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Friday, March 11, 2011

Americans for Prosperity Applaud Kump





Contact: James Valvo (703) 224-3200


Americans for Prosperity Applauds West Virginia State Delegate Larry Kump

-Signs No Climate Tax Pledge-


Arlington, Va.—The free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today applauded West Virginia State Delegate Larry Kump (52nd District) for signing the group's "No Climate Tax Pledge."  Kump joins over 500 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 West Virginia's elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge."


West Virginia signers include: U.S. Representative David McKinley; and State Delegates Troy Andes, Kelli Sobonya, Linda Sumner and Jonathan Miller.  


President Obama has made no secret of his support for a cap-and-trade energy tax, which would be the largest tax increase in American history.  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office scored a cap-and-trade scheme as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be borne by taxpayers and consumers for decades to come.  Analysis by the Institute for Energy Research found the tax cost the nation more than 500,000 jobs by 2015 and decrease household income by over $1,000 by 2020.


"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."


The pledge is available online at  AFP does not endorse candidates.  All elected officials and candidates are encouraged to sign the pledge and go on the record in opposition to using the climate change issue to increase taxes and grow the size of government.


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 intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens to support restraining state and federal government growth and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP is more than 1.7 million activists strong, with activists in all 50 states.  AFP has 31 state chapters and affiliates. More than 70,000 Americans in all 50 states have made a financial contribution to AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit

Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.






James Valvo

Director of Government Affairs

Americans for Prosperity


2111 Wilson Blvd.

Suite 350

Arlington, VA 22201


Cell: (248) 875-3387

Direct: (703) 224-3224

Fax: (703) 224-3201


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