Grover Norquist is head of
Americans for Tax Reform....
and a director of m the American Conservative Union....
he is also a former unofficial advisor to Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove. &&&& leader ofAmericans for Tax Reform (ATR) is best known for its "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," which asks candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. The group is led by Grover Norquist, described by the Wall Street Journal as the "the V.I. Lenin of the anti-tax movement." He is renowned in right-wing and Republican circles for his ability to unite the various right-wing interests into coalitions to achieve a common goal.
Established: Americans for Tax Reform was founded in the mid-80s inside the Reagan White House. Norquist was tapped to head the group as an in-house operation to build support for the 1986 tax reform bill.
President/Executive Director: Grover Norquist
Finances: $3,912,958 (2004); ATR is a 501(c)(4) organization.
High-profile staffers include: Peter Ferrara, ATR's former general counsel and chief economist, is currently founder and President of the Virginia Chapter for the Club for Growth.
Affiliations: Americans for Tax Reform Foundation is the education and research arm of ATR. ATR is a member of the State Policy Network and of townhall.com, a right-wing Internet portal founded by the Heritage Foundation.
Heritage Foundation???? Total Koch foundation grants to the Heritage Foundation: 1997-2008: $3,358,000
Grover is also a Director of
The American Conservative Union...?? Full Story
The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group’s support in a bitter legislative dispute, then the group’s chairman flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.
For the $2 million plus, ACU offered a range of services that included: “Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU’s Chairman David Keene and/or other members of the ACU’s board of directors. (Note that Mr. Keene writes a weekly column that appears in The Hill.)”
The conservative group’s remarkable demand — black-and-white proof of the longtime Washington practice known as “pay for play” — was contained in a private letter to FedEx , which was provided to POLITICO.
The letter exposes the practice by some political interest groups of taking stands not for reasons of pure principle, as their members and supporters might assume, but also in part because a sponsor is paying big money.
Grover Norquist :
"Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub."“We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals - and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship.”
“Every worker who doesn't join a union is another worker who doesn't pay $500 a year to organized labor's political machine.”
OK.... the guy is a uber conservative with ties to folks like Rove, Gingrich, the Koch brothers, Tom DeLay"Americans for Tax Reform is a wonderful-sounding name. As far as I'm concerned, it's a front organization for Grover Norquist's lobbying activities." – Former Sen. Warren Rudman (R-NH) "Americans for Tax Reform is a front for the Republican Party. Republicans are hiding money in this group, and that is fundamentally dishonest." – Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity First, we want to remove liberal personnel from the political process. Then we want to capture those positions of power and influence for conservatives. Stalin taught the importance of this principle. He was running the personnel department, while Trotsky was fighting the White Army. When push came to shove for control of the Soviet Union, Stalin won. His people were in place and Trotsky’s were not…. With this principle in mind, conservatives must do all they can to get jobs in Washington. Grover Norqust From the Wrecking Crew, Thomas Frank "You can wear too many hats and [Norquist] does. He's a whole hat store. And that's the conflict of interest: He's head of a non-profit. He's a corporate lobbyist. He's a foreign lobbyist. This gives nonprofits, which are supposed to be doing research, a bad name." – Charles Lewis, executive director of the Center for Public Integrity. New York Times, 06/08/1997 Warren G Harding, one of the most corrupt Presidents ever, on his inauguration in 1921 called for " An end to Government Experiment in Business and for moree efficient business in Government administration" Well the Crash of 1929 showed how well that turned out then and after eight years of Bush Administration we again discovered what an addled concept that was. The difference is that the Businessmen in '29 lost everything and jumped from Wall St windows. In '09 they got bonuses and wept to the Caribbean And the middle class is falling for the same old bull shit, Again. And paying for it, through various Tea Party rallies and donations. It's like the Stockholm Syndrome... Big Business is holding the middle class hostage and they are getting rather sympathetic to the notion. The Wixsconsin Tax payer is getting fucked, and except for the Union Folks, is standing up, dropped their pants and cheering while the Koch Brothers had stock Walker huge amounts of money and a really really big jar of lubricant.