Campaign 2010

Sep 12, 2008


In a recently released ad by the conservative Chamber of Commerce, they claim that Bradley has been a "leader in the fight to lower taxes" which couldn't be further from the truth.  In reality, Jeb Bradley voted to block legislation that would cut taxes for middle class families and in stead voted to protect Big Oil's billion dollar tax breaks.



"Just two days after Jeb Bradley won an unexpectedly close primary the political distortions begin," said Carrie James, regional press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Former Congressman Bradley can run from his record of backing President Bush's failed policies while he was in Congress, but the truth remains that he's the one who raised taxes on middle class families and backed Big Oil's tax breaks rather than fight to reduce gas prices.  Here we are two years later, and former Congressman Bradley still hasn't learned that New Hampshire families want change and he's still offering just more of the same."


Jeb Bradley's REAL Record:


  • Bradley voted against a bill that would protect 63,000 middle class families in New Hampshire's first congressional district from a giant tax increase. [HR4297, Vote #94, 4/06/06; Ways & Means on AMT]
    • In Congress, Carol Shea Porter voted to protect these middle class New Hampshire families from the Alternative Minimum Tax, saving thousands in taxes to 21 million families. [HR 6275, Vote #455, 6/24/08]


  • Bradley voted against a budget that would extend tax cuts for working families, such as the $1,000 child tax credit and the marriage penalty relief, and reduce the tax cuts for the wealthy, those who earn over $500,000 a year. [HCR 393, Vote #91, 3/25/04]


  • Bradley voted for a $56 billion tax cut measure that predominantly benefited people with incomes above $1 million.  The average family in New Hampshire makes $58,351, not $1M. [HR4297, Vote #135, 5/10/06; Census 2000, U.S. Census Bureau]


    • Carol supported budget that provided middle class tax relief without raising taxes.  The budget included an extension of marriage penalty relief, the child tax credit and the 10 percent bracket.  It also supported reform of the estate tax to protect small business and family farms.  [House Budget Committee, Overview of FY2008 Budget Conference Agreement, 5/16/07; House Budget Committee, Conference Agreement on the FY 2008 Budget Resolution: Building on the "Six for '06, 5/24/07; SCR 21, Vote #377, 5/17/07]         
  • Bradley voted against cutting tax breaks for Big Oil companies. [HR4297, Vote #121, 5/03/06]
    • Carol voted to eliminate a manufacturing tax deduction for larger oil and gas companies.  The bill also comprehensively invested into wind, solar and geothermal energy systems and extended tax credits to producers of cleaener burning bio-dielsel and cellulosic alcohol based fuels.  [HR 5351, Vote #80, 2/27/08; Release, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, 2/27/08]