• Petitioned Mitt Romney

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Mitt Romney
Rep. Devin Nunes
Rep. Tom Price
Rep. Jeb Hensarling
Rep. Eric Cantor
Sen. Jeff Flake
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Rep. John Boehner

Anti-Norquist pledge: I will not vote for any politician that signs the Norquist pledge

    1. Petition by

      Steven Strauss

      Cambridge, MA

The Anti-Norquist Pledge:

As an American voter:  I will not support, contribute to, or vote for any politicians who have signed the Norquist Pledge (the polarizing misleadingly-named Taxpayer Protection Pledge), unless they publicly renounce that Pledge.

As an American shareholder: I will vote against any corporate management that (1) uses corporate funds to support the polarizing, misleadingly-named “not-for-profit” Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), sponsor of the Norquist Pledge, or (2) uses corporate funds to support any politician who signed and has not revoked the Norquist Pledge.


Grover Norquist's ATR has absolutely nothing to do with tax reform. The Norquist Pledge was directly responsible for the near-default of the U.S. government, and contributes to the acrimonious political atmosphere. Pledges to not raise marginal tax rates on the top '1%' make normal compromise and negotiation impossible.

We need bipartisanship, not gridlock!

Norquist, president and founder of ATR, is famous for badgering politicians into signing his polarizing 'Norquist Pledge'  -- under penalty of being labeled anti-tax reform. (By the way, ATR -- a tax-exempt institution -- pays no federal taxes on its annual revenues of about $5 million per year, according to ATR tax forms.)

The current version of the Norquist Pledge states that signers will:

ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and 
TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

Norquist emphasizes that his Pledge has no exceptions  -- for war, natural disaster, or other misfortunes. For example, a signer of the Norquist Pledge isn't permitted to increase tax rates on America's 1% -- even if such changes would be revenue neutral, and/or are desperately needed for a national emergency.

Contrary to Norquist and ATR aims, most Americans favor increasing -- rather than capping -- the marginal tax rates of the top 1%. Further, our current marginal tax rates and tax loopholes reflect random political compromises; we can’t let them hobble our nation’s efforts to meet current and future challenges.

This is not a minor matter!  At last count, 238 Representatives and 41 Senators committed to the Norquist Pledge. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney also signed the pledge -- which is binding for a politician's entire term in office.

To counter this harmful situation, I propose the Anti-Norquist Pledge shown above.  I hope you will join me in signing it. 

For further updates, please follow me on twitter @Steven_Strauss or on facebook at: www.facebook.com/Steven.S.Strauss

Steven Strauss - Cambridge, Massachusetts

About the sponsor of the Anti-Norquist Pledge: Steven Strauss was founding Managing Director of the Center for Economic Transformation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. He is an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University for 2011-2012. He has a Ph.D. in Management from Yale University with over 20 years private sector work experience.





Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Great news-more than 1,400 citizens have signed the Anti-Norquist Petition!

      Steven Strauss
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU! - For signing the Anti-Norquist Petition, and your promise NOT to vote for any candidate who's taken the dysfunctional, gridlock-inducing Norquist pledge. Please share our Anti-Norquist Petition with other voters - By E-mail, Facebook, Twitter or word of mouth. A message to your friends, even as brief as the following, would be a great help:

      Let's prevent gridlock in Washington! Please join over 1,400 citizens in signing the Anti-Norquist Petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/anti-norquist-pledge-i-will-not-vote-for-any-politician-that-signs-the-norquist-pledge

      Remember:Each time someone signs our Petition, Congressional leaders supporting the Norquist pledge (e.g., Reps. Boehner (OH), Cantor (VA), etc)- are notified that another voter is AGAINST the Norquist pledge.

      If you would like more frequent updates, please 'Like' https://www.facebook.com/AntiNorquist, or follow @steven_strauss

    3. Thank You - Over 1,000 Signers of the Anti-Norquist Petition!

      Steven Strauss
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      We have exciting news - Thanks to you, and other citizens like you, we now have over 1,000 signatures! Thank you for signing the Anti-Norquist Petition, and for your promise to NOT vote for any politician who signs the Norquist pledge. Please share our Petition with other voters.

      Remember: Each time someone signs our Petition, Congressional leaders supporting the Norquist pledge - Reps. Boehner (OH), Cantor (VA), McCarthy (CA), Hensarling (TX), Price (GA); Senators McConnell (KY) and Kyl (AZ) - are notified another voter is AGAINST the Norquist pledge.

      Over the summer, we will increase our efforts to focus attention on this issue.

      If you would like more frequent updates about this issue, please 'Like' the Anti-Norquist page https://www.facebook.com/AntiNorquist or follow me on twitter @Steven_Strauss.

      With your help, we will drive the Norquist pledge out of American politics!

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Update on Initial Results and Next Steps

      Steven Strauss
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Signers of the Anti-Norquist Pledge:

      First of all, thank you for signing the Anti-Norquist Pledge! Your interest is very much appreciated! And I hope it will encourage our Senators and Congressmen to do the job we elected them for.

      You certainly aren't required to do anything further, and I am not asking for any financial contributions. However, if you want to be involved going forward, below are some initial results and suggested next steps.

      Initial Results: The Anti-Norquist Pledge was released late Sunday and has been tweeted/RT about 150 times, so potentially it was seen by over 15,000 people. (Many of the Tweets/RTs were at odd hours, however, so impact was lower). More than 80 people have already signed. A Facebook Ad campaign is being piloted and has been shown to about 600 users.

      If you do want to be more involved, please click on the link shown below for suggestions, and please follow on: twitter @SayNoToNorquist and/or 'like' www.facebook.com/antinorquist

    6. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Glenda Boozer DOUGLASS, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Someone who isn't even an elected official has no business telling my public servants what to pledge. No way. Nohow.

    • Leslie Todd GREENVILLE, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Politicians should not sign pledges to a lobbying group. The ATR is a lobbying group. How can they serve the public when they are making pledges to lobbying groups?

    • Carlos Moraes MIAMI, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Compromise and negotiations are part of the political process

    • Virginia Schnorbus TRENTON, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important because elected officials are supposed to represent the people and not Grover Norquist

    • Kareem Rock BEL AIR, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      The pledge doesn't pass the common-sense test. The country doesn't need tax breaks we need to increase revenue to dig our way out of debt.


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