According to the latest Winthrop/ETV poll,
The bad news is that the association is currently being co-opted by Big Tobacco.
That group, the North – er, South –
The message began showing up in mailboxes last week in the form of 10,000 postcards sent to Republican activists by the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers…
Several Senate staffers said the chart on the postcards is the same chart that R.J. Reynolds lobbyists were showing some state senators in weeks prior…
The postcard also warns that the “hospital industry and insurance company special interests want Legislators to raise your taxes!”…
“We got some donations,” Weaver said, when asked if R.J. Reynolds paid for the postcards. “We get a lot of corporate donations, let’s put it that way.”
Um, this might go without saying, but R.J. Reynolds couldn’t give a flying trapeze artist about our tax policy in
Update: Somebody slipped Gervais an email to let me know that the SC Association of Taxpayers is not a non-profit, and sure enough I can't find SCAT on the SC Secretary of State website anywhere. According to the SCAT website, it is "an independent, privately funded research group whose purpose is to encourage government to work more efficiently." Let me pare that down for you: Advocacy for Hire.
Using Big Tobacco money to mail out Big Tobacco propaganda to
For selling out its credibility, the SC Association of Taxpayers wins the second Thursday THRASH award.
The Howard Rich Advocacy & Shilling for Hire (THRASH) awards were created to honor South Carolina political advocacy groups that are controlled by, funded by, or specifically created by out of state interests under the guise of representing the actual interests and values of actual South Carolinians.