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Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on $1.47 Trillion Federal Deficit

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the Office of Management and Budget report released this afternoon projecting that the federal deficit will hit a record $1.47 trillion this year:

“Today’s report underscores just how deep a pit Barbara Boxer and Washington have dug for the people of this country. Under their watch, unemployment continues to soar, and we now know our federal deficit will reach a record $1.47 trillion this year. Still, Boxer remains intent on spending even more of taxpayers’ money and continues to talk about even more earmarks and even more government growth.

“It is painfully clear that Barbara Boxer and her colleagues in Washington have spent far too much of our money – and have no intention of changing direction anytime soon. Americans are already on the hook for billions of dollars in bailouts, and we simply cannot afford another six years of Boxer’s free-spending ways. Barbara Boxer obviously has no intention of making the tough choices necessary to set our nation on a path toward fiscal sanity, which is why we must replace her this November with a senator who will.”

Carly Fiorina is the Candidate Best Positioned To Defeat Barbara Boxer

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

COSTA MESA, CA – Carly for California Campaign Manager Marty Wilson today issued the following statement after the Republican senatorial candidates concluded a discussion moderated by John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of KFI AM 640’s The John and Ken Show at the Ayres Hotel:

“Yet again, Carly Fiorina demonstrated today that she is the candidate best positioned and best prepared to take on Barbara Boxer in November. Carly has a long record of success and accomplishment that she is proud to stand behind, and she will hold Barbara Boxer accountable for her dismal 28-year record in Washington.

“Carly’s performance today underscored her command of the most pressing issues facing Californians, and the recent news of her upward polling trend demonstrates that Republican voters consider her the conservative candidate who can fire Barbara Boxer this fall.”

The Fiorina campaign issued responses to many of the false claims made during the discussion:

Candidate Forum Fact Check #1: Immigration
Candidate Forum Fact Check #2: Bank Bailouts
Candidate Forum Fact Check #3: 2005 Budget
Candidate Forum Fact Check #4: Chuck DeVore’s Flip-Flop on Taxes
Candidate Forum Fact Check #5: Beating Boxer
Candidate Forum Fact Check #6:
Taxin’ Tom

Candidate Forum Fact Check #6: Taxin’ Tom

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…Tom Campbell’s decades-long record of support for higher taxes.

CLAIM:
Tom Campbell is a fiscal conservative.

FACT:
In 1989, Tom Campbell introduced federal legislation to raise the gas tax. Although the measure never came up for a vote, Campbell continues to believe that raising the gas tax is a legitimate budget-balancing measure. In 1997, Campbell voted against the Clinton administration tax cuts and criticized the Bush tax cuts during his second failed campaign for U.S. Senate in 2000. Throughout his career, Campbell has supported taxes on carbon emissions, Internet sales and business net receipts – not to mention increases in sales taxes, tobacco taxes, alcohol taxes, oil taxes, income taxes, you name it! Most recently, Campbell proposed raising California’s gas tax by 32 cents per gallon to close the state’s budget deficit while a candidate for governor, which he said would have made Californians “better off” than they are now – despite the fact that California’s average gas prices were the third highest in the nation last year. Campbell is the only candidate in this primary who refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

As A Member Of Congress In 1989, Campbell Introduced A Bill To Increase The Tax On Gasoline. (H.R. 2889, “To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Increase The Tax On Leaded Gasoline,” 101st Congress, 7/13/89)

Campbell Maintains He “Never Voted For A Tax Increase” Because His Federal Gas Tax Hike Never Came Up For A Vote. “Campbell said he has ‘never voted for a tax increase. Never.’ However, he was the author of a bill in 1989 to raise the federal sales tax on leaded gasoline by 6 cents a gallon. Campbell spokesman Greg Stohr said last week that there is no inconsistency; the gasoline-tax bill never made it to a vote.” (“The Candidates & The Issue: Federal Taxes,” The Orange County Register, 3/9/92)

Asked On National Television If The Federal Gas Tax Should Be Hiked By Nine Cents, Campbell Replied “Yes” Twice. “Smith: Let’s talk consumption taxes here. Let’s take a couple more votes if you don’t mind. We’ll do them one at a time, consumption taxes. Yes or no, let’s raise the gasoline tax at least 9 cents. Campbell: Yes. … Smith: We–let’s get the raise our hands–raise of hands for yes. Campbell: Yes.” (“This Morning,” CBS, 10/18/90)

Campbell Has Flirted With Higher Taxes On Gasoline, Oil, Tobacco & Alcohol “As Measures To Help Balance The Budget.” “Most of the Republicans adamantly reject any tax increases. Only Campbell breaks ranks. Although he opposes any increase in the income tax, he has flirted with proposals for higher levies on gasoline, imported oil, tobacco and alcohol as measures to help balance the budget.” (Jonathan Marshall, “Recession Puts Spotlight On Economic Questions,” San Francisco Chronicle, 4/29/92)

In Congress, Tom Campbell Voted Against The First Major Tax Cut Since The Reagan Administration In 1981. “In all, the measure would cut taxes by $135 billion over five years, the first major cut since Ronald Reagan’s administration in 1981. The reductions would be partially offset by increases totaling $50 billion, an extension of an expiring airline ticket tax among them. … On final passage, the bill was supported by 226 Republicans and 27 Democrats in the House. Opposed were 177 Democrats, Republican Tom Campbell of California and Rep. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the House’s lone independent.” (David Espo, “House Approves Tax Plan Worth Billions In Cuts,” The Associated Press via The Daily Press, 6/27/97)

Tom Campbell Was The Only House Republican To Vote With Democrats Against The Tax Relief Package. “As the Senate continued to debate late into the night its version of the tax bill, with final action expected sometime today, the House on Thursday passed its tax cut bill on a 253-179 vote, with 27 Democrats backing the measure and only one Republican, Rep. Tom Campbell of California, opposing it.” (“Senate To Debate Cigarette Taxes As House Passes Bill,” National Journal, 6/27/97)

In A Speech To The San Francisco Rotary Club, Campbell Publicly Criticized The Bush Tax Cut Plan. “Rep. Tom Campbell, who has received virtually no support from national party leaders in his quest for the U.S. Senate, issued a public criticism of Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush’s economic program on Tuesday. The decision by the Republican candidate to take on his own party’s standard-bearer a month before the election is just the latest in a series of unconventional strategies used by Campbell in his underdog bid to unseat incumbent Dianne Feinstein. Campbell’s speech to the San Francisco Rotary Club also did not spare Democrat Al Gore. Campbell denounced both major presidential candidates for finding ways ‘to spend a budget surplus, a surplus we have no reason to believe exists.’” (Barry Witt, “Maverick Senate Candidate Takes On His Party’s Leader In S.F. Rotary Speech; Campbell Hits Bush On Economy,” San Jose Mercury News, 10/11/00)

Campbell Criticized The Bush Tax Cuts As “Unwise.” “Campbell has been arguing for deficit reduction over tax cuts for months, saying the ‘alleged surplus’ is based on the federal government’s use of Social Security tax revenues for non-Social Security purposes. In interviews, he’s been willing to criticize Bush’s tax cut proposal as unwise because it fails to consider the possibility of an economic downturn when the government would need the revenue to assist people who are out of work and would have to consider cutting taxes to stimulate growth.” (Barry Witt, “Maverick Senate Candidate Takes On His Party’s Leader In S.F. Rotary Speech; Campbell Hits Bush On Economy,” San Jose Mercury News, 10/11/00)

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)

“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’s “New Revenue” Proposal While A Candidate For Governor Was To Raise The Tax On Gasoline By 32-Cents A Gallon. “Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Campbell Thursday called for budget cuts and a temporary gas tax to close California’s $26.3 billion budget gap. Campbell, the state’s finance director in 2004-2005, said $16 billion in savings could be achieved if automatic increases in social-welfare benefits and state employee pay were slowed and brought into line with the national average. Another $4 billion could be carved out with an ‘expenditure freeze,’ he said. The final $6 billion should come from new revenue — a one-year gasoline tax that would raise the price of gas from roughly $3 per gallon to $3.32 per gallon, he said.” (Chris Kenrick, “Gubernatorial Hopeful Tom Campbell Outlines Budget Fixes,” Palo Alto Online, 7/10/09)

Campbell Believes Californians Would Be “Better Off” Paying .32-Cents More For Every Gallon Of Gas. “He said today that as a gubernatorial candidate last year he proposed $3 in spending cuts for every $1 he’d have raised through a temporary gas-tax increase, and had his plan been adopted, Californians would be better off.” (Josh Richman, “Tom Campbell Rolls Out Federal Budget Plan,” Political Blotter, 2/11/10)

In 2009, California’s Average Gas Prices Was Third Highest Among All 50 States. “Eureka has the highest gas prices in the contiguous United States at $3.35, with locals paying nearly $1 more than the nation’s average, according to the latest survey released by AAA. The latest report from AAA Northern California found most gas prices throughout the state rose slightly during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Since AAA’s last survey, all metro areas where AAA tracks gas prices in Northern California saw price increases anywhere from 3 to 12 cents. All metro areas in California tracked by AAA remain above the $3 a gallon mark. According to the latest report from AAA Northern California, California’s average gas price is the third highest among all 50 states.” (“Eureka Top In Gas Prices,” Eureka Times Standard, 9/9/09)

Earlier In 2009, Campbell Publicly Supported Tax Increases Overwhelmingly Rejected By California Voters. “Campbell’s other gamble is to be The Republican who backs Proposition 1A, the spending-cap-but-it-comes-with-tax-increases measure that will be on the May 19 special election ballot. Whitman and Poizner both oppose the measure being championed by Schwarzenegger, Democratic legislative leaders and the handful of Republicans who voted for Sacramento’s most recent budget. That’s right – Campbell is supporting a measure that continues the current budget’s sales tax, income tax and vehicle license fee increases for another two years.” (Debra Saunders, “Campbell Is Banking On His Experience,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 4/12/09)

In February 2009, Tom Campbell Wrote That Passing A Budget Loaded With Tax Increases “Was The Right Thing To Do.” “So, I do not criticize the State Senators and Assemblymembers, Democratic and Republican, who put together the current state budget fix. I predict we’ll have to revisit it; perhaps soon. For now, however, it was the right thing to do.” (Tom Campbell, “On The California State Budget,” FoxandHoundsdaily.com, 2/25/09)

Campbell: Gov. Schwarzenegger And California Legislators Did The Right Thing By Passing $12.5 Billion In Tax Hikes. “After five years as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger came full circle on Friday: The film star who promised to rescue California from its fiscal wreckage without raising taxes signed into law $12.5 billion in tax hikes. With that, the Republican governor broke one of the few bonds left between his shrunken party and California’s mainstream voters, marring its hard-won image as a guardian against higher taxes. … The party’s lone gubernatorial contender defending the tax hikes is Tom Campbell. A former Silicon Valley congressman and state finance director under Schwarzenegger, he all but guaranteed himself pariah status among the party’s rank and file by saying the governor and Legislature did the right thing.” (Michael Finnegan, “The State Budget Crisis: Financial And Political Fallout,” Los Angeles Times, 2/21/09)

Campbell Said The Legislature Was Right To Pass The Budget Loaded With Tax Increases. “Campbell said the Legislature was actually right to pass the budget last week. Rather than tell lies or risk being tarred and feathered, he skipped the convention a wise call to move to Orange County, where he’ll be a visiting law professor at Chapman Law School.” (Editorial, “So, Whitman And Poizner, How Would You Have Balanced The Budget?,” San Jose Mercury News, 2/23/09)

Campbell Supports A Carbon Emissions Tax. “Going into 2010, Mr. Campbell also says he supports open primaries, would like to see the output of a state constitutional convention and supports a carbon emissions tax (as long as business taxes are reduced in other ways).” (“Campbell Thinks He Has Answers For State,” Orange County Register, 9/30/09)

Campbell Is Optimistic About A Totally New “Business Net Receipts Tax.” “And he thinks a recent blue-ribbon commission headed by investor Gerald Parsky was ‘on the right track’ when it recommended a totally new ‘business net receipts tax’ to replace the corporation and state sales taxes. That’s because it would tend to tax consumption rather than income.” (George Skelton, “What If He Had The Money,” Los Angeles Times, 10/12/09)

Campbell Publicly Refused To Sign A No-Tax Pledge As 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)

Tom’s Beliefs On Tax Hikes Are Out-Of-Step With Californians. “Half of California voters believe the state should close its $19.9 billion deficit mostly or entirely through spending cuts rather than tax increases, according to a Field Poll released Tuesday. That compares with 29 percent who said the state should use an equal mix of spending cuts and tax increases, or 13 percent who prefer balancing the budget solely or mostly with tax hikes.” (Kevin Yamamura, “Field Poll: More California voters prefer spending cuts, not taxes, to close deficit,” Sacramento Bee, 3/2/10)

Candidate Forum Fact Check #4: Chuck DeVore’s Flip-Flop on Taxes

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…how Chuck DeVore supported taxes before he opposed them.

CLAIM:
Chuck DeVore has never voted for tax increases.

FACT:
While it may be true that Chuck DeVore did not vote for the 2009 state budget that raised taxes, as the Assembly’s Chief Republican Whip, he shilled for tax increases.

DeVore: Republicans Put Tax Hikes On The Table To Close California’s Budget Gap. “The Republican leadership decided that, as part of good-faith negotiations, we needed to put everything on the table, and that everything includes our reticence to raise what are already America’s highest tax rates in many categories.” (News Conference, KNBC, 1/25/08)

DeVore Called Sales Tax “The Cleanest Way To Go.” “Nolan: Let’s get back to the tax hikes. What are you considering? A state sales tax hike? A temporary tax hike? An income tax hike? DeVore: Exactly. A sales tax hike would be the cleanest way to go.” (News Conference, KNBC, 1/25/08)

U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina Launches Aggressive Television Advertising Campaign

Friday, May 7th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – Following a momentum-building week marked by a growing list of endorsers supporting her candidacy, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today announced a new television advertising campaign centered on two 30-second spots titled “Work” and “Jobs” that contrast Fiorina’s proven record of success with Barbara Boxer’s failed 28-year career in Washington.

“This robust advertising campaign will send a strong message to Californians: Barbara Boxer has a 28-year record of failure in Washington, and I have the real-world experience it will take to beat her. Like many Californians, I have had enough of a government that is out of control and out of touch. Together, we can take Washington back, make it listen and make it work,” said Fiorina.

This advertising blitz follows on the heels of Fiorina’s earlier television advertisement, “Something Done” and her radio advertisement, “Bringing America Back.” The ads will begin airing statewide on Sunday on both broadcast and cable.

Click here to watch “Work.”

Click here to watch “Jobs.”

FACTS ABOUT “WORK”

CALIFORNIANS:
Washington…
Spending…
Deficits…
Trillions in new taxes…
Free enterprise? It’s almost gone…

FACT:
WSJ On The Federal Government’s Fiscal Health: “A Mountain Of Debt, A Balloon Of Short-Term Borrowings That Come Due In The Months Ahead, And Interest Rates That Are Sure To Climb Back To Normal…” “The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with I.O.U.’s on terms that seem too good to be true. Treasury officials now face a trifecta of headaches: a mountain of new debt, a balloon of short-term borrowings that come due in the months ahead, and interest rates that are sure to climb back to normal as soon as the Federal Reserve decides that the emergency has passed.”(Edmund L. Andrews, “Wave Of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government,” The New York Times, 11/22/09)

CARLY:
Had enough? Me, too. Barbara Boxer must be held accountable for her 28 years in Congress. Her bitter partisanship and huge expansion of our federal government, they stop now. Let’s take Washington back. Make it listen. Make it work.

FACT:
Boxer’s Brash, Partisan Style Often Hurts Her Ability To Achieve Real, Tangible Results. “If Boxer’s absolutism raises the profile of her top issues – women’s health, the environment, corporate fraud and the oppression of Afghan women – it can also hurt her chances of success. Her unfashionable adherence to liberal tenets often does not play well in the clubby Senate. Many times she does not get the backing she needs to get her proposals written into law, and her hard-line amendments win little support from Republicans and sometimes even other Democrats.” (Adriel Bettelheim, “Wage Hike Fight One Of Many For A Leading Liberal,” Congressional Quarterly, 4/5/04)

Sen. Boxer Called “A Fierce Partisan.” “But while the president struck a blow in the name of fiscal restraint, his decision to eliminate billions from a recently enacted anti-terror law drew immediate howls from congressional Democrats and private complaints from some Republicans. Gone, in a stroke, were funds meant to aid Israel, bolster local firefighting forces and even replace antiquated election equipment in counties nationwide. Gone, too, may be a great deal of the comity Bush had counted on to help win congressional approval for some of his own legislative proposals. Democrats blasted Bush. Rep. Martin Frost of Texas, the third-ranking House Democrat, charged the president could be risking ‘homeland security and foreign policy stability.’ Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., a fierce partisan, said: ‘It makes no sense to say we are at war and then block the bipartisan efforts of Congress to protect the American people.’” (Editorial, “Bush Rattles Budget Sabers,” Grand Rapid Press, 8/14/02)

Los Angeles Times: Sen. Boxer Is Best Known As “An Unwavering Partisan.” “Among Democrats, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California – known as an unwavering partisan – said that, although she believes Gore won the election, she could recognize either candidate as legitimate when the next president takes office Jan. 20. ‘I’m not going to spend a lot of time grieving if Gore loses,’ Boxer said. ‘That doesn’t get you anywhere.’” (Nick Anderson, “For The Next Congress, Compromise May Be The Watchword,” Los Angeles Times, 11/26/00)

San Francisco Chronicle On Sen. Boxer: “Partisan, Liberal, And With A Reputation For Grandstanding.” “For years Republicans have viewed Barbara Boxer’s seat with wide eyes. Partisan, liberal, and with a reputation for grandstanding, Boxer has long been regarded as the most vulnerable of incumbents.” (Marc Sandalow, “Boxer Now Seen As A Heavyweight,” San Francisco Chronicle, 3/2/97)

CARLY:
I’m Carly Fiorina and I approve this message.

FACTS ABOUT “JOBS”

CALIFORNIAN:
Does Barbara Boxer’s big government mean more jobs?

GRAPHIC:
Carly Fiorina
Battle-tested, conservative Republican
U.S. Senate

CARLY:
No, it means more taxes! Jobs come from the small businesses that Barbara Boxer’s big government is helping to destroy. I’m Carly Fiorina; I started as a receptionist and became CEO of Hewlett Packard. Jobs come from business, not Washington, why doesn’t she get it?

FACT:
“A Woman Who Started Her Career As A Secretary And Went On To Become The First, And Only, Woman To Lead A Fortune 20 Company Is Not To Be Underestimated, But Respected.” “By no means am I suggesting that Fiorina is a lightweight. A woman who started her career as a secretary and went on to become the first, and only, woman to lead a Fortune 20 company is not to be underestimated, but respected.” (The Washington Post, 11/5/09)

Fiorina Rose From The Rank Of Secretary To CEO. “Ms. Fiorina adds that she learned the values of hard work and entrepreneurship after she left Stanford University with a degree in medieval history and philosophy and was ‘unemployable.’ She worked as a secretary at a real-estate firm until she joined a management training program at AT&T in 1980. She rose to oversee marketing and sales for the largest division of Lucent Technologies before taking over HP in 1999.” (The Wall Street Journal, 11/27/09)

“Many Are Quick To Credit Fiorina For Laying The Groundwork” For HP’s Recent Success. “But while analysts praise Hurd’s low-key style, many are quick to credit Fiorina for laying the groundwork.” (Rachel Conrad, “HP’s Strength Brings Recognition For Fiorina,” The Associated Press, 8/18/06)

HP “Desperately Needed Someone” Like Fiorina And She Deserves Credit For Shaking Up The “Hidebound Organization.” “She was the biggest proponent of changing HP’s culture, and although her hard-charging style ultimately worked against her, HP desperately needed someone like her, said Roger L. Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates. ‘Carly did a lot of the shaking up, which was necessary to get the hidebound organization liquefied again – and that left the field open for Mark Hurd to reorganize. The ironic postscript here is that Carly deserves far more credit than she got,’ Kay said. ‘The idea that the organization needed to be shaken up and be less technology-centric and more customer-centric turned out to be spot on.’” (Rachel Conrad, “HP’s Strength Brings Recognition For Fiorina,” The Associated Press, 8/18/06)

CARLY:
I’m Carly Fiorina, and I approve this message.


Carly Fiorina Wins Republican Senatorial Debate

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA – Carly for California Campaign Manager Marty WIlson tonight issued the following statement after the Republican senatorial candidates concluded their second debate, which was held at the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles.

“Tonight, Carly again proved that she is the Republican candidate best positioned to defeat Barbara Boxer this fall. She demonstrated a clear and profound grasp of all the issues, and she showed that she’s not afraid to stand behind her proven record of leadership in tough times and her staunch fiscal conservative values.”

During the debate, Fiorina’s campaign issued responses to many of the false attacks launched against her by her primary opponents. To read the campaign’s reaction on the following issues, please visit our Web site:

Debate Fact Check #1: Beating Boxer
Debate Fact Check #2: Taxin’ Tom
Debate Fact Check #3: Immigration
Debate Fact Check #4: Water
Debate Fact Check #5: Amnesty
Debate Fact Check #6: Bank Bailouts
Debate Fact Check #7: Cap-and-Trade
Debate Fact Check #8: Cap-and-Trade
Debate Fact Check #9: No Fly List
Debate Fact Check #10: Sanctions on Iran

The debate will be aired on ABC affiliates around the state on Sunday, May 13. Please check your local listings for debate air times.

Debate Fact Check #2: Taxin’ Tom

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

THE TRUTH ABOUT…Tom Campbell’s decades-long record of support for higher taxes.

CLAIM:
Tom Campbell is a fiscal conservative.

FACT:
In 1989, Tom Campbell introduced federal legislation to raise the gas tax. Although the measure never came up for a vote, Campbell continues to believe that raising the gas tax is a legitimate budget-balancing measure. In 1997, Campbell voted against the Clinton administration tax cuts and criticized the Bush tax cuts during his second failed campaign for U.S. Senate in 2000. Throughout his career, Campbell has supported taxes on carbon emissions, Internet sales and business net receipts – not to mention increases in sales taxes, tobacco taxes, alcohol taxes, oil taxes, income taxes, you name it! Most recently, Campbell proposed raising California’s gas tax by 32 cents per gallon to close the state’s budget deficit while a candidate for governor, which he said would have made Californians “better off” than they are now – despite the fact that California’s average gas prices were the third highest in the nation last year. Campbell is the only candidate in this primary who refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

As A Member Of Congress In 1989, Campbell Introduced A Bill To Increase The Tax On Gasoline. (H.R. 2889, “To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Increase The Tax On Leaded Gasoline,” 101st Congress, 7/13/89)

Campbell Maintains He “Never Voted For A Tax Increase” Because His Federal Gas Tax Hike Never Came Up For A Vote. “Campbell said he has ‘never voted for a tax increase. Never.’ However, he was the author of a bill in 1989 to raise the federal sales tax on leaded gasoline by 6 cents a gallon. Campbell spokesman Greg Stohr said last week that there is no inconsistency; the gasoline-tax bill never made it to a vote.” (“The Candidates & The Issue: Federal Taxes,” The Orange County Register, 3/9/92)

Asked On National Television If The Federal Gas Tax Should Be Hiked By Nine Cents, Campbell Replied “Yes” Twice. “Smith: Let’s talk consumption taxes here. Let’s take a couple more votes if you don’t mind. We’ll do them one at a time, consumption taxes. Yes or no, let’s raise the gasoline tax at least 9 cents. Campbell: Yes. … Smith: We–let’s get the raise our hands–raise of hands for yes. Campbell: Yes.” (“This Morning,” CBS, 10/18/90)

Campbell Has Flirted With Higher Taxes On Gasoline, Oil, Tobacco & Alcohol “As Measures To Help Balance The Budget.” “Most of the Republicans adamantly reject any tax increases. Only Campbell breaks ranks. Although he opposes any increase in the income tax, he has flirted with proposals for higher levies on gasoline, imported oil, tobacco and alcohol as measures to help balance the budget.” (Jonathan Marshall, “Recession Puts Spotlight On Economic Questions,” San Francisco Chronicle, 4/29/92)

In Congress, Tom Campbell Voted Against The First Major Tax Cut Since The Reagan Administration In 1981. “In all, the measure would cut taxes by $135 billion over five years, the first major cut since Ronald Reagan’s administration in 1981. The reductions would be partially offset by increases totaling $50 billion, an extension of an expiring airline ticket tax among them. … On final passage, the bill was supported by 226 Republicans and 27 Democrats in the House. Opposed were 177 Democrats, Republican Tom Campbell of California and Rep. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the House’s lone independent.” (David Espo, “House Approves Tax Plan Worth Billions In Cuts,” The Associated Press via The Daily Press, 6/27/97)

Tom Campbell Was The Only House Republican To Vote With Democrats Against The Tax Relief Package. “As the Senate continued to debate late into the night its version of the tax bill, with final action expected sometime today, the House on Thursday passed its tax cut bill on a 253-179 vote, with 27 Democrats backing the measure and only one Republican, Rep. Tom Campbell of California, opposing it.” (“Senate To Debate Cigarette Taxes As House Passes Bill,” National Journal, 6/27/97)

In A Speech To The San Francisco Rotary Club, Campbell Publicly Criticized The Bush Tax Cut Plan. “Rep. Tom Campbell, who has received virtually no support from national party leaders in his quest for the U.S. Senate, issued a public criticism of Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush’s economic program on Tuesday. The decision by the Republican candidate to take on his own party’s standard-bearer a month before the election is just the latest in a series of unconventional strategies used by Campbell in his underdog bid to unseat incumbent Dianne Feinstein. Campbell’s speech to the San Francisco Rotary Club also did not spare Democrat Al Gore. Campbell denounced both major presidential candidates for finding ways ‘to spend a budget surplus, a surplus we have no reason to believe exists.’” (Barry Witt, “Maverick Senate Candidate Takes On His Party’s Leader In S.F. Rotary Speech; Campbell Hits Bush On Economy,” San Jose Mercury News, 10/11/00)

Campbell Criticized The Bush Tax Cuts As “Unwise.” “Campbell has been arguing for deficit reduction over tax cuts for months, saying the ‘alleged surplus’ is based on the federal government’s use of Social Security tax revenues for non-Social Security purposes. In interviews, he’s been willing to criticize Bush’s tax cut proposal as unwise because it fails to consider the possibility of an economic downturn when the government would need the revenue to assist people who are out of work and would have to consider cutting taxes to stimulate growth.” (Barry Witt, “Maverick Senate Candidate Takes On His Party’s Leader In S.F. Rotary Speech; Campbell Hits Bush On Economy,” San Jose Mercury News, 10/11/00)

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)

“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’s “New Revenue” Proposal While A Candidate For Governor Was To Raise The Tax On Gasoline By 32-Cents A Gallon. “Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Campbell Thursday called for budget cuts and a temporary gas tax to close California’s $26.3 billion budget gap. Campbell, the state’s finance director in 2004-2005, said $16 billion in savings could be achieved if automatic increases in social-welfare benefits and state employee pay were slowed and brought into line with the national average. Another $4 billion could be carved out with an ‘expenditure freeze,’ he said. The final $6 billion should come from new revenue — a one-year gasoline tax that would raise the price of gas from roughly $3 per gallon to $3.32 per gallon, he said.” (Chris Kenrick, “Gubernatorial Hopeful Tom Campbell Outlines Budget Fixes,” Palo Alto Online, 7/10/09)

Campbell Believes Californians Would Be “Better Off” Paying .32-Cents More For Every Gallon Of Gas. “He said today that as a gubernatorial candidate last year he proposed $3 in spending cuts for every $1 he’d have raised through a temporary gas-tax increase, and had his plan been adopted, Californians would be better off.” (Josh Richman, “Tom Campbell Rolls Out Federal Budget Plan,” Political Blotter, 2/11/10)

In 2009, California’s Average Gas Prices Was Third Highest Among All 50 States. “Eureka has the highest gas prices in the contiguous United States at $3.35, with locals paying nearly $1 more than the nation’s average, according to the latest survey released by AAA. The latest report from AAA Northern California found most gas prices throughout the state rose slightly during the Labor Day holiday weekend. Since AAA’s last survey, all metro areas where AAA tracks gas prices in Northern California saw price increases anywhere from 3 to 12 cents. All metro areas in California tracked by AAA remain above the $3 a gallon mark. According to the latest report from AAA Northern California, California’s average gas price is the third highest among all 50 states.” (“Eureka Top In Gas Prices,” Eureka Times Standard, 9/9/09)

Earlier In 2009, Campbell Publicly Supported Tax Increases Overwhelmingly Rejected By California Voters. “Campbell’s other gamble is to be The Republican who backs Proposition 1A, the spending-cap-but-it-comes-with-tax-increases measure that will be on the May 19 special election ballot. Whitman and Poizner both oppose the measure being championed by Schwarzenegger, Democratic legislative leaders and the handful of Republicans who voted for Sacramento’s most recent budget. That’s right – Campbell is supporting a measure that continues the current budget’s sales tax, income tax and vehicle license fee increases for another two years.” (Debra Saunders, “Campbell Is Banking On His Experience,” San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 4/12/09)

In February 2009, Tom Campbell Wrote That Passing A Budget Loaded With Tax Increases “Was The Right Thing To Do.” “So, I do not criticize the State Senators and Assemblymembers, Democratic and Republican, who put together the current state budget fix. I predict we’ll have to revisit it; perhaps soon. For now, however, it was the right thing to do.” (Tom Campbell, “On The California State Budget,” FoxandHoundsdaily.com, 2/25/09)

Campbell: Gov. Schwarzenegger And California Legislators Did The Right Thing By Passing $12.5 Billion In Tax Hikes. “After five years as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger came full circle on Friday: The film star who promised to rescue California from its fiscal wreckage without raising taxes signed into law $12.5 billion in tax hikes. With that, the Republican governor broke one of the few bonds left between his shrunken party and California’s mainstream voters, marring its hard-won image as a guardian against higher taxes. … The party’s lone gubernatorial contender defending the tax hikes is Tom Campbell. A former Silicon Valley congressman and state finance director under Schwarzenegger, he all but guaranteed himself pariah status among the party’s rank and file by saying the governor and Legislature did the right thing.” (Michael Finnegan, “The State Budget Crisis: Financial And Political Fallout,” Los Angeles Times, 2/21/09)

Campbell Said The Legislature Was Right To Pass The Budget Loaded With Tax Increases. “Campbell said the Legislature was actually right to pass the budget last week. Rather than tell lies or risk being tarred and feathered, he skipped the convention a wise call to move to Orange County, where he’ll be a visiting law professor at Chapman Law School.” (Editorial, “So, Whitman And Poizner, How Would You Have Balanced The Budget?,” San Jose Mercury News, 2/23/09)

Campbell Supports A Carbon Emissions Tax. “Going into 2010, Mr. Campbell also says he supports open primaries, would like to see the output of a state constitutional convention and supports a carbon emissions tax (as long as business taxes are reduced in other ways).” (“Campbell Thinks He Has Answers For State,” Orange County Register, 9/30/09)

Campbell Is Optimistic About A Totally New “Business Net Receipts Tax.” “And he thinks a recent blue-ribbon commission headed by investor Gerald Parsky was ‘on the right track’ when it recommended a totally new ‘business net receipts tax’ to replace the corporation and state sales taxes. That’s because it would tend to tax consumption rather than income.” (George Skelton, “What If He Had The Money,” Los Angeles Times, 10/12/09)

Campbell Publicly Refused To Sign A No-Tax Pledge As 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)

Tom’s Beliefs On Tax Hikes Are Out-Of-Step With Californians. “Half of California voters believe the state should close its $19.9 billion deficit mostly or entirely through spending cuts rather than tax increases, according to a Field Poll released Tuesday. That compares with 29 percent who said the state should use an equal mix of spending cuts and tax increases, or 13 percent who prefer balancing the budget solely or mostly with tax hikes.” (Kevin Yamamura, “Field Poll: More California voters prefer spending cuts, not taxes, to close deficit,” Sacramento Bee, 3/2/10)

Boxer’s Election Year Opportunism On Display Again

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to the passage of Barbara Boxer’s financial overhaul bill amendment.

“In yet another display of Election Year opportunism, Barbara Boxer today boasted about the passage of her amendment to the financial reform bill, pointing to it as an example of how she puts taxpayers first. Let’s be clear: her authorship of this amendment is more a reflection of the Democratic Party’s attempt to prop her up, rather than any sign of a core conviction. The truth is that Barbara Boxer has voted for every possible bailout, costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. These measures have failed to create jobs and have resulted in higher deficits, more debt and will mean higher taxes.

“If Barbara Boxer is truly concerned about protecting taxpayers, she should stop her Election Year grandstanding and get down to the hard work of lowering taxes, cutting spending and minimizing uncertainty in the regulatory environment.”

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Carly has been traveling throughout California addressing the fight for California’s jobs and the importance of lower taxes. She was even joined recently by Senator McCain. Catch up on some recent events by watching the videos below and encouraging your friends to do the same.

Carly at an anti-tax rally in San Diego:


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Sen. John McCain and Carly in Irvine:

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Carly on FOX Business Network discussing financial reform:

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Carly Fiorina Issues Statement on HIRE Passage

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement after the Senate voted this morning to pass the House version of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act:

“Barbara Boxer voted today to add to our nation’s already sky-high federal deficit, pile on even more government spending and extend the disappointing and expensive stimulus package. Furthermore, the House version passed this morning comes at an even higher cost than the original Senate bill with even less assurance it will create the jobs it promises.

“In order to grow the economy, Washington must begin by implementing true tax cuts that free up small businesses to do what they do best: create jobs. And our representatives must also set about reauthorizing the Highway Trust Fund with additional spending controls – instead of touting mere stopgap measures that do nothing to address the underlying challenges.

“Voters expect their representatives to do what is best for the nation – not what is most politically expedient. Barbara Boxer is clearly out of step with the will of the people of California. Voters will certainly see right through her sudden Election Year-driven rhetoric about job creation and instead judge her by her last 18 years of pushing for policies that destroy jobs.”



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