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Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY-4) wrote a letter to Campaign for Liberty Members today, asking for their assistance in getting members of the House to sign his letter asking House leadership not to bring up the so-called "Marketplace 'Fairness' Act." The letter is posted in full below, please help Rep. Massie by contacting your representative today and encouraging them to sign on to his letter.

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Right now, I'm doing everything I can to stop the National Internet Tax Mandate in the U.S. House.

But without your support, I know my best efforts will come up short.

The special interests are doing everything they can to ram this misnamed, so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act" into law.

So I'm counting on your action today.

I’m so fired up about this legislation that just last week I took to the House floor with a number of my colleagues to discuss our opposition to this tax-hiking scheme.

But it’s going to take more than special order floor speeches to bring those members on the fence back to our side on this issue.

That’s why I reached out to Campaign for Liberty.

I’ve been keeping an eye on their efforts to oppose this legislation in the Senate, and thanks to Campaign for Liberty members speaking out, the vote on final passage was much closer than it could have been.

I believe we can carry that momentum over and build on it in the House.

You see, I’ve written a letter to House leadership expressing my concerns with this legislation and asking them to simply not bring it to the floor for a vote.

But I could really use your assistance in getting as many members of Congress as possible to sign my letter opposing the Internet Tax Mandate.

You can reach your representative at 202-224-3121.

At its core, this legislation is simply unfair.

It forces companies doing business over the Internet - even those in non-sales tax states - to act as tax collectors for states and local jurisdictions across the country.

A few very large companies are now supporting this legislation because it would help them establish a competitive advantage and smother potential future competitors in red tape.

As rising shipping costs and a stagnant economy continue to depress business activity, attempts to shift the burden of tax collection from state agencies to online retailers outside those states would hinder the development of e-commerce.

The Constitution’s Commerce Clause should be used to help, not impede, the flow of goods and services.  As C4L has written before, this legislation flips the Commerce Clause on its head.

Worse yet, the Internet Tax Mandate will replace tax competition between the states with tax harmonization, meaning tax rates will inevitably rise over time.

For these reasons, I hope you’ll contact Congress and ask your representative to sign my letter to House leadership urging them to reject the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act.”

You can reach your representative at 202-224-3121.

The Internet has been an enormous boon to our entire economy, and I hope to keep it that way.

That’s why, if you’re able, I’d like to ask that after you’ve contacted your representative you contribute $250, $100, or even $25 to help Campaign for Liberty recruit millions of grassroots Americans to stand with us on this issue.

Campaign for Liberty has assured me that if they can raise the necessary funds, they can expand their program against the Internet Tax Mandate with hard-hitting TV, radio, and Internet banner ads to alert Americans to the dangers of Congress passing the misnamed “Marketplace Fairness Act.”

Together, I’m sure we can get enough support from conservatives and liberty-minded legislators to stop this bill in its tracks.

Will you help today, when your assistance is needed most?

I look forward to working more with the liberty movement, and while I wish I were writing you about repealing Gun-Free School Zones or legalizing industrial hemp, I hope I can count on your support to defeat the ill-conceived and misguided Internet Tax Mandate.

Please contact Congress today and encourage your representative to sign on to my letter this week.

Your action could make all the difference.

In Liberty,

Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4)

P.S. I’ve written a letter to House leadership expressing my concerns with the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” and asking them to simply not bring it to the floor for a vote.

I’ve seen firsthand the great work Campaign for Liberty members have done in chipping away support from this bill.

And I could really use your assistance in getting as many members of the House as possible to join me in opposing the Internet Tax Mandate.

So today, please urge your representative to sign my letter to House leadership urging them to reject the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act.”

You can reach your representative at 202-224-3121.

After you’ve contacted your representative, and if you’re able to, I’d ask that you contribute $250, $100, or even $25 to help Campaign for Liberty recruit millions of grassroots Americans to stand with us on this issue.


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