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2021 ATF Media Highlights

Debate should explore transformed tax and spending landscape

The opinion piece below by Frank Clemente originally appeared in the Des Moines Register on January 9, 2019. As Democrats gather for the final presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, among all the worrying daily news there’s a hopeful long-term development. The candidates and their Democratic colleagues in Congress have finally and fully rejected trickle-down economics […]

Opinion: The Trump tax cut has amounted to nothing but broken promises for the middle class

The opinion piece below by Frank Clemente and Will Rice originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on January 1, 2019 on the second anniversary of when the Trump tax cuts took effect. President Trump’s radical Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which took effect Jan. 1, 2018, has now been around long enough for a fair […]

High prescription costs are just one way the Big Pharma drug companies rip us off

This op-ed by Frank Clemente and Margarida Jorge appeared in USA Today. Last week’s House vote to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug prices was overdue. Now it’s up to the Senate and President Donald Trump to take action. Working families and seniors are struggling to pay for the high cost of often life-saving medicines, and have been for years. […]

2019 ATF Media Highlights

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USA Today (OP-ED): Here’s Why Congress Should Obtain Trump’s Tax Returns Now

This opinion piece appeared in USA Today. Frank Clemente & Will Rice wrote: Far from a witch hunt or partisan political attack, Democratic Congressional efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns are a necessary exercise of legislative oversight responsibility. The president’s returns, and those of his more than 500 businesses, could answer essential questions about his […]

Tax Fairness Takes Center Stage in 2020 Race for President

Proposals to tax the wealthy have ignited broad debate and public support as campaign season begins WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three proposals – two by potential Democratic candidates for president – have moved the issue of tax fairness to the center of the 2020 campaigns, igniting a broad debate over how best to reduce the huge income […]

Ocasio-Cortez’s Call for 70% Marginal Tax Rate on Super Wealthy Opens Debate on Tax Fairness

Congresswoman’s Proposal Is Supported by History, Current Economic Research & Is One Way to Raise Substantial Income Needed for Vital Public Services WASHINGTON, D.C.—The recent suggestion by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that the marginal tax rate on incomes over $10 million could be raised to as high as 70% is consistent with recent American history […]

ICYMI — ATF in the News!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Here is a recap of recent articles mentioning the work of Americans for Tax Fairness. The Hill: Doubts shadow GOP push for tax cuts 2.0, 9/6/18 “I really don’t get the politics of this other than that [Republicans are] trying to appeal to a narrow set of donors or they’re trying to rewrite history,” said […]

Indiana Public Radio: National Nonprofit Report Raises Concerns Over Trump Tax Reform Impact On Hoosiers

President Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal includes making cuts to infrastructure, education, affordable housing and healthcare, leading one watchdog group to speak out in concern about the potential impact those cuts could have. Last December, President Trump signed the GOP tax bill, giving breaks to big business and claiming those would trickle down to employees. […]

News-Press: Republicans, tax law stick it to working families

This article appeared in News-Press. Frank Clemente, ATF Executive Director wrote: Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt, and threaten deep cuts to essential public services like Social […]

Americans’ Health Care and Public Services at Risk From Trump Tax & Budget Cuts, New Report Warns

Trump/GOP Tax Breaks for Wealthy, Rx and Insurance Companies, and Trump Budget Show Grim Future of Drastic Health Care and Other Service Cuts for Working Families Washington, D.C. – This week in communities across the country advocates are holding events to educate the public about the harmful effects of the new tax law. Advocates at […]

USA Today: Tax cut savings flow to company stockholders, trickle to hourly workers

After U.S. corporations got a big tax cut in December, a flurry of announcements touting bonuses and pay raises for hourly employees raised hopes that the cash windfall would keep flowing down to American workers. But the sharing of wealth hasn’t been as generous as hoped. The early payouts, such as one-time awards of $1,000 […]


This article appeared in Newsweek. Nicole Goodkind wrote: President Donald Trump’s corporate tax cuts might not have trickled down to American workers in the way that he suggested they would. Trump and Republican leadership have long touted their tax cuts as a massive boon to America’s working class, if not through direct tax reductions or […]

Associated Press: Trump tax plan stands to benefit the man in the White House

This article on Donald Trump’s tax plan was published by the Associated Press and appeared in ABC News and  other outlets. Josh Boak and Bernard Condon wrote: Among the likely winners in President Donald Trump’s tax-cut plan would be a real estate developer turned reality TV star who now happens to occupy the White House. The […]

CBS News: Who are the winners and losers in Trump’s tax plan?

“Corporations are already dodging their fair share of taxes at a time of record profits, yet he(Trump) is trying to give them a massive tax cut,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of the liberal Americans for Tax Fairness, speaking on the winners. This article appeared in CBS News. Larry Light wrote: Who would come out ahead […]

New York Times: Trump’s Tax Plan: Low Tax Rate for Corporations, and for Companies Like His

“Yesterday, we learned President Trump wants to slash the corporate tax rate, even though corporations already dodge most of their tax responsibilities while making record profits,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of the liberal Americans for Tax Fairness. “Today, we find out it’s even worse. In trying to slash taxes for ‘pass through’ business entities, […]

POLITICO: Instead of launching tax reform, Trump could ground it

“In trying to slash taxes for ‘pass-through’ business entities, Trump is seeking to dramatically reduce his own tax bill,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, on Trump’s proposed tax reform. This article appeared in POLITICO. Ben White and Nancy Cook wrote: President Donald Trump on Wednesday will release a tax reform […]

Reuters: Trump tax plan will sharply slash corporate tax rates

Separately cutting the top tax rate for pass-through businesses, which account for most U.S. companies, could benefit Trump himself, said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, a Democratic activist group. “In trying to slash taxes for pass-through business entities, Trump is seeking to dramatically reduce his own tax bill,” he said in […]

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Democratic resolution fails to force release of Trump tax returns; Reichert opposes

“If this resolution fails, the public should know which members of Congress are continuing to allow President Trump to hide his business dealings and possible conflicts of interest, and the ways that he could gain personally from his tax (reform) plan,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness. This article appeared in […]

The Tennessean: Don’t give me a tax cut that cuts people’s health care

ATF placed the following Op-Ed by Stephen Price, Vice-Chair of Patriotic Millionaires, in The Tennessean. Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the taxes that pay for it would save rich taxpayers like me a lot of money. But it would also cause 24 million Americans to lose their health insurance. That’s not a tradeoff I […]

Marketplace: What it might mean if Trump succeeds in cutting the business tax rate

ATF Executive Director Frank Clemente was interviewed by Mitchell Hartman on American Public Media’s “Marketplace” program to discuss President Trump’s proposal to cut the corporate tax rate.  The interview appeared on nearly 1,000 radio stations across the country.  

CBS News: A Trump tax return revealed — here’s what accountants think of it

Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, which favors taxing the wealthy more, pointed out that Mr. Trump derives his income from more than 500 business entities, each with its own income stream and tax filing. “It’s in those filings that you would see names and sources of income,” he said. “The tax […]

NPR: In 2005, Trump Was Hit With A Tax That He Now Wants To Abolish

“Without the alternative minimum tax, Donald Trump would have paid a lower tax rate in 2005 than the poorest half of Americans — just 3.48 percent — despite income of more than $150 million. Trump wants to abolish the AMT. Now we know why,” said Americans for Tax Fairness Executive Director Frank Clemente. This article […]

ATF Op-Ed in USA Today: How Obamacare repeal helps rich, hurts poor

This article originally appeared in USA Today. Americans did not vote to make a rigged system even worse, but that’s the GOP plan. Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans and would erode some rare progress made recently to reverse America’s growing economic inequality. By taxing […]