A newly formed conservative group - Women for Tax Reform - is planning a television advertising campaign to castigate President Clinton for failing to enact the middle-class tax cut he proposed in the 1992 campaign.
At a news conference Wednesday, Audrey Mullen, president of the group, said it will spend $50,000 to air the ads on Chicago stations and nationally on CNN during next week’s Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Mullen, who is executive director of another conservative organization, Americans for Tax Reform, declined to identify the new group’s financial backers other than as “a number of concerned individuals.”
The group is registered as a nonprofit organization under the federal tax code, she said, and its ads are not aimed at encouraging viewers to vote against Clinton or for Republican candidate Bob Dole.
However, the ads close with a picture of Clinton superimposed over a tax form and feature tough criticism of Clinton from Elaine Taylor, a registered nurse from Danville, Va., who voted for Clinton in 1992.
“When Clinton was running, he promised a middle-class tax cut. Then he raised my taxes. He was just lying to get elected. This year he’ll lie some more,” a lab-coated Taylor says on camera.
Clinton dropped his middle-class tax cut in 1993 in favor of reducing the budget deficit. He proposed, and Congress adopted, a tax increase affecting gasoline users, upper-income earners and better-off Social Security recipients.
But Clinton and Congress also enacted a dramatic expansion of the earned income tax credit for the working poor. The president has since proposed a scaled-back tax cut targeted at the middle class, but vetoed the far deeper cuts passed by the Republican-controlled Congress.
Dole has a history of favoring deficit reduction over tax cutting but this month proposed reducing income tax rates by 15 percent, halving the capital gains tax rate and other tax cuts.