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Americans for Prosperity Applauds South Carolina State House Candidate Peter McCoy

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Washington, DC - The free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today applauded South Carolina State House candidate Peter McCoy (115th District) for signing the group's "No Climate Tax Pledge." McCoy joins more than 500 bipartisan lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state, and local levels pledging to "oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue."

"The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn't be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses," said AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen. "We encourage all of South Carolina's elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge."

"I am proud to be the first South Carolina House of Representatives candidate - incumbent or challenger - to sign the No Climate Tax Pledge," said McCoy. "Now more than ever, South Carolina residents and small businesses need tax cuts - not new taxes."

Cap-and-Trade took its first step toward enactment last year when the U.S. House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill, which escaped the lower chamber by a scant seven votes despite significant bipartisan opposition. The Senate has struggled to pass companion legislation, with key Democratic senators openly expressing opposition to attempting to pass the energy tax bill.

President Obama has made no secret of his support for the bill, which would be the largest tax increase in American history. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has scored the House plan as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be bourne by taxpayers and consumers for decades to come.

"Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable," said Kerpen. "Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government."

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Americans for Prosperity® (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual's right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP has more than one million members, including members in all 50 states, and 25 state chapters. More than 55,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial investment in AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org.