To criticize the GOP’s “Small Business Tax Cut Act,” the Dems’ campaign arm is going nuclear. They note the bill gives breaks to any employer with fewer than 500 employees, regardless of revenue. Including, they say, even the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.
In a series of press releases, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) went after Eagles Country Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), Jim Gerlach (R-Chester), and Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) of turning their back on both their constituents and their beloved football team, by voting to cut taxes for the Dallas franchise.
Oh, and if you’re from the Pittsburgh area, the DCCC would also like you to know that Rep. Tim Murphy has voted to give a tax break to the New England Patriots.
What all these Republican members of the House have in common is that they voted today for Republican Majority Leader, Eric Cantor’s “Small Business Tax Cut Act.” The DCCC is blasting the bill for providing tax breaks to “all employers with fewer than 500 employees, irrespective of the money the company earns or how the company is structured.”
As the DCCC points out, extremely wealthy sports franchises like the Dallas Cowboys or the New England Patriots employ less than 500 people, so therefore would be in line to reap the benefits of this bill.
“Mike Fitzpatrick has repeatedly chosen to protect Millionaires over Medicare and now has voted for more tax breaks for the Dallas Cowboys, leaving the bill for Eagles fans’ children and grandchildren to pay,” said Josh Schwerin of the DCCC in the Fitzpatrick tailored version of the press release.
The Dems say that only Philly and Pittsburgh-area Republicans have been targeted via football, lest you wonder whether Dallas or Baltimore political reporters received similar releases. However, a version did go out against former Eagles OT and Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ). (And, in fairness, the Eagles and Steelers each also qualify for the tax cut).
18 Dems joined all but 10 Republicans to vote for the package. National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Nat Sillin dismissed the DCCC’s attack.
“Pennsylvania voters so resoundingly reject the Democrats’ failed big-government tax and spend agenda, the DCCC has been forced to throw ludicrous hail mary passes like this into deep coverage to try and score points.”