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What “Conservative Split” on the Marketplace Fairness Act?!

Douglas Kellogg
March 22, 2013

There has been some confusion, with a hand from the pro-unconstitutional Internet sales tax folks, over a so-called “split” amongst conservatives on the “Marketplace Fairness Act” (MFA). The reality is however, that there are precious few (if any) legitimately fiscally conservative groups, or groups with serious tax policy chops, that favor MFA.

Let’s take a look at the rundown

Fiscally conservative groups opposed to MFA (a.k.a. unconstitutional Internet sales tax scheme):

American Commitment

Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Tax Reform

Campaign for Liberty

Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Center for Individual Freedom

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Digital Liberty


Heartland Institute

Heritage Action

Institute for Policy Innovation

Less Government

National Taxpayers Union


R Street

Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico)

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Credit is also deserved by Red State’s Erick Erickson who has courageously called out the interests behind this tax disaster.

After that list, what conservatives are even left to be enthusiastic about this bill?

Groups like American Conservative Union, sure, but where are the fiscally conservative tax wizards?:

American Majority

Americans for Job Security

Association for Christian Retail

Hudson Institute


The lists speak for themselves. Don’t fall for this talking point as the fight to protect the Internet, small businesses, the Constitution, and your pocketbook continues.


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