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AFP to Smith: Level the Playing Field, End the Ex-Im Bank

Jun 13, 2019 by AFP

AFP-MN Joins National Campaign to “Unrig the Economy”

ST. PAUL, MN—Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota (AFP-MN) today highlighted its role as part of an integrated campaign to create a strong economy by leveling the playing field for all. The campaign, “Unrig the Economy,” is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar national effort that will harness the power of AFP’s grassroots to drive change at both the state and federal level.

The first phase launching today will kick off with a robust direct mail and digital effort opposing the Export-Import Bank’s (Ex-Im) reauthorization and the renewal of so-called “tax extenders.” As part of this initial push, AFP is encouraging Senate Banking member, Senator Tina Smith to stop the Ex-Im bank’s reauthorization.

View the mailer here.

AFP-MN State Director Jason Flohrs issued the following statement:

“The Export-Import bank is a clear-cut example of Washington picking winners and losers. This corporate welfare subsidizes big corporations at the expense of everyone else. We urge Sen. Smith to oppose reauthorizing this bank and ensure companies are rewarded for the value they create, not from cronyism and corporate welfare.”

Background:

According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 62% of Americans said they thought the U.S. economic system mainly benefits those in power versus only 34% who said it mainly benefits all people. Belief that the economy is rigged is a longtime, widespread perception.

AFP believes everyone should play by the same set of rules where a level playing field allows everyone to succeed. The grassroots group has been a long advocate of opposing corporate welfare in a variety of forms – from film subsidies to stadiums subsidies to certificate of need laws to tax giveaways, and more.