he argued, no one can anticipate every situation that might arise.” (Joel Fox, “Campbell Defends Fiscal Record As He Campaigns For U.S. Senate,” Fox & Hounds, 1/19/10)

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